almost 5 years ago
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Our group of 6 adults and 2 kids (below 6 years) will spent a total of 7 days/nights between Osaka/Kyoto.
Itinerary as follow :

15th June Arrive Kansai Airport at 21.30 and stay over in Hotel at Kansai International Airport.
16th June Travel to Kyoto by JR Haruka express train. Check-in hotel and tour around Kyoto,

                   Furthest will be 1 hour train away.

17h June Spent the day also touring around again not far from Kyoto, also some shopping.
18th June From 10.00 am go to Asashiyama via Sagano Line (JR Sanin Line) and spent the day until late

                    evenign, then back to Kyoto on the same JR line.

19th June Leave Kyoto around noon to Osaka via JR Haruka express and check into hotel. Spent the rest of

                   the day around Osaka shopping.

20th June Leave for Nara in the morning and spent the day until around 5pm, then return to Osaka for the rest of

                   the evening.

21st June Tour around Osaka region using mainly the train network between places. Will not be longer then 45

                   minutes ride.

22nd June Again morning will tour around Osaka, then around 5pm to Kansai International Airport to leave Japan for


Question :

Is it worth buying the JR pass, and if so which one. Is the Kansai pass good enough for those short trips that we will make.

Is there any suggestion for places within Osaka and Kyoto to tour, especially with 2 kids.


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almost 5 years ago
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Hi there,

Will you be visiting Universal City ? If not, than that is my first recommendation :)

As for the JR Pass, it is great if you plan on traveling longer distances (to Tokyo for instance) but since you will stay relatively local in Kansai, I think you will be better of buying tickets locally or perhaps a local pass. Personally I would buy the Haruka + Icoca package for this itinerary and use to Icoca card to travel to Kyoto and Nara.

Other great places I would recommend for children would include Fushimi Inari in Kyoto, the endless Tori-gates make for great exploring and you can make small but beautiful hikes in the Area. The Osaka Aquarium is also a great recommendations. They really know how to build an aquarium in Japan and the one in Osaka is one of the best!

Hope this helps,

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