We (two non-Japanese speaking adults, perhaps with JR Passes) will be in Hiroshima on the morning of January 5. I fly out of Narita T1 at 14:00, she flies out of Narita T1 at 18:00. What is the best way to get there in time, given the fact that we will have bags and it's the end of a big holiday travel period there?
Options considered so far thanks to Hyperdia
- a morning flight on ANA or JAL to Haneda, then travelling from Haneda to Narita via public transport (about $110 USD for flights booked a few days in advance, from looking at fares next week - Haneda to Narita covered on the rail pass but too many changes with bags?)
- taking a Nozomi/Mizuho/Hayabusa Shinkansen to Tokyo/Shinagawa, then the Narita Express (paying cash for the tickets as they aren't covered by the pass - about $220 USD)
- taking the train to Osaka/KIX or Fukuoka (covered by the pass on a slower Shinkansen), and then flying to Narita (presumably close to the cost of flying from Hiroshima?)
Is there some other option I'm not seeing? Can we book those Experience Japan/Welcome to Japan tickets offered by ANA/JAL this far in advance?
We will have bags, the trains will be heaving, and it will probably be cold or cold-ish. I can't do online check-in for my flight and I'll need to check a bag, so I'm hesitant to arrive at NRT after 12:30. I am leaning toward flying ANA for the sake of earning miles and possibly being able to through-check our luggage as we'll both be flying on Star Alliance carriers.
Thanks for any advice you can offer!