On 26/03/19, my husband and I are planning to visit Japan for 17 days. I have the draft itinerary and I need your opinion please. We wanted to buy JR pass for 7 days.
26.03.19 arrive at 8:30 am at Osaka Kansai Airport. JR pass activation and take Haruka train to Shin-Osaka and overnight in this area.
27.03.19 take Shinkansen train from Osaka to Okayama and Kurashiki. Overnight in Osaka.
28.03.19 trip to Koya-san (How do you recommend to do it?) Overnight in Osaka. To leave luggage in hotel in Osaka.
29.03.19 take Shinkansen train from Osaka to Himeji, Hiroshima and Miyajima. Overnight in Miyajima.
30.03.19 take Shinkansen train from Miyajima to Nara. Come back to our hotel in Osaka for night.
31.03.19 take Shinkansen train from Osaka to Kyoto. 3 days in Kyoto.
03.04.19 take rental car in Kyoto and drive to Takayama. Overnight in Takayama.
04.04.19 morning visit Shirakawa go.
Option 1. Afternoon come to Ashi Lake for 2 nights.
Option 2. One-day trip to Shinhotaka ropeway
Option 3. Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (if open)
Option 4. Nagano and snow monkey
06.04.19 drop of a car in Odawara and take train to Tokyo
09.04.19 take train from Tokyo to Nikko
12.04.19 fly back home from Tokyo
May I know if 7-day jr pass is suitable for me?
Which day should I activate it (Osaka Kansai Airport or Shin-Osaka)?
Should I get Ithe 5 day takayama-Hokuriku pass?
What about Icoca card? Do I need it?
Your response will be kindly appreciated.