which city should i start from first

Old Sep 14th, 2017, 06:07 PM
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which city should i start from first

Hi, i will be going to Japan from mid to end December (2 weeks). My plan is as follow

1. Toyko

2. Myoko

3. Gala Yuzawa

4. Kyoto

5. Osaka

which city should i start from first and what is the recommended order of sequence. Also which type of JR pass shld i purchased ?

Much Appreciated yr help and advice.

Thanks
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Old Sep 14th, 2017, 06:43 PM
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Fly into Tokyo and out of Kyoto / Osaka or vice versa. Which to do first depends on a LOT of things. Here's a recent discussion of the question;
http://www.fodors.com/community/asia...o-or-kyoto.cfm
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Old Sep 14th, 2017, 08:37 PM
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By "Myoko" you really mean Myoko-Kogen. Here is train info:
http://myokokogen.net/getting-to-myoko-kogen/

For Gala Yuzawa you would take the shinkanen to Echigo-Yuzawa and then a free shuttle. In ski season the shinkansen goes to Gala Yuzawa.

Look at this map closely:
http://myokokogen.net/wp-content/upl...yoko-kogen.png

Find Shiga Kogen on the map. Under the "g" in Kogen you see the green and white Joetsu shinkansen line. That "g" is a approxximately where Yuzawa is.

The route between Osaka/Kyoto to Myoko-Kogen goes via Matsumoto or Kanazawa. Between Osaka and Yuzawa you would take the shinkansen via Tokyo.

The order won't matter much. But you have to figure out where you want your land after your international trip. That could be Tokyo, Osaka, Toyama, or Niigata.

Can't say much about a JR Pass because I don't know how long you are staying in each place. A 14-day JR Pass would do the job, but it could be overkill.
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Old Sep 14th, 2017, 08:47 PM
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>>But you have to figure out where you want your land after your international trip.

better:
But you have to figure out what your final flight destination will be on the day you arrive in Japan.

Your arrival could be Tokyo, Osaka, Toyama, or Niigata.

Your departure city would be Tokyo or Osaka.
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Old Sep 16th, 2017, 07:26 PM
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You need to determine your arrival and departure cities in Japan. Only after that can anyone say if a rail pass (which one, if any) would save you the most money.
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