Kansai to Tokyo to Osaka in 10 days
This the first time me and my family is going to Japan. Please help us with the itinerary. We will be there for 10 days (April 30 to May 9) We will arrive 19:55 on April 30 at Osaka, Kansai. We are planning to buy a 7-Day JR pass; our plan is upon arrival on Kansai Airport, we would like to go straight to Tokyo. Are the train stations still open at this time, will we make it to the train and can we still claim our JR Pass at this time? We will stay in Tokyo for 4 days to visit Disneyland, Disneysea and Sanrio Puro Land, a famous Temple in Tokyo and a famous shopping area as well. What trains do we have to ride to get to these locations and can you suggest a famous temple as well as a shopping district in Tokyo? As for hotel is concerned, do you think that the Fifty's Family Resort in the middle of the places we are going to?
On April 5, from Tokyo, we will go back to Osaka. In Osaka, we will visit Universal Studios. We will staying at Osaka for 5 days, can you suggest a famous temple we can visit, good affordable food districts, good shopping districts as well as good places to visit in Osaka? What trains do we have to ride to get to these locations? As for hotel is concerned, do you think that the Fifty's Family Resort in the middle of the places we are going to?
If the hotels aren't in the middle of the places we are going to, can you suggest an affordable hotel that we can check in to?
Can I also ask if buses are included in the JR Pass?
Looks like you are planning a very nice family trip!
The ticket office at Kansai Airport is open until 23.00 so you should have no problem to exchange your passes on the day of arrival. You could book a hotel around the airport or in Osaka itself. I have found that Best Western Hotel is affordable and very well suited for transit trips stays. http://bit.ly/12bD5Tt
Here is an example of what your journey from Kansai Airport to Fifty's Family Resort in Tokyo would look like. http://bit.ly/W9EYMa
I think that Fifty's Family Resort is very well suited for your stay in Tokyo because it is very close to Disney Land, while its not in the city centre you can use your JRPass to get there in 15-20minutes. While in Tokyo I would recommend that you visit the Sensō-ji Temple and Kaminarimon in Asakusa. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sens%C5%8D-ji
If you would like to see and shop Japanese fashion, then I would recommend that you pay Harajuku a visit, you can combine this with more luxurious shopping at Omotesando http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omotesando and a visit to the Meiji Jingū shrine http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meiji_Shrine, both are closely located to each other.
When you get back to Osaka and still want to see more temples, than I would recommend a day trip visit with your JRPass to Kyoto, which is only about a 30 minute ride. Here you could visit some of the famous temples such as the Golden Pavilion http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinkaku-ji and Kiyomizu-dera http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiyomizu-dera. Also if you have time, then Osaka Castle is surely worth a visit. http://www.osakacastle.net/english/
Again I think Fifty's Family Resort Osaka will be suitable for your stay, on its website it states that it is only a 10minute bus ride to Osaka station and from there you could use your JRPass to visit places such as Kyoto and Universal Studio's.
For shopping start either at Namba or Umeda and walk your way to Shinsaibashi, which is the centre for shopping in Osaka http://bit.ly/UoMJM8 . On your last day consider Rinku Town, this is one of the biggest shopping malls I have ever seen and is closely located to Kansai Airport.
Buses that are operated by JR are mostly covered by the Pass but many buses are operated by other companies. We have a nice article about your JRPass and buses: http://www.jrpass.com/blogs/how-to-use-the-city-bus
Hope this helps!
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