Hello, I will be travelling to Japan for the first time and have decided to fly into KIX at the start of my trip. My itinerary is the following:
KIX -> Osaka (stay for 2 days), visiting Himeji Castle on the second day
Osaka -> Kyoto (stay for 5 days in Nishikyo), local attractions like Kinkakuji, kyomizu-dera, Nara, Fushimi Inari
Kyoto -> Tokyo (stay for 5.5 days), local visiting (Shinjuku, Akihabara, Asakusa, Harajuku, Nikko) and one day trip to Ito.
I don't have a tourist visa (or don't think I can get one before my trip in two weeks) and would prefer to take the shinkansen for longer trips. I am wondering if (based on this itinerary) there are any type of rail passes that I would benefit from? Or otherwise, any tips for saving money while travelling (by bus and rail) in this way?