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9 days in osaka - nara - kobe - kyoto

9 Days in Osaka - Nara - Kobe - Kyoto

Help! I am confused with all the diffferent passes that are available and what can be use for the different lines.

Our itinerary is as follows, would really appreciate some advice on the itinerary. We are based out of Osaka at Le Botejour Hotel in Namba

1) 2 April - Arrival in Kansai at 9:30pm - would it make more sense to purchase a return ticker for the Nankai Airport Express? We are staying at the Le Botejour in Namba.

2) 3 April - Whole day in Osaka. Planning to visitt Osaka Museum of History, Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple, Tsutenkaku Tower.

3) 4 April - Plan to travel to Nara and Mount Yoshino. Will return to Osaka in the afternoon for some shopping in Namba and Nihonbashi area.

4) 5 April - Plan to go to Kobe (Sannomiya) and from there to Arima Onsen. From Arima Onsen, taking the Arima Ropeway, Rokko Cable and then the Maya Viewline. Is there a pass that we can purchase for this?

5) 6 April - Namba to Kyoto. Planning to visit the Kyomizudera Temple, Higashiyama District, Kenninji-Yasaka Pagoda, Gion, Nishiki Market and then Pontocho for dinner.

6) 7 April - Another day at Kyoto. Planning to take the Sagano Scenic Railway, Hozugawa River Cruise then to Arashiyama, Tenryuji, Togetsukyo Bridge and Monkey Park.

7) 8 April - Spending the day in Osaka. Will visit the Giant Ferris Wheel, Tombori River Cruise, Floating Garden.

8) 9 April - Visiting Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Shinsaibashi and Panasonic Center

9) 10 April - Umeda and Namba for shopping

Does it make sense to purchase the Kansai Thru Pass for our travel to Kobe, Kyoto and Nara? Will we be able to use the pass for travel at Arima Onsen, Mount Rokko and Mt Maya?

Should we get the city pass for our days at Osaka? Or would it make more sense to just purchase a JR Pass?

Thanks for all your help! Can't wait for our trip to Osaka.

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Hi there!

That's a very nice and detailed itinerary. I see you plan to explore Kansai and surrounding area. The good news is that travel cost around Kansai is low, the downside is that there are a lot of transport companies in Kansai and it can take some time to understand the whole system.

Looking at passes I honestly think that it would be to just buy normal tickets as you travel, most passes in Kansai are have restrictions, either be it an area or company that they can be used on. This way you avoid having to worry about it. To make travel easy I'd recommend buying an ICOCA card which you can use to pay for your travel.

For your arrival using the Nankai Express makes sense since it brings you directly to Namba.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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Hi Daniel-San,

Thank you do much for taking the time to read and reply.

Cheers.

Kris.

ribbit
ribbit

Hi Daniel-San,

Thank you do much for taking the time to read and reply.

Cheers.

Kris.

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