Sample itinerary of Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and Osaka classic route in 7 days

Highest mountain, Mt. Fuji from Lake Ashi, Hakone  ©Odakyu Electric Railway/©JNTO
Highest mountain, Mt. Fuji from Lake Ashi, Hakone ©Odakyu Electric Railway/©JNTO

Some of you are wondering if you should use JR pass or not for one way trip from Tokyo to Osaka via Hakone and Kyoto. Actually JR pass does not meet this trip. The price of 7 days JR pass is 29100 yen. One way base fare from Tokyo to Kyoto or Shin-Osaka plus Shinkansen surcharge is around 14000 yen. As long as you have one way trip from Tokyo to Kyoto or Osaka, JR pass is way more expensive than single fare. Even if you use JR pass when you stay in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, it is not realistic to spend another 15000 yen. Base fare in these cities is 200 to 500 yen.

In this post, I show you sample itinerary and some deals in these cities.
*When you follow this sample itinerary, please check the updated timetable. You can find more information about timetable at the link below:

Day 1 Narita or Haneda airport to downtown Tokyo

New train E259 series Narita Express
JR’s airport express train, Narita Express

Suggested deals for Narita passengers

There are many deals available. Please refer the following link about Narita deals:

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The list of deals for Tokyo to/from Narita airport
Narita Airport departure floor © Y.Shimizu/© JNTOIt you use JR Pass, JR East Pass or Kanto Area Pass right after you arrive in Narita, you don't need to purchase any more deals or passes. But some of you stay in Tokyo for the first several d...

Suggested deals for Haneda passengers

Tokyo Monorail
Tokyo Monorail connects Haneda airport and Hamamatsucho.

Please refer the following links:

If you arrive in Haneda after 22:00, you have to be hurry. Please find more information about late arrival in Haneda at the following link:
How to take Tokyo Monorail or Keihin Kyuko for late arrival and early departure at Haneda

Day 2 Tokyo

Senso-ji temple and Tokyo Skytree in Asakusa ©Yasufumi Nishi/©JNTO
Senso-ji temple and Tokyo Skytree in Asakusa ©Yasufumi Nishi/©JNTO

Enjoy sightseeing in Tokyo.

You can find the detailed information of train system in downtown Tokyo in the link below. You also can find the information about the deals:

In Tokyo, single fare is very reasonable. Single fare may be cheaper if you visit one or two places.

Day 3 Tokyo to Hakone

Owakudani is one of Must-See spots in Hakone.  ©Odakyu Electric Railway/©JNTO
Owakudani is one of Must-See spots in Hakone. ©Odakyu Electric Railway/©JNTO

Suggested itinerary
08:53 Shinjuku
Odakyu railway’s limited express Hakone 9
10:35 Hakone-Yumoto

Leave your baggage at hotel or locker at the station. Enjoy sightseeing Hakone all day.

Odakyu Railway is most convenient to get Hakone and cheaper than JR trains. You can purchase base fare ticket and Hakone Free Pass Odawara departure at Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center at Shinjuku station.

Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center

Suggested deals
Base fare ticket (Shinjuku – Odawara) 880 yen
Hakone Free Pass (Odawara departure 2 days) 4000 yen

Hakone Free Pass gives you unlimited ride for local transportation in Hakone.

Hakone Free Pass

Shijuku departure Hakone Free Pass (5140 yen) is not required for this itinerary. Because it includes round trip to/from Shijuku. But you do not come back to Shinjuku and leave Hakone then go to Kyoto next day. Of course single fare for Shinjuku-Odawara is cheaper than the difference between Shinjuku departure Hakone Free Pass and Odawara departure Hakone Free Pass.

Hakone Free Pass does not include Limited Express charge. If you want to take Odakyu’s Limited Express train, “Romancecar”, add another 890 yen. If you pay only base fare, you have to take regular commute train and you have to transfer the trains at Odawara. If you take Romancecar, you will enjoy much better seat and direct transfer to Hakone-Yumoto.

Odakyu Romancecar website

Once you get Hakone, use Hakone Free Pass as much as you can. You can get most of places in Hakone by this pass.

