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1. Posted by Living_color (First Time Poster 1 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

We'll be Japan (flying into Tokyo) for 10 days at the beginning of October. The country is so beautiful I'm overwhelmed with what to do in so little time. Any suggestions would be incredibly appreciated!

This is our itinerary so far and some ideas of what we'll see/do (not planning on seeing everything as we won't have time but these seem to be the highlights that we'll choose from):

-Tokyo (3 days)
1-3 & 10 October
-sega world, Matsumoto, homeji, shibuya (night neon lights), Tokyo tower, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (better view than Tokyo Tower), sensoji temple, imperial palace, sushi - Tsukiji, Royal Palace, Ginza, Tsukiji market, Kabukiza, Marunouchi shopping area, Shiodome, Hamarikyu Gardens, and Yurakucho under the tracks

-Yokohama (day trip en route to hakone)
3 October
- Sankeien Gardens

3-4 October
Hot springs onsen - Tenzan Tohji-kyo $15pp

-Kyoto (2 days)
4 October - 6 October
dry Zen gardens
- Kyoto botanical garden
- Fushimi Inari - temple
- Kinkaku-ji Temple
- Nishiki Market Alley
- Arashiyama Bamboo Grove
- Gion - geishas, night time, food. Restaurant issen yoshoku
Monkey Park Iwatayama $5pp 1 hour

-Nara (day trip)
6 October
- Nara park
-Todai-ji Temple

-Osaka (3 days)
6-9 October
Foodie Capitol
- Tenjinbashisuji Shoping arcade
- Sennichimae Donguyasuji Shopping Arcade
- Kuromon Market

We won't be renting a car, we're getting a japan rail pass. From what I've seen you can only get a 7 day or 14 day pass. Is it possible to buy a 10 day pass anywhere? Also, is the timing with the above itinerary possible?

Thanks so much in advance for any ideas!!

Rachel :)

2. Posted by PatrickHarnett (Budding Member 12 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Sorry, 7 14 or 21 days are the only options for the national rail pass, and I see you are back in Tokyo for day 10 so you would only be looking at a 7-day pass activated after Yokohama (if I read your schedule correctly) Also, you will not get much value from the pass in Tokyo, so really it is the longer distance trips that are needed before counting decent savings.

On the items on your list, it is pretty busy and watch the distance between different things. If you are going to Tsukiji, Hamarikyu is next door, as is Shidome on the way back to the Palace (via Tokyo tower and Ginza maybe). Across in Shinjuku you could do the Govt Met building, Kabukicho and then Shinjuku Goen (I think it's a better park than Hamarikyu).

In Kyoto, you can get a bamboo grove at Kodaiji Temple, and then walk through to Gion. Kinkakuji is good, but so is Ginkakuji (less crowded) - a lot of options, but again, the items are spread out so it does take time to travel from one spot to another.


3. Posted by SA-Tokyo (Budding Member 31 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

How about SKYTREE near Sensoji temple , Asakusa area.

4. Posted by PatrickHarnett (Budding Member 12 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Y2060 for Skytree (no time assigned) and best on a non-weekend. Maybe Y2570 if the site is to be believed. I did a couple of observation towers when younger, but then I might be past paying for a few extra meters in the sky when hotels deliver great views from 30+ floors up. Skytree is interesting to look at from an architecture point of view, but I would prefer spending my money on something better (personal opinion :) )