My husband & I & our teen daughter arrive March 18 to tokyo NRT.
No doubt we will be to exhausted to travel to Kyoto that night, so someone suggested we stay in Shinagawa and then catch the train to Kyoto on next morning.
Here is my rough itinerary and questions.
1) march 18 arrive Narita 5:30 PM , NEX to Shinagawa, Or is there a better way to get there. Don't want to activate our JR Pass yet. Spend night shinagawa as it would save time next morning or Tokyo
2) March 19-24 go to station in morning take train to Kyoto
We have an apartment for 6 nights and will use Kyoto as our base to go to Nara , Osaka, and not sure where else, open to ideas
3}March 25 in the morning leave Kyoto for Tokyo check in hotel,
4) March 26 , Ghibli museum morning ,
5) March 27 or 28th depart for home from Narita.
I know this is not complete. We just started planning this two days ago, but have the flight and the apt. in Kyoto and know there is much to do and so little time, it will be filled.
? , Where might we go for day trips from Kyoto besides Nara, is Kurashiki doable or okayama?
? When would be the best time to activate our JR Passes
I realize they are only good for 7 days and we are staying longer.
Thank you again for your help.