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osaka - kyoto - osaka

Osaka - Kyoto - Osaka

Hello,

My wife and the in-laws will arrived in Kansai International on the 04/13. Then they will proceed to Kyoto for 3 nights and return to Osaka for another 3 nights before departing on 04/19.

Which will be the best economical transportation mode between and within Osaka/Kyoto? The JRPass could be out of question as it sounds overkill. Does Osaka/Kyoto has any similar to Suica?

I will be joining them in Kyoto on 04/13 from Narita International arriving from Washington, D.C. Same travel plan except I have to travel back to Narita from Osaka on the 04/19 to catch my evening plane out. JRPass is my choice.

best.

iseya
iseya

Hi there!

I'd definitely recommend a JR Pass for your travel Narita Airport - Osaka and back. However your wife and the in-laws will be better served by just buying tickets locally in Kansai (area where Osaka and Kyoto are located. Travel within the Kansai area is very cheap, for instance a one way ticket Kyoto - Osaka is just 540 yen. You can of course use an IC card such as Suica or ICOCA for this to make your travel easier. To use a JR Pass for just this would indeed be a bit too much here.

Have a great time in Japan!
Daniel

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Daniel, thanks!!

iseya
iseya

daniel,

any estimate on taxi from Kansei airport to Kyoto? seems that my wife/in-laws would missed the last train which is set at 22:16. they arrive at 21:30.

or what would be the best other alternative?

cheers

iseya
iseya

daniel,

we found other alternative on train but if you have other recommendation, please put forward.

thanks.

iseya
iseya

Hi Again,

Glad to see that you already found an alternative. There are indeed several train connection available even after 22:16, the last leaving at 23:14. I would avoid a cab if possible, this because the taxi fare can be more than 25,000yen.

Alternatively you could consider staying at a hotel near the airport for the first night, this may also be a saver option in case of plane delays and the like.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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