Appreciate your help on this, It's my first time travelling to Japan . I will be In Japan From Sept 9- Sept 18,
Initially I want to go to Tokyo -Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo . As I will be arriving around 5 pm, so I decided to stay 1 night in Tokyo , then the following day go to OSAka, however I feel there is so little Time. and seeing the Train maps , I'm getting Dizzy hahaha. is it feasible to go and explore these 3 places with so limited time? Or will it be better to go kyoto and Tokyo ? Please also help me which trains to take If heading from Tokyo (planning to stay around Shinjuku) to Kyoto? i plan to buy 7 day rail pass, will it cover all fare going there? Hope you can suggest good itinerary for a 8-9 days visit :)
Thanks for the help.
about 1 year ago
Doing Tokyo - Osaka - Kyoto - Tokyo and maybe even a day trip somewhere works perfectly fine for a 9 day period. The JR Pass also is a great help as it covers travel between all of the above places and you just need one tickets for all your travels.
We also have a 7 day example itinerary that you may like and looks very much like the plans you have, with a visit to Nara added in.
As for trains you can use the Bullet trains directly from Tokyo station to Kyoto and Shin-Osaka stations. There are local services connecting Shinjuku directly to Tokyo station.
In terms of days, you could do something like.
Arrival 1st day and night in Tokyo.
Day 2 Osaka
Day 3 Osaka
Day 4 Kyoto
Day 5 Kyoto
Day 6 Kyoto/Nara
Day 7 Tokyo
Day 8 Tokyo
Day 9 Back home!