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:

Guide to plan your trip. How to find Japan Railway’s timetables

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:

The list of deals for Tokyo to/from Narita airport

Suggested deals for Haneda passengers

Please refer the following links:

Haneda airport access guide and the list of deals

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:

Guide to take trains in Tokyo. How to choose the best deal and the best route by train to get the major spots?

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:

Odawara station guide. How to transfer to the train to Hakone

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:

For non JR pass travellers. Guide to use JR single ticket, basic rules, validity and stopover

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.

How to access to Nara by Japan Rail Pass. If you don’t use JR Pass, Kintetsu Railway is more convenient.

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

Kyoto station guide. How to transfer among Shinkansen, Kintetsu, Subway and JR local trains.

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.

How to choose the best train pass for sightseeing in Kyoto

Guide to take trains in Kyoto. How to choose the best route by train to get the major spots?

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.

Most convenient and the fastest train among Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. Special Rapid Service

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.

How to choose the best train pass for sightseeing in Osaka

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!

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

  1. Hi Takeshi San,

    we are planning to go Japan in mid December 2019. My planning to to cover Tokyo, Hakone & Kyoto for 7days.

    1st day arrive midnight 01:00am at Haneda airport
    2nd day plan to go Hakone and stay 1 night
    3rd & 4th day from Hakone to Kyoto and stay 2 nights
    5th day back to Tokyo city and stay for 3 nights (2days for disneyland & disneysea)

    based on my planning, is it advisable to get 7days JR Pass?

    thanks!

    Regards,
    Joyce

    1. Hi Joyce san,

      7-day JR pass is recommended. You can start using it when you leave Tokyo for Hakone. You can take the Shinkansen to get Odawara:
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/how-to-build-the-trip-plan-to-hakone-various-sample-itineraries-of-hakone.html

      And you can add Hakone Free Pass there. You don’t need to take Odakyu Railway from Shinjuku to Hakone-Yumoto. You will use JR Pass and you should use it as much as you can.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi,
    I am traveling to Japan for the first time for one week as follow:
    September 11 arrive at Narita at 3:30pm
    Stay in Tokyo near Ueno
    September 14 Leaving for Hakone
    Stop at Hakone for one day. Thinking about your recommendation to stay. In Hakone Overnight
    Travel to Kyoto
    Stay in Kyoto till 17 September.
    Return to Tokyo for flight back to San Francisco on September 18 at 5pm
    Is this itinerary possible with all the trains. Can I go from Kyoto to Narita the same day to catch my flight.
    How difficult it is to travel with a carry on.
    I really appreciate it

      1. Hi Nelly,

        Your itinerary is okay. You can do this trip.
        You may use the pass as I mentioned in the previous reply:
        https://jprail.com/forums-about-japan-rail-pass-and-rail-travel-in-japan/comment-page-180#comment-296140

        You can get Narita from Kyoto on the departure day. It takes about 4.5 hours by the Shinkansen and the Narita Express including the transfer time in Shinagawa. You can find the timetable of the Shinkansen and the Narita Express in the links below:
        https://global.jr-central.co.jp/en/info/timetable/
        http://www.eki-net.com/pc/jreast-shinkansen-reservation/english/wb/common/timetable/index.html

        Cheers,

        Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Dear Takeshi San,

    We are a group of 12 adults coming to Japan from 31 Oct to 10 Nov 2019.
    Our itineraries will be:

    1 Nov – Narita Airport to Asakusa
    2 Nov – Shinjuku
    3 Nov – Kamakura
    4 & 5 Nov – 2 days in Hakone
    6 Nov – Odawara to Osaka
    7 & 8 Nov – 2 days trip to Kyoto (overnight in Osaka)
    9 Nov – Nara
    10 Nov – Osaka Airport 3.15pm

    We are not sure to buy JR pass for nationwide or buying other passes. Not sure if use early for 7 day pass and buy Tokyo Metro Pass is it worthy.

    Could you please offer your opinion on our itinerary and travel pass type?

    Thank you

    JS

      1. Dear Takeshi San,

        Thank you for your reply and clear instructions.

