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hotel near nankai namba station

Hotel Near Nankai Namba Station

Hi,
I'm looking at booking a hotel near Nankai Namba Station (about 5 mins walk). Is the place convenient with my 7 day Japan rail pass and for my itinerary that includes Kyoto and Hiroshima day tours? I will be purchasing the 7 day rail pass.

Thanks,
Cherry

cgdtan
cgdtan

As far as seeing Osaka goes, it is a good area. But in terms of using your pass to go see Kyoto and Hiroshima, it'd be far better to get someplace near Osaka or Shin-Osaka Station.

Toraneko
Toraneko

One of the best places in Osaka is in fact close to where you'd be staying. Dotonbori, is a fantastic place to spend the evening, plus the night views from the Umeda Sky Bldg, and Abeno Harukas Bldg are wonderful.
In Kyoto you could spend weeks there and not see everything. The three best sights though are the Kinkakuji Temple, Kiyomizudera Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine. Fushimi is the most time consuming; you could spend a couple of hours to over half a day if you want to romp over all the trails. And the Otagi Nenbutsuji is one of the most humorous and whimsical places you could visit in Japan - well worth visiting.
Nara is often neglected by some tourists, which is a shame. Missing the Todaiji Great Buddha in Nara is like going to India and skipping the Taj Mahal. Nara Park has a lot of great places, such as Kasuga Shrine, Kofukuji Temple, and feeding the many deer in the area.
A few other great places missed out even by those who go to Nara though are the Isuien and Yoshikien Gardens. They are gorgeous and not crowded at all.
In addition, there are other numerous great places you can visit in the area. Okayama is not far and it is famous for its castle, plus Korakuen, one of Japan's Top 3, and also the Handayama Garden. If you'd like to get off the beaten trail for a while, the half day hike up to Konpirasan in Kotohira is stunning. Going to Takamatsu is also nice - it has one of Japan's finest gardens also, called Ritsurin.
Hiroshima also has a number of good places. Miyajima is the most famous, and aside from Hiroshima itself, Onomichi with its temple tour and Kosanji Temple is spectacular. Just beyond Miyajima also lies Iwakuni with its historical bridge and castle on top of the mountain. Hagi Castle was actually delightful, and the preserved samurai district and Mori related temples a rarity. One of the very best is the Akiyoshi Limestone Cave, a 300 million year old wonder with huge caverns and underground river running through it.

There is certainly a lot you can explore with your 7 day rail pass.

Toraneko
Toraneko

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