Hi, it's our first time traveling to Japan by March 2020. And below is our itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrives in Tokyo via Haneda Airport at 2:00 PM
Day 1 - from Hotel stroll around Tokyo (or please suggest a place to visit in Tokyo on our first half-day
Day 2 - Mount Fuji
Day 3 - Disneyland
Day 4 - Travel from Tokyo to Osaka
Day 5 - Explore Kyoto (please advise the best place to visit)
Day 6 - Universal Studio
Day 7 - Stroll nearby Kansai
Our itinerary is not that hectic as I'm traveling with 7y/o girl. Kindly advise the following:-
1. Is it worth to buy the 7-day ordinary nationwide JR Pass?
2. Or is it better to buy Suica, and get a one-way ticket to Shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka? and is it a reserved seat?
3. Is Suica can be used for Osaka - Kyoto day trip?
4. Day 2 Mt Fuji trip, can this be booked on the same day or must be an advanced booking?
Thank you! Your reply would be highly appreciated!
If you are not returning back to Tokyo at the end, the JR Pass would be a waste of money for you.
For where to go in Tokyo your first day, it depends on your interests. By the time you get to your hotel and ready to walk out into the city though, most of the day will be over. You can of course walk around many popular night places like Shibuya and Shinjuku. Or there are many good places to see some great night views.
For Mt Fuji, I am not sure what you mean by booking. You can just go there and go to where you like. The cheapest way would be by bus from Shinjuku.
For Day 5, just a day in Kyoto is sorely shortchanging the place. You could spend months there and not see it all. But if you only want to put in a day, and you can get an early morning start, I suggest you visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine early in the morning (the earlier the better, to avoid the huge crowds), and work your way northwards. You could see Tofukuji, which is nearby and also excellent. For the afternoon, I suggest you see Kiyomizudera and the Higashiyama area. In the evening if you still have some energy, you could walk around Gion or Pontocho. There is also a good light show at Kyoto Stn every evening.
For Day 7, if you have the time, I suggest you take a few hours or half a day and go see Nara Park in Nara. The Todaiji Temple is one of the most impressive in the country, plus you can feed the deer, see some gardens, and more temples/shrines just a few minutes away.
Since you won't need a JR Pass, you can use a Suica or Pasmo card to get around. You can use them both in Tokyo and Kansai. If you are leaving Japan from Kansai though you would not be able to get any refund on the card there.
You can check on train info on Hyperdia - you can see regular fares, routes, and schedules.
Also, you can look at some previews of some of the best places to see in Japan on:
There are also loads of other tips on
Thank you so much for your reply! This is very informative and will follow your advice.