I'm looking at purchasing a 7 day Rail Pass for myself and my family however we are looking at staying in Japan over 10 nights (11 days).
Our basic travel plans are as follows:
Day 1: Fly into Narita Airport (Terminal 3) and travel to Shinjuku
Day 2: Local trips around Shinjuku
Day 3 & 4: Disney World
Day 5: Travel to Omiya
Day 6: Travel to Kyoto
Day 7 - 10: Local Trips plus Nara
Day 11: Travel to Narita Airport
I plan to use the JR Pass from Day 5 when we plan to go to Omiya Bonsai Village for the day and use the pass from there onwards for the remainder of our trip.
I see that the N'Ex operates between Narita Airport and Shinjuku station - I think this may be the easiest method for us to get to Shinjuku station. We are staying at the Hotel Gracery @ Shinjuku which I understand is close to the station so we should be able to walk. Can I obtain tickets from Narita Airport for the train? Do I need to reserve a seat for the train? If so, how do I do that?
When I activate my JR Rail Pass, where do I activate the pass at Shinjuku station? As I plan to use the pass on the day, is it active immediately or is there a time delay before I can use it?
Do you have any other suggestions on the best way to travel for the first few days while in Tokyo when we don't have a JR Pass?