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using jr pass

hi. this is the first time to travel japan with my family for a week.
Osaka 2 nights
Osaka~kyoto 2 nights
kyoto~Tokyo 3 nights
Tokyo depart
is it worth to buy a jr pass for one week?
how long to take from kyoto to Tokyo? any fast train for it? many thanks.
andrea

andrea
andrea

For your itinerary it would not be cost effective to get the rail pass, unless you substantially added to your travel plans, such as spending a night in Hiroshima or Takayama. You can take the bullet train (shinkansen) to travel, just not the fastest version of it (Nozomi). The time from Kyoto to Tokyo is a little over 2½ hours.
Since you are already seeing Tokyo, you can largely skip Osaka during the day. After the temples of Kyoto close down around 5PM, you can zip over to Osaka for the evening. At night the city comes alive and has some great places to see, such as Dotonbori, plus the night views from the Umeda Sky Bldg, and Abeno Harukas Bldg are wonderful. Instead consider visiting Nara for a day.

Toraneko
Toraneko

Dear Toraneko,
Thanks a lot.
we can take the bullet train shinkansen to travel from kyoto to Tokyo ~2.5 hrs. It is free with using the jr pass. Do we need to book seats for us in advanced. and how much and how for the seat booking?
Andrea

andrea
andrea

hi, can we get a time table for the jr pass for plan our trip.

many thanks*O*

andrea
andrea

Hi,

You do not need to book seats in advance. But if you want to, you can do it for free at a JR station office if you have the Pass. For the timetable, you can check them on Hyperdia.

Toraneko
Toraneko

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