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osaka > kyoto <> nara (day trip) > tokyo > osaka

Osaka > Kyoto <> Nara (Day trip) > Tokyo > Osaka

Hi everyone,

I will be traveling to Japan for the first time in May for three weeks, and wanted to check if it would be necessary to purchase the 21 Day Pass.

7th May - Arrive from Kansai Airport, destination Shin-Osaka
9th May - Depart from Osaka, destination Kyoto
12th May - Depart from Kyoto (day trip), destination Nara
16th May - Depart from Kyoto, destination Tokyo
26th May - Depart from Tokyo, destination Osaka
27th May - Depart from Shin-Osaka, destination Kansai Airport

Thanks so much in advance,


Hello Justine,

I checked your itinerary for the best option but would advise buying normal tickets.

The JR Pass works great if you travel cross country. In the above itinerary longer travel is limited to travel between the Kansai region (Osaka/Kyoto/Nara) and Tokyo. So for now normal tickets are best. However the JR Pass could quickly become worth it if you would, for instance, add in a visit to Hiroshima or Nikko.

Hope this helps,

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Thank you, Daniel-san!

I am hoping to stay within budget transportation, but also mostly hoping to save traveling time in and between cities. Would normal tickets prove to be much slower?



Hello again!

Local trainsport within Osaka and Kansai is pretty good. However nationwide travel is something I would not recommend doing using local trains. For instance a one way trip Tokyo - Kyoto with local trains takes over 8 hours! However normal tickets on the Shinkansen are not slower than the JR Pass.

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