Hi Daniel San,
Some questions.clarifications about itinerary:
Day 1 Arrive at Osaka at 2200 (hotel at Plaza Osaka-closest to Juso station) How to get there?
Day 2 Osaka full day
For Day 2,3,4 or Day 1,2,3 (would it be beneficial to buy the Kansai Thru pass? or the Amazing Osaka Pass? or SINGLE tickets?)
Day 5 Osaka to Kyoto
Should I get a JR 7 day pass to use from Day 4 to Day 11 ? ( I don't have to go to Nikko)
1) I am trying to justify if a 7 day pass is worth it
Let's have a look at your itinerary step by step.
Here is the route from Kansai Airport to Juso station. It's a pretty difficult one unfortunately.
Within Osaka an Osaka Amazing pass can be very nice, if you also plan to visit places it covers with it.
1.) If you look at ticket prices vs the 7 day JR Pass, then right now it is more economic to buy normal tickets.
2.) Travel in Kansai is low cost and generally it's just better to buy normal tickets over a local pass which restricts the companies you can travel on and in some cases requires a significant amount of travel before they pay off.
Hope this helps,
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