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8 days to osaka, kyoto, kobe & nara

8 days to Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe & Nara

Hi, I will go to Japan in May 2015 & wish to stay in Kyoto ( day1 - day3) & Osaka (day4 -day7). My itinerary is as follows:-

Day 1 (Tue) : Gion area
(reach at Kansai airport around 3.15pm) Kyoto -Gion area

Day2 (Wed) : Kyoto - fushimi inari , Koka -Miho museum , Nara - Todaiji, Nara Park / Higashihongan-ji Temple , Higashimuki Shopping Street

Day3 (Thur) : Kyoto - Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Nishihongan ji, Kinkakuji, Nishiki market, Nishiki Temangu

Day4 (Fri) : Osaka - Universal studio

Day5 (Sat) : Kobe - Hakutsuru sake museum, Kikumasamune sake museum, Kobe harborland

Day6 (Sun) : Osaka - Instant ramen museum, Osaka Floating Garden, Hepfive Ferris Wheel / Umeda sky building

Day7 (Mon) : Osaka - Osaka Aquarium Japan , Shinseikai, Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori

Day8 (Tue) : (leaving japan @ 4.10pm)

Q1: Is JR pass worth for the 8 days coverage? If yes, please advise me the package & the rate.
Q2: As this is my 1st time to Japan in a group of 3, kindly feel free to comment on my itinerary. Thank you.
Q3: On the day4 , I have planned to go to Universal Studio (to avoid weekend crowd) from Kyoto to Osaka in the early morning, therefore, I will have a late check in @ hotel in Osaka. Can I keep my luggage in the locker @ Osaka station to save the time traveling back to Kyoto to collect my luggage. Need advance booking? What is the rate?

Thank you



Hi Susan,

1.) Travel within the Kansai Area (where Kyoto/Osaka/Kobe/Nara) are located is not expanvice and generally the best way to travel is to just buy tickets as you travel. I would also advise doing so in your case.

2.) I think that you've made a very good selection of places to visit. Many are highlights I would suggest as well.

3.) Certainly, lockers are available in every side from small to full suitcase. Prices range between 300-900yen for 24h. No advance booking is required.

Hope this helps,


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