Hi, I’m traveling From the US to Japan with my wife for 10 days in June. I think I want to spend 2-3 days in Tokyo, and then head to Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima. I lived in Hiroshima about 25 years ago, so I want to spend a few days there with heiwa koen, Miyajima, bunny island, etc.
From what I’ve read, I will likely pay basic bus/train fares the first couple of days, and then activate the 7-day JR Pass for heading to Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
So I have a couple of questions, I’ve never been to Tokyo, so I’m thinking of staying in the Shinjuku area, where there are lots of places to see that are close by. Would this be recommended by those that know Tokyo? I did find in another post the beginners guide to Tokyo, so I will be reading that over the next day or so.
Second, I’m going to buy a JR Pass, but the site says I need to have a tourist visa. Do I need to have a visa to buy the JR Pass? I was planning on coming “visa free” with a passport and a return flight documented.