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#1

Did a bit of reading so I have some idea on suggested tickets to get, but I can’t help but want to confirm this with an actual post.

I’ve got 2 trips in Japan next year, from Feb 23-March 2 and March 16-April 2.

The 1st trip will just be in the Osaka-Kyoto area (with a side trip to Nara). Intercity travel will happen starting Feb 25-28 timeframe.

The 2nd trip will be Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo, with around 5 days each city (longer stay in Tokyo).

Would I be right in the following decisions:

1st Trip - Get a JR West Pass/Kansai Area Pass.
2nd trip - not going for JR Passes, just going to get 1-way tickets for the Osaka-Kyoto and Kyoto-Tokyo legs.

Edit: Sorry, posted in the wrong sub-category, was meant to be posted in the Japan Travel section.


#2

Hi John,

That sounds about right to me. One of the Kansai regional passes would probably be your best bet for the first trip, and for the second, a one-way bullet train ticket from Kyoto (or Osaka) to Tokyo would likely work out most reasonable/convenient. See our article for some other tips - you could save a bit of money by taking a bus, if you have time and don’t mind sitting for so long: