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tokyo / osaka / kyoto / tokyo in 11 days

Tokyo / Osaka / Kyoto / Tokyo in 11 Days

Hi, advice needed re: itinerary and suitability of getting 7day JR pass and IC cards.

My itinerary is as follows:

Day 1: Tokyo Narita airport -> N'Ex to Tokyo station -> Shin-Osaka via shinkansen using JR pass

Day 1 to 3: Explore Osaka castle, dotonbori, shinsekai, shinsaibashi, umeda, Universal Stuios (should I buy the Kansai One Pass? Or use the JR pass on JR lines and buy single trip tickets?)

Day 4: Day trip to Himeji (is JR pass sufficient or do I need to purchase other train tickets?)

Day 5: Osaka to Kyoto via Shinkansen. Explore Kyoto Kiyomizudera and Gion (is Kansai One Pass still useful here?)

Day 6: Day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima (is JR pass sufficient or do I need to purchase other train tickets?)

Day 7: Kyoto to Tokyo via shinkansen

Day 7-10: Explore Tokyo (should I buy the Suica card?)

Day 11: Shibuya station to Narita airport (I will have to buy one way ticket on the N'Ex right?)

Thank you for your kind assistance!

Janyse
Janyse

Hi there,

I've added comments below.

Day 1 to 3: Explore Osaka castle, dotonbori, shinsekai, shinsaibashi, umeda, Universal Stuios (should I buy the Kansai One Pass? Or use the JR pass on JR lines and buy single trip tickets?) The JR Pass will get your to all these places with a little bit of planning and walking. For instance you can reach dotonbori, shinsekai, shinsaibashi all from JR-Namba station and Umeda is simply Osaka station.

Day 4: Day trip to Himeji (is JR pass sufficient or do I need to purchase other train tickets?) All you need here is the JR Pass and 10min of walking from the station.

Day 6: Day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima (is JR pass sufficient or do I need to purchase other train tickets?) The JR Pass covers all of this.

Day 7-10: Explore Tokyo (should I buy the Suica card?) It is not required but recommend, for more information see: http://www.jrpass.com/blogs/benefits-of-prepaid-travelcards

Day 11: Shibuya station to Narita airport (I will have to buy one way ticket on the N'Ex right?) Yes, there are also cheaper options available such as using local trains (~1,400yen/one way) or the 1000yen Narita Airport bus.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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