        We will follow.

        Have a good day.

        Regards
        Janette

  4. Dear Takeshi San,

    Very detailed explanation of the itinerary.

    Could you please give me advise on my 11days itinerary on Hakone onwards?
    I’m abit confused on the base fare part.

    Day 1-3 Tokyo
    Day 4 Tokyo to Hakone
    Day 4-6 Hakone
    Day 6 Hakone to Osaka (up till here I will be following you’re recommended method)
    Your sample here is a stop trip at Kyoto for a day then continue to Osaka.
    If I were to directly go to Osaka, should I buy the same ticket as your suggested one?

    Day 6-11 Osaka (day trips to Kyoto, Kobe maybe Nara)
    Do you recommend getting Osaka amazing pass and Kansai Thru pass?

    Day 11 Osaka to airport morning

    Thanks for the hardwork on the itinerary, really helped alot in planning my trip.
    Hope to hear from you soon.

    CK

    1. Hi CK san,

      You can simply use the single fare ticket to Osaka. You don’t need to use any stopover.

      Kansai thru pass is the best choice for the trip to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. If you visit many attractions, Osaka amazing pass is the best choice. But there are several other options in Osaka. Please see the links below to find the deal in Osaka and to Kansai airport:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi San,

        Thank you for the swift reply. Some parts I don’t understand about the tickets.
        From your sample you said:
        5060 yen Shinkansen reserved seat surcharge (Odawara-Kyoto)
        8640 yen Base fare ticket (Odwara-Kansai airport)

        and for my question you said that single fare ticket to Osaka is sufficient, so do I still need to buy the Shinkansen reserved/unreserved seat surcharge but instead of (Odawara-Kyoto) I should select (Odawara-Osaka)? Or just buying the Base fare ticket is enough? Or is both must be bought together?

        Thanks for the links. I’ll read them.

        Thanks
        CK

        1. Hi CK san,

          You have to purchase a base fare ticket for Odawara to Osaka and the Shinkansen seat ticket for Odawara to Shin-Osaka. If you purchase only the base fare ticket, you have to take the local train. It is much slower than the Shinkansen and you have to change the trains 4 or 5 times. It takes about 8 hours. All trains are the commute trains and you sometimes have to stand up because the train is busy by the local commuters and students. It is not a realistic choice.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hi Takeshi San,

            Ah that clears things up.

            Thank you very much Takeshi San.
            Am very excited for my upcoming trip.

            Sincerely,
            CK

              1. Hi Takeshi San

                Its me again, I’m gonna be at Osaka for 5 day 4 nights, so I’m thinking of getting Kansai Thru Pass (3 days) and Osaka Amazing Pass(2 day).
                Is it sufficient or do I need and ICOCA card just in case since ICOCA card can be refunded?

                Thanks.
                CK

                1. Hi CK san,

                  I don’t think you need ICOCA. When you have to take JR train, you cannot use Kansai thru pass and Osaka amazing pass. But mostly you can make trip by other than JR which are subway, Kintetsu, Keihan, Hankyu, Hanshin and Nankai railways. When you need to take JR train, just buy a regular ticket. If you use ICOCA and try to get refund, you may have to wait on the line in Kansai airport station. It’s just wasting time.

                  Cheers,

                  Takeshi JPRail.com

                  1. Hi Takeshi San,

                    Thank you for answering my questions.
                    I’ve just bought the tickets to Japan and am looking foward to visit the beautiful country.

                    Thanks alot.
                    Arigatou Gozaimasu.

                    CK

  5. Dear Takeshi,

    I will be travelling from the 03.08.19 – 13.08.19

    My routes are as follows: Haneda,Tokyo (Arrival) – Asakusa,Tokyo (5nights) – Fujikawaguchiko (1night) – Gora,Hakone (1night) – Kawaramachi,Kyoto (3nights) – Kansai,Osaka(Departure)

    I’m not sure if I should
    a) opt for a Japan Rail Pass and a Fuji Hakone Pass
    b) forgo the Japan Rail Pass, instead opt for a Fuji Hakone Pass and Kansai Area Wide Pass to travel from kyoto to osaka Kansai Airport

    Would greatly appreciate your advice.