I recommend you to stay in Hakone for at least one night. But if you want to visit Hakone as “luggage free” day trip from Tokyo, Hakone Free Pass Shinjuku departure is the best deal.
Odakyu Railway Hakone Free Pass

Day 4 Hakone to Kyoto

Fushimi Inari shrine is most popular spot in Kyoto in these days. ©Kyoto Convention Bureau /©JNTO
Fushimi Inari shrine is most popular spot in Kyoto in these days. ©Kyoto Convention Bureau /©JNTO

Suggested itinerary
09:40 Hakone-Yumoto
Hakone Tozan Railway
09:54 Odawara
10:08 Odawara
Hikari 507
12:13 Kyoto

Odawara station is the nearest JR station to Hakone. You can catch Shinkansen to get Kyoto. Please find the details about Odawara station at the following:

There are some Shinkansen train, “Hikari” stop at Odawara and takes you to Kyoto without any transfer. I picked 10:08 departure, Hikari 507. Please see the timetable at the link below and find the train what you want to take:

Tokaido Shinkansen timetable westbound

You may find Hikari 493 (“H” 493 on timetable) that departs from Odawara at 6:15, Hikari 501 (“H” 493 on timetable) that departs from Odawara at 7:04 and many more trains mostly every two hours. Please try to catch this kind of Hikari. This is the fastest and direct way to get Kyoto from Odawara.

Required fare
Shinkansen reserved seat surcharge (Odawara-Kyoto) 5060 yen
Base fare ticket (Odwara-Kansai airport) 8640 yen

Base fare ticket and Shinkansen surcharge ticket are required to take Shinkansen. You can purchase these tickets in advance. Shinkansen and limited express surcharge tickets can be purchased at any JR stations that have reservation window, a.k.a. “Midori no Mdoguchi”. Base fare ticket also can be purchased with surcharge ticket at same time. So you can just transfer from Hakone Tozan Railway train to Shinkansen at Odawara.

In this itinerary, you can purchase one base fare ticket from Odawara to Kansai airport. Because you can make stopovers at Kyoto and Osaka. Please find more information at the link below:

If you follow my suggested itinerary, you have half day for sightseeing in Kyoto. I recommend to visit south part of Kyoto, like Fushimi Inari. It’s just 5 minutes away from Kyoto station by Nara line local train and single fare is only 140 yen one way. If you want, you can visit even Nara.

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How to access to Nara by Japan Rail Pass. If you don't use JR Pass, Kint...
Todaiji is one of the popular spot in Nara. ©Nara Prefecture/©JNTONara is former capital city in Japan and it is older than Kyoto. Some of shrines, temples and districts are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you travel in Kansai area, yo...

If you need some more information about Kyoto station, please refer the link below:

If you go to Nara or other spots in Kyoto, please exit at Kyoto station and purchase other ticket. Your ticket is for Kansai airport. You have to exit and make a stopover Kyoto. You cannot use this ticket to other direction.

Day 5 Kyoto

Arashiyama is very popular in any season.  	© soryofu/© JNTO
Arashiyama is very popular in any season. © soryofu/© JNTO

You can enjoy in Kyoto for all day.

Please refer the links below to find the information of train system in Kyoto and deals in Kyoto.

Day 6 Kyoto to Osaka

Osaka castle is very accessible. ©Osaka Government Tourism Bureau/©JNTO
Osaka castle is very accessible. ©Osaka Government Tourism Bureau/©JNTO

Suggested itinerary
09:14 Kyoto
Special rapid
09:43 Osaka

Now you can restart to use long base fare ticket for Odawara-Kansai airport. Now you can make stopover at Osaka. Special Rapid is the fastest way to get Osaka (Umeda). It is a sort of commute train. Only base fare is required to take this train.

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Most convenient and the fastest train among Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. Special Ra...
Special Rapid Service dominates Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe-Himeji transfer.Special Rapid Service is the fastest local train that is operated between Tsuruga (=敦賀) and Kamigori (=上郡) via Kyoto (=京都), Shin-Osaka (=新大阪), Osaka (=大阪), Sannomiya (=三...

