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Travelling to Tokyo area June 23 and coming back July 3rd.

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Travelling to Tokyo area June 23 and coming back July 3rd.

I am going to the Shinjuku area for a couple of days, then to Kyoto for a couple of days, and then back to Tokyo for a couple of days (including a stop in Yokohama).

I wanted to see if anyone out there had some suggestions for things to see in each area. Also, I read that I need to buy the JR train ticket before I get to Japan. It works on the subways, too, right? I know I will need it to get to Kyoto and back.

Are there places I can do my laundry? I would like to do it in Tokyo, at least, so I won't have to pack so much.

Also, can you some suggest some late night things to do in Shinjuku?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Travelling to Tokyo area June 23 and coming back July 3rd.

www.japan-guide.com is an excellent online resource. You can research all of your proposed destinations.

A 7 day JR should be a good value for your proposed itinerary. www.japanrailpass.net

Please post your complete day by day itinerary here, including arrival and departure airports. Then we can advise as to how to maximize the value of your pass.

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2. Re: Travelling to Tokyo area June 23 and coming back July 3rd.

mrc77: "...Also, I read that I need to buy the JR train ticket before I get to Japan. It works on the subways, too, right?..."

Wrong. The JR pass works for JR trains, and a few busses. Not subways.

Yes you do need to buy your JR pass voucher (not the train tickets, which you get at any JR stations using your JR pass) _before_ you get to Japan (unless you are looking at some of the smaller area passes which, I believe, can be purchased in Japan.) Kintetsu in NYC sells the pass in the US and ships it quite quickly.

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3. Re: Travelling to Tokyo area June 23 and coming back July 3rd.

JR pass is also valid on several train lines within Tokyo - http://www.jreast.co.jp/E/destinations/tokyo/

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4. Re: Travelling to Tokyo area June 23 and coming back July 3rd.

Thanks for the help. Is there a way I can buy a JR pass and pick it up at an office in Dallas or Japan so I will not have to pay the $9 delivery fee?

Also, here is my itinerary ...

Shinjuku area - June 24-27

Kyoto - June 27 - 29

Nara - June 29 -30

Osaka - June 30-July 2, then take a long train ride back to Narita airport to go home.

What are some cool things to do in Nara? I know there are temples and gardens there so I should have more than enough to do.

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5. Re: Travelling to Tokyo area June 23 and coming back July 3rd.

http://www.japanrailpass.net/05/en05_2.html

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6. Re: Travelling to Tokyo area June 23 and coming back July 3rd.

"What are some cool things to do in Nara? I know there are temples and gardens there so I should have more than enough to do."

We just spent 5 days in Nara - many of which involved day trips to sites nearby. Our last trip to Nara was on a day trip from Kyoto.

With 2 days - or is it one day and 2 nights? in your itinerary above, Nara has more to offer than you can possibly do.

http://wikitravel.org/en/Nara

and

http://wikitravel.org/en/Three_days_in_Nara

and

http://wikitravel.org/en/Horyuji

and

wikitravel.org/en/Asuka

We spent a day biking the Asuka plain.

Yoshino? The sakura were blooming - don't know if it's worth it now.

Horyuji, followed by two temples within easy bus trips...

Gardens? yup - even one free for "Foreign" tourists

There's loads to do in the short amount of time you have...

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7. Re: Travelling to Tokyo area June 23 and coming back July 3rd.

In Nara Prefecture, apart from Nara City sites, Horyuji in Ikaruga-cho stands out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywP_7zp5WbY

Yoshino is fine anytime (Hydrangea could be nice around the time of your visit):

www.yoshinoyama-sakura.jp/english/flowers.htm

Cycling through archaeological sites and museums in Asuka village, the heartland of Japan, can be recommended.

asuka-park.go.jp/asuka_en/access/annai.html

There are quite a lot of old temples in quiet surroundings like Hasedera (the other one is also renowned in Kamakura): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZK6_3zTcKuQ

Muroji (known as the Koya for women): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFa1SJIyM2o

You may also visit Iga Ueno, the historic Ninja town, from Nara.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4350.html

Edited: 03 June 2014, 02:46
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8. Re: Travelling to Tokyo area June 23 and coming back July 3rd.

Shinjuku is just one area of Tokyo. You shouldn't restrict yourself to Shinjuku only for a couple of days so it really should be Tokyo for a few days.

With a JR Pass, you might want to do a day trip or two beyond Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Use Japan Guide to see what options are available depending on your interest.

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