We'll be visiting Japan again next year and would like to know what passes are applicable for our trip. I have indicated the destinations we plan to visit but they are still not final.
Our draft itinerary are as follows:
Day 0 - arrival in KIX (evening flight)
Day 1 - Travel from KIX to Tennoji (hotel checkin-2 nights)
- Travel to Nara (Kofukuuji, Todaiji, Nara Park) - Travel back to Tennoji
Day 2 - Explore Osaka
Day 3 - Travel to Kyoto (hotel checkin-2 nights)
- Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari (we have visited most of the temples during our first visit)
Day 4 - Explore Arashiyama
Day 5 - Explore Kyoto (other temples/shrines/tourist spots nearby)
- Travel to KIX
We plan to get the Kansai Wide Area Pass (since we will be using it for 5 days) but I'm not sure if it will pay off since we won't be riding any shinkansen.
The Kansai Area Pass on the other hand can be used for only 4 days, meaning we'll have 1 day left without it.
We're also thinking of using Icoca and Haruka but I doubt the 1500yen initial fund would not be enough to cover our destinations.
Any suggestions please.
Thanks a lot!