As long as you go forward, you can make multiple stopover in same city. So for example, you can make stopovers at Osaka (Umeda) and Imamiya. You can’t go to Namba by this single ticket because Namba is not on the route to Kansai Airport. But you can make stopover at Imamiya and purchase another ticket to JR-Namba station.

I suggested you to use base fare ticket for Odawara to Kansai airport. But if you intend to stay near subway station, you can purchase base fare ticket for Odawara to Shin-Osaka or Osaka. You can take Nankai railway to get Kansai airport from Namba. That is easier and faster especially if you stay in Namba.

Day 7 Osaka to Kansai airport

You can restart to use base fare ticket to Kansai airport. You have two choices, Kansai airport rapid or limited express Haruka.
If you take Haruka, you have to add limited express surcharge. But only base fare ticket is okay to take Kansai airport rapid. Limited express surcharge is 1,490 yen for reserved seat and 970 yen for non reserved. In my opinion, non reserved seat is okay when you travel other than peak season, like mid August, New Years holidays and Golden Week (late Apr to early May).

Suggest deals for departure from Namba or other subway stations
Kanku Rapi:t Tokuwari Ticket (1130 yen)
Kanku Chikatoku Ticket (1000 yen)

Summary and total costs

If you have one way trip from Tokyo to Osaka, as you read above, the key is how to combine deals and single fare. In this itinerary, approximate total cost is the following:

1500 yen n’ex direct ticket
1000 yen Metro and Toei subway one day pass
880 yen Base fare ticket (Shinjuku – Odawara)
890 yen Romancecar limited express surcharge (Shinjuku-Hakneyumoto)
4000 yen Hakone Free Pass (Odawara departure 2 days)
5060 yen Shinkansen reserved seat surcharge (Odawara-Kyoto)
8640 yen Base fare ticket (Odwara-Kansai airport)
280 yen Base fare ticket (Kyoto-Inari return)
1200 yen Kyoto city sightseeing card (subway and bus pass)
800 yen Enjoy Eco card (Osaka subway pass)
970 yen Haruka non reserved seat surcharge (Shin-Osaka to KIX)

Total : 25220 yen

Even I include many non JR deals, it is about 4000 yen cheaper than JR Pass 7 days.

I show you 7 days itinerary but you can extend stay in Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto or Osaka. And also I have another sample itinerary that includes Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka only. Please see the following post to find it.

Basic itinerary of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka in 7 days

I hope this post will help you to build your trip plan to Japan!

478 thoughts on “Sample itinerary of Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto and Osaka classic route in 7 days”

  1. Hi Takeshi,
    I am travelling to Japan at the end of the month and would like to consult about my itinerary.

    Day 1- Haneda airport – shinjuku
    Day 2- Tokyo
    Day 3- Tokyo
    Day 4- Hakone
    Day 5- Osaka
    Day 6- Osaka
    Day 7- Kyoto (1 day trip)
    Day 8- Nara (1 day trip)
    Day 9- Kansai airport

    The tickets I am planning to buy are
    1. Tokyo 72 hours subway
    2. Hakone free pass
    3. Osaka amazing pass 2 days
    4. A suica card

    I do not think JR pass 7 days will justify its cost. What do you think about my choices, and is there better alternative?

    Best regards,

    1. Hi Francis,

      Your choices are right. And also I recommend you to add Kansai thru pass for trip to Nara and Kyoto.

      You might find a deal for the last day to KIX in the link below:

      You may not need Suica.


      Takeshi /

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    Greetings from Bali,

    We are a young parents who is going to travel with a 4yr old with total of 11 nights and its our first time.

