Hi everyone! We had an amazing through Japan in September, and I know how helpful it was to read other people's experiences, so it's only right to "give back" so to speak It will probably take me a while to post everything, but I'll get to the Disney stuff ASAP, as that's the most important, right We also don't have all of our pictures posted yet, so I'll include links as my DH processes and posts them. Who are we, and where did we go? My father used to work in Japan, but hasn't had a chance to go back to visit in quite some time, so he was our tour guide. My DH and I, my sister, brother and cousin made up the party. Our basic itinerary: Sept 11/12: Depart Seattle, arrive at Narita Sept 12-16: Tokyo, at The Prince Park Tower Tokyo . We spent Sept 15th at the Tokyo Disney Resort Sept 16-18: Osaka, at Hotel New Otani Osaka . Spent the 17th in Kyoto Sept 18th: Stayed with friends in Yufuin Sept 19th: Yufuin, at http://www.hanayoshi.co.jp/ Sept 20th: Fly from ***uoka to Narita and then on to Seattle I'll give links to the posts as I write them Day One/Two Day Three Day Four Pictures up through Day Four General Transportation Info We bought the JR "Green Car" pass through a travel agency stateside. It is much cheaper to buy them in advance, especially if you were going to do a lot of traveling, as we were. If you are just planning to stay in Tokyo, I'm pretty sure it's not worth it. But add in a trip to and from Kyoto, and it may save you money to get the pass. Also, we went with the whole JR line as opposed to JR East (which I think is the most popular) since we were headed down to the southern island of Kyushu. I'll talk more about the shinkansen (bullet trains) when we get to it in the report, but let me just say it is a FABULOUS way to travel. Arnold Schwarzenegger was in town at the same time we were talking to Japan about buying some for the high speed lines that are a pipe dream in California. All we could say was, YES PLEASE! We also bought some daily subway passes while in Tokyo since the JR lines don't always go exactly where you need to get to! We had some trouble figuring out how to buy them through the machines, but eventually made it work. As a whole, the subways, trains and ferries we traveled on were very easy to navigate and ride. There were a lot of helpful English signs. I had been a little nervous about this part, but really, it was a breeze.