I have been advised that we should get a train pass for 7 days by this site but I have run the numbers thru the hyperdia web site and I am still not sure. The prices difference is fairly negligible (I think) and we are not going to be doing any unscheduled traveling. The fact that the non-jr pass train (the "romance car")to Hakone is more convenient and that I'd like to take Nozomi on one or two legs of the trip is also making it difficult for me to pull the trigger to get the pass. However - all the literature and discussion on these pages push the pass so I am wondering if I am going to make a grave mistake....Some questions for the train savvy-
Are the Nozomi trains more pleasant to ride - in addition to being slightly faster?
Are there any differences between the green and ordinary beside space (ie. beverage food service etc.)?
Is it easier to board/book with the pass? I know that it is free to reserve w/the pass and have figured that into my calculations.
How much do the individual various modes of transport cost in Hakone? We would only need a one-way "romance car" ticket but it looks like it might be worth paying roundtrip anyway to get the package. Not sure if the Y3900 pass for travel inside of Hakone is worth it but hard to tell w/out knowing the cost of the train/tram/cable car.
Our itinerary is Tokyo -Hakone (Odawara or Hakone-Yumoto)/Odawara-Kyoto/Kyoto-Himeji(roundtrip)/Kyoto-Nara(roundtrip) and then Kyoto-Narita Airport.
THIS IS THE KIND OF THING THAT MAKES ME WANT TO FALL OFF THE WAGON AND GET A TRAVEL AGENT PLEASE ADVISE!!