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itinerary suggestions

Itinerary suggestions


Im planning to buy the 7day jrpass for the period november 18-24. Our entry/exit point is from tokyo. But we plan to visit osaka, kyoto and nara. What is the best itinerary for this to maximize the use of the jr pass and to book for our accommodations. Is it better to go to osaka first and the last leg of the tour will be tokyo? Can you make a suggestion regarding this? Thanks. Im from the Philippines.


Hi there,

In general I do recommend reading at least some general guide on all the cities you plan to visit. This way you can pick the things that interest you the most.

You can find an example itinerary for your plan here:

Kind regards,

Expert button 2

There really is no right or wrong answer here - you should do what you have the stamina for, and go to places that you are interested in. Going straight from Narita to Osaka would be piling on 4 hours of train travel on top of just getting off of a long airplane trip - so that is not my idea of a relaxing trip. But maybe you prefer things that way.

Honestly though, because you are already seeing Tokyo, you can mostly 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.
On another evening, you could also go and see Kobe.

Instead, you might want to go visit Himeji, with Japan's best castle. The Kokoen Garden next door is also beautiful.

I suggest you look at the official city guides on the places you mention:

Good luck.


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