    We will be travelling to Japan in the upcoming days and have almost a similar itinerary as your suggestion. We are still confused and figuring out about weather getting a JR pass or individuals train tickets. Really need your advice on below schedule :

    Day 1 : Narita airport – Shinjuku area
    Day 2 : Tokyo
    Day 3 : Tokyo
    Day 4 : Disney ( maybe worth mention)
    Day 5 : Tokyo- Hakone
    Day 6 : Hakone – Odawara- Kyoto
    Day 7 : Kyoto
    Day 8 :Kyoto
    Day 9 : Maybe Nara or Kobe ? If you have a suggestion for a night stay
    Day 10 : Nara/ Kobe/ anywhere – Tokyo
    Day 11 :Tokyo – Narita- home

    Once more, if you could advise regarding the trains and maybe any other advise plus what is the policy of a travelling child (4yr) on Shinkansen. Do we need to purchase a full ticket since we like him to get his own seat.

    Thank you so much and i look forward to your suggestions


    1. Hi Ray,

      You may use JR pass 7 days for day 5 to the end of your trip.

      For the first few nights in Tokyo, you can use subway pass + Narita airport access deal in the link below:

      But subway does not cover Disneyland. Regular ticket is okay.

      You can find the coverage of JR pass after day 5 in the links below:

      How about staying in Shirahama. Shirahama is one of popular hot springs resort. There is Adventure World. I have been there with my daughter. She was same age as your child at that time. Please see the link below to find my trip report. I believe your child will like it.

      Trip to Shirahama is covered by JR pass fully.


      Takeshi /

  3. Hi mr takeshi.
    Im sylvi

    I will go to japan 24may – 6june (14days)

    I will arrive n return flight from narita tokyo.

    My itinerary :
    24. Narita tokyo
    25. Tokyo to toyama gokayama
    26. Toyama to shirakawago to tokyo
    27. Tokyo to hakone to osaka
    28. Osaka to kyoto
    29. Universal osaka
    30. Nara kobe
    31. Osaka
    1. Osaka to tokyo
    2. Disneysea
    3. Tokyo
    4. Tokyo
    5. Tokyo
    6. Flight from narita

    Can i only buy 7days jrpass? N i start to use it on 27may – 2june. N i will buy nex express return ticket 4000yen (i can use it within 14days for return to narita).

    Can you let me know that it will make sense if i buy jrpass for 14days or 7days + nex narita return ?

    How about my itinerary? Is it good schedule? Or u have any good idea for my trip?

    Thanks alot..

    1. Hi Sylvi,

      NEX ticket and JR pass 7 days are better choice than 14 days pass. Actually you cannot get the worth of 14 days pass.
      I recommend you to make a small change on your trip plan for day 2 to 4.

      My suggested plan
      25. Tokyo to Hakone to Tokyo
      26. Tokyo to toyama gokayama
      27. Toyama to shirakawago to Kanazawa to Osaka
      After 28th, you can keep your trip plan.

      You can get Osaka easily from either Toyama or Kanazawa. It’s easier to go back to Tokyo. You may start using JR pass 7 days on 25th.

      Nex round trip ticket is okay but there are many other deals available. Please see the link below to find more info:


      Takeshi /

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    Can you please let me know if it makes more sense to buy JR Pass for our family of 4 (2 adults, one 5-year old and one 8-year old) for the following itinerary? If not what’s the best options for trains? I tried to figure it out myself but seem to be very complicated. Your expert advice will be greatly appreciated!

    3/29: arrive at Tokyo NRT. Train to Osaka
    3/29-4/1: stay in Osaka
    4/1: train from Osaka to Hakone
    4/2: train from Hakone to Tokyo
    4/2-4/6: stay at Tokyo but plan to take day trips to places such as Kamakura and Yokohama
    4/7: departure from Tokyo NRT

    Thank you very much!

    1. Hi Rachel,

      JR pass is the right choice. You can use 7 days pass for the first 7 days in your trip. 14 days pass is too expensive.
      You need to add Hakone Free Pass because JR pass does not cover any transportation in Hakone. You can get Odawara by JR pass and then you can purchase Hakone Free Pass there.

      In Osaka, you can use JR pass but you may need to add some fares or passes to take subway. JR pass does not cover subway.

      You can make day trips before JR Pass expires. You can add subway pass for sightseeing in downtown Tokyo.

      No deals are available to get Narita.


      Takeshi /

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