Need advice on trains in Japan

Old Apr 17th, 2012, 06:50 AM
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Need advice on trains in Japan

My husband & I will be in Japan 4/28 to 5/14 for the 1st. time. Not sure the best way to get around. Should I buy a 14 day JR Pass, JR Suica Card and day passes for the bus in Kyoto?.
arrive 4/28 Tokyo Keio Plaza Suinjuku (will take the A/P bus here)
4/29-5/1 Tokyo
5/2 Tokyo to Kyoto The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto
5/3-5/8 Kyoto with day trips to Nara & Hiroshima
5/9-5/13 Kyoto to Toyama City ( to visit daughter who is new to Japan)
5/13 Toyama City to NRT A/P overnight at Narita Excel Hotel
depart 5/14 Back to the states.
I possible, plz be specific. I really stink at public transportation.
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Old Apr 17th, 2012, 10:23 AM
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Checking train fares on shows that you would benefit from buying a 14-day ordinary JR Pass. You can buy a SUICA card and use for the Tokyo Metro and yes you should buy a day bus pass for Kyoto if you plan on utilizing the bus option throughout Kyoto. Personally I do not like using buses in Kyoto as they are always so crowded but I do use them once in a while....
You can find a lot of useful information about Japan using this site:

Like this very helpful page on getting around on a train in Japan

or this page which explains transport within Tokyo

Or how to purchase and use your SUICA card

Lots of information here so check it out then come back with more questions.

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Old Apr 17th, 2012, 10:44 PM
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Toyama to Narita by JR is a 5-hour trip, so I took a look at the option of flying, but flying Toyama to Narita Airport is not a great option.

The idea was a 7-day pass for May 2-9 and then flying out of Toyama (using 5,000 United miles for the one-way). But neither ANA nor JAL fly to Narita. ANA does fly from Toyama to Tokyo Haneda Airport. That would be an option if you wanted to spend the last night in Tokyo. Otherwise, you would still have to travel from Haneda to Narita.

But, the 14-day fits your plan.
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Old Apr 17th, 2012, 10:47 PM
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... flying Toyama to Narita Airport is not an great option.
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Old Apr 17th, 2012, 10:51 PM
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and, of course, May 2-9 would be EIGHT days, so nevermind.
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Old Apr 18th, 2012, 07:41 AM
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Just took a look at your dates again and realized you will arrive on one of the busiest travel days of the year in Japan during their Golden Week. Luckily for you most people will be leaving Tokyo to go the the suburbs and beyond this day so you will be ok traveling but on the day you are scheduled to take the train to Kyoto it may be a busy time so get your shinkansen reservations when you arrive.

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