Kuroneko

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  1. Hi, 1. Yes. But don't take the Kodama - it stops at every station, and will take you nearly an extra hour. 2. If too big, you can't bring it at all. More info is here. Making seat reservations with the full JR Pass is free. Another option is sending your bags by a luggage forwarder. 3. Yes, but the subway is not covered by the pass. 4. Generally no, except for the luggage issue you raised as well as during peak travel seasons (end/start of the year, Golden Week, etc).
  2. It really makes no sense to take a train that way - it would take you over 9 hours, completely murdering the day. And right after flying around the world on a long airplane trip? It defies logic. If you are already at Narita, why not fly? If you don't include the flight as part of your international ticket, there are dirt cheap airfares on ANA's Experience Japan Fare, as well as low cost carriers like Jet Star and Peach. Money is one important consideration, but so is time, if you are on a limited trip to Japan.
  3. About 3 hours & 45 minutes. You can see schedules, fares etc on Hyperdia.
  4. This site has more info: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6905.html?aFROM=2158_6900 A lot depends on what exactly you mean by "go to Mt Fuji". Most people visit the Hakone or the Fuji 5 Lakes area. A few climb the mountain. And then there is taking a bus up to the 5th Station, as high as you can go by vehicle, but it is a total waste of time. There is no scenery, since you are standing on the mountain. There is little reason to go there at all, unless you want to start climbing to the top.
  5. Please see here: https://japancheapo.com/travel/hello-kitty-shinkansen/
  6. The Kansai Wide Area Pass would not cover Hiroshima & Miyajima. You should look at the Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass.
  7. The Olympics getting postponed aside, there are 3 bullet train stations for Tokyo - Shinagawa, Tokyo Stn and Ueno. Shinagawa has bullet trains heading south (Tokaido route), Ueno has trains going north and northwest (Nagano, Tohoku etc) and Tokyo Stn has both.
  8. Please see: https://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/travel/index.html
  9. You do not need to buy multiple IC cards. There are around a dozen of them, and they all are nearly completely interchangeable. Major cities like you mention are no problem, but you cannot use the IC cards "everywhere", "all across Japan" etc, as so many misinformed people online keep saying. The chart below can help you.
  10. Yes, of course - just look on Google Maps.
  11. In your case, while you could barely break even on a 7-day pass, as you mentioned, the validity is 7 consecutive days. If you don't like that, it would be better to skip the JR Pass - for Nikko you can use a Nikko Pass, and just get regular tickets the rest of the way. For an open-jaw itinerary like yours, it is often a waste of money to get a JR Pass, and online there is no shortage of fools who keep saying everyone should get one no matter where they are going. You can save a lot of money on a pass if you do a lot of long distance travel, especially by bullet train, but you should always first check to see if you are at least breaking even first. There are often cheaper alternatives like some regional passes or other options.