I am flying to and from Tokyo (Narita) on 19th (arriving 11.00) and 28th (departing 13.30) August respectively , to attend a conference in Kobe 20-26 Ausust.
I will be accompanied by my 7 year old daughter and my 70 year old mother (also some luggage). My plan is to take the bullet train to Kobe on the 19th and then return to Tokyo on the 27th either
by train or by a domestic flight.
I would appreciate any advice on:
i) If I buy a return rail ticket (JR pass is either 7/14 days so no good for me), what is the discount, 10% or 20%, and where to buy it, also form Airport to Tokyo station to get the NEX or the Limosine bus?
ii) Where to stay in Tokyo for one night (would quite like to experience a Ryokan)?
iii) What are the must see places in Tokyo that can be done in half a day and an evening? I thought of the the aquarium or the dolls museum?
Bearing in mind, while in Kobe, my mother and daughter would have visited some temples, shrines, castles and museums etc as part of the accompanying persons programme organised by the conference.
This will be my second visit to Japan - I have been in Japan in 1989 (Tokyo and Nagoya).