Hi, I am hoping to buy our Japan Rail passes for our holiday but am not sure which of the JR passes will be the best value for us: just buying individual tickets or the JR pass and/ or the JR east pass. We are a family of five: 2 adults and three children aged 3, 8 and 11.
Our itinerary is:
December 14-land in Narita and travel to Sheraton Grande Disney hotel
-December 15-17 Disneyland
-December 17-21- tour around Tokyo
-December 21 travel to Hilton in Odawara City (not sure which train is best)
-December 22-Enjoy the lakes area
-December 23-travel from Odawara City to Nozowa Onsen (Train from Tokyo to Iiyma Station)
-December 23- 30 in Nozawa Onsen
-December 30 travel from Iiyma station to Kyoto (Higashiyama Subway Station)
-January 1- day trip to Nara
-January 2-Train from Kyoto to Osaka
-January 3-Osaka or short day trip
January 4- Stay in Osaka and visit Universal Studios
January 5-fly out of Osaka airport.
I was thinking of buying the the JR East Pass for the days we go from Toyoko to the lakes area and up to Iiyma (December 21-23). I would then buy a 7 day national JR pass for the December 30 to January 5th part of the holiday to travel from Iiyma to Kyoto/Osaka/Nara and possibly Hiroshima. Does this make sense?
I have been told we will have trouble getting trains from the mountains to Kyoto due to crowding but I don't think this can be avoided.
I would be so grateful if I can have some advice on the best way to proceed. Many thanks in advance for your assistance and time.