    Shuren

    1. Hi Shuren,

      You may use Fuji Hakone Pass but JR pass does not suit your trip plan. You cannot get the worth of it.

      For staying in Tokyo, you can find the deal in the link below:
      https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/airport_bus/index.html

      I recommend you to use Fuji Hakone Pass Odawara version because if you use Shinjuku version, it includes Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko and Hakone to Shinjuku. But you will take the Shinkansen from Odawara to Kyoto. You need only Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko. You may simply add the regular fare to get Kawaguchiko by express bus.
      https://www.odakyu.jp/english/passes/fujihakone/
      http://bus-en.fujikyu.co.jp/highway/detail/id/1

      And then add the regular fare to take the Shinkansen from Odawara to Kyoto.

      Kansai Wide Area Pass is way too much for your trip. You can find some deals for sightseeing in Kyoto in the link below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

      And then use Kansai area pass one day from Kyoto to Kansai by the limited express train Haruka:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/how-to-use-jr-west-kansai-area-pass-compare-pass-and-single-fare.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. Dear Takeshi,

    Please give me advise on my 10days itinerary as below:
    Day 1-3 Tokyo
    Day 4 Tokyo to Hakone
    Day 5 Hakone to Nagoya
    *Question: As i added Nagoya to my itinerary compared to yours, is it still cheaper if i buy regular ticket instead of JR pass?
    *Is it recommended/worth to take regular train instead of shinkansen for enjoying the scene along the train journey? I don’t mind travel with longer time.
    *if i am not taking shinkansen, do i still need to buy base fare ticket?
    Day 6 Nagoya to Kyoto
    Day 7-8 Kyoto
    Day 9 Kyoto to Osaka
    Day 10 Osaka to airport at night

    *Since i am not using JR pass, can i buy all the train tickets only on that travel day itself(or a day before)?
    *Is it cheaper to buy tickets at counter than buy online? As I found some of the websites selling tickets with more expensive price.

    Thank you for your reply!

    Regards,
    B

    1. Hi Bethel,

      JR pass is still not the choice for your trip. And I don’t recommend to take a local train to get Nagoya. Because there is no direct trains from Odawara to Nagoya. You must change trains a few times and all trains are a sort of commute train. You may not be able to sit down. Actually this is tough for even train buffs in Japan.

      If you use Smart Ex which is JR Central official app, the price is same online.
      https://smart-ex.jp/en/index.html

      But you may purchase it in the counter. But I recommend you to buy in few days before. It may be hard to find the seat if you buy it on the spot.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

    2. Dear Takeshi,

      If I using Kansai Thru pass in the last four days, is it better if i stay at Osaka for 4 nights straight(instead of 2 nights in Kyoto and Osaka), or no difference?
      Lastly, I am more to nature/relax style, will you recommend me Kyoto or Osaka to spend more times/days with?
      Thank you for your patience reply.

      Regards,
      B

      1. Hi B,

        If you stay in Osaka and make day trips to Kyoto or other cities outside Osaka, Kansai thru pass is a good choice. But if you stay in Kyoto and/or Osaka and using it for sightseeing in the city, it’s not a good choice. Because 2-day pass is sold at 4,000 yen. You have to make 2,000 worth a day. It’s hard to do it for sightseeing in Kyoto from Kyoto or Osaka from Osaka. You must do sightseeing to Kyoto as day trip from Osaka.

        On the other hand, Kyoto is more suitable for you. Kyoto offers nature/relax style than Osaka.

        Cheers,

        Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Your sample itinerary was very informative! We are going on our first trip to Japan for 13 days.

    Feb 5 to 7 – Okinawa
    Feb 7 – Travel to Kobe airport staying and stop by Kobe or Osaka for dinner before travel to Kyoto – Hotel
    Feb 8 – 11 – Kyoto/ Nara/ Osaka /Rabbit Island ( Option)
    Feb 12 – 16 – Hakone /Tokyo / Doraemon Museum / Diver-city/Onsen
    Feb 16 – Narita Airport 6pm

    We are not sure to buy JR pass for nationwide or buying other passes. Not sure if use early for 7 day pass and buy Tokyo Metro Pass is it worthy

    Could you please offer your opinion on our itinerary and travel pass type?

