I'm planning to visit Japan this summer with my family (my husband, 2 teens and one child). I am thinking of getting 14 Day JR Pass, but not so sure if it will be enough for our plan. This is an itinerary that I currently have.
We will arrived to Haneda airport on June 22, in the afternoon, so we are planning to exchange our Jr pass and then take Shinkansen to Osaka on that day.
June 23-28-- stay in Osaka-- visit these places: Kyoto (2 Days), Kobe, Nara, Osaka Castle, Himeji, then on the last day we will travel to Hiroshima.
June 29-July 2-- stay in Hiroshima--visit Kure (Yamato Museum), Okumoshima Island, Yamaguchi (Akiyoshido Limestone Cave), Kintai Kyo Bridge, Miyajima Hiroshima Castle Atomic Dome Peach park museum.
July 3-4 ---travel to Tokyo- visit Shizuoka---Miho Beach, Nihondaira (Tea plantation), Fujinomiya (Waterfall, shrine and Lake Tanuki)
July 5- Hakone
July 6 - Nikko
July 7-11- Tokyo--Meiji shrine, Ameyayokocho shopping areas, Roppongi Hill (Morri Tower), Asukasa shrine, Imperial Palace, Tokyo sky tree.
Couple things I would like to get some suggestion on:
1. Will this 14 JR Pass is enough or too much for my itinerary? and can I use it for majority of these places that I planed to visit, to minimize other buses fee?
2. Should we start using Jr Pass to go to Osaka on the day we arrived, or we should spend sometime in Tokyo first before go to Osaka, just to maximize the use of the pass?
3. On July 2, should I stayed a night in Hiroshima or take shinkansen back to Tokyo? giving that we will visit Atomic Dome, Hiroshima castle and Miyajima on that day.
4. within Shizuoka, between Nihondaira to Fujinomiya, is there a bus that I can take, so I can visit both place on the same day, or I should just keep it one area for each day?