    1. Hi Jaslynn,

      If you are sure to go to Rabbit island, JR pass 7-day will work. Otherwise JR pass is not your choice like the sample itinerary above.

      If you don’t use JR pass, you may use the deal in the link below for Kansai area.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/how-to-choose-discount-railway-ticket-and-pass-in-kansai-area.html

      Hakone Free Pass from Shinjuku is for the trip to Hakone.
      https://www.odakyu.jp/english/passes/hakone/
      2-day pass is your choice even if you have a day trip. If you use JR pass, you can get Odawara by JR Pass and use Hakone Free Pass from Odawara. Shinjuku version Hakone Free Pass is not required.

      And you can use Tokyo subway ticket.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  8. Hello Takeshi,

    This is very informative and helpful. Thank you so much.

    My planned itinerary is:
    Day 1 – arrival (morning) at Tokyo and planned to stroll the city afterwards
    Day 2- Disneyland
    Day 3 – Tokyo to Mt.Fuji – Hakone (overnight at Hakone)
    Day 4- Hakone to Kyoto (might leave Hakone afternoon and sleep at Kyoto)
    Day 5 – Kyoto whole day
    Day 5 – Kyoto to Osaka (Universal Studio)
    Day 6 – Departure

  9. Hi.

    This is very informative. I’m planning a trip from Tokyo-Hakone-Osaka for one week. My main aim is to go to Fuji-Q Highland in Hakone and Universal Studio Japan in Osaka.

    I’m thinking of buying JR west pass for Kansai area. And one way tickets from Tokyo to Hakone.

    Is this feasible? Or is there a cheaper alternative?

    1. Hi Bakabaka,

      First of all, Fuji-Q highland is not located in Hakone. It is located in Lake Kawaguchi area. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

      If you want to see both Hakone and Fuji-Q highland, please see the link below. This is one day sample itinerary but you may find the way to visit both Hakone and Lake Kawaguchi.
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1to3-days/fuji-hakone-one-day-trip-sample-itinerary-you-can-visit-both-lake-kawaguchi-and-hakone-by-day-trip-from-tokyo.html

      Regarding Kansai area pass, I cannot say that it’s a good choice or not. But if you stay in downtown Osaka only, it’s not a right choice. If you visit outside Osaka, such as Nara, Kyoto, Kobe, it works. There are lots of better deal for sightseeing in Osaka. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  10. Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu Takeshi San!

    Thank you for the post on your sample itinerary, it was very informative! We are going on our first trip to Japan next year and we cannot decide if the JR pass is worth buying or not. Could you please offer your opinion on our itinerary below?

    Mar 21 – Narita to Tokyo
    Mar 26 – Tokyo to Hakone
    Mar 27 – Hakone to Osaka (based in Osaka)
    Mar 28 to Apr 31 – Osaka to Kyoto / Nara / Kobe (will be travelling to Kyoto from Osaka about 2 times at most)
    Apr 1 – Osaka to KIX

    Thank you! Looking forward to your response.

    1. Hi Arissa san,

      JR pass does not work unfortunately. You must have a round trip between Tokyo and Osaka to get the worth. As I wrote in the post above, you have to use a regular ticket for Tokyo-Hakone-Osaka. Even if you have a lot of trips in Osaka/Kyoto/Nara/Kobe, it does not help to get the worth of it. You must have a big trip outside Kansai area, such as trip to Hiroshima to get the worth of JR pass.
      https://jprail.com/destinations/world-heritage-destinations/day-trip-to-hiroshima-and-miyajima-from-osakakyoto.html

      If you don’t use JR pass, you may use Kansai thru pass for trip to Kyoto, Nara and Kobe from Osaka.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-use-kansai-thru-pass-compare-pass-and-single-fare.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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  • Please do not ask me to reply to your inquiry by email. In this website, I would like to share all information with any readers. I do not communicate with you directly.

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