Visit Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe for 5 to 7 days sample itinerary

Yasaka shrine in Kyoto Higashiyama area. ©JNTO
Yasaka shrine in Kyoto Higashiyama area. ©JNTO

I have received inquiries about the trip to Kansai area many times. So I make a basic itinerary that includes Kansai area, such as Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Nara only. This is 7 days itinerary. But you can shorten or extend as you can.

Now I would like to tell you the best route and most economical deals about this trip.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

Day 1 – Kansai airport (KIX) to Kyoto

Central exit of Kyoto station. (C) JP Rail
Central exit of Kyoto station. (C) JP Rail

ICOCA and Haruka round trip ticket at 4060 yen.
Stay at hotel around JR Kyoto station

If you arrive in Kyoto early, you can visit Fushimi Inari or Uji. Especially Fushimi Inari is only 5 minutes away from Kyoto station. That is very accessible and very popular spot. You can use ICOCA to get there

Kyoto – Inari 140 yen / 5 mins by local
Inari – Uji 240 yen / 25 mins by local
Kyoto – Uji 240 yen / 20 mins by Rapid, 30 mins by local

In this itinerary, I include the trip to Fushimi Inari shrine.

Round trip to Inari 280 yen.
ICOCA remaining 1220 yen.

You may use one way ICOCA and Haruka if you stay near subway or non JR stations in Osaka.

Day 2 – Sightseeing in Kyoto

Togetsukyo bridge in Arashiyama, Kyoto. ©Yasufumi Nishi/©JNTO
Togetsukyo bridge in Arashiyama, Kyoto. ©Yasufumi Nishi/©JNTO

Visit Nijo castle, Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavilion) and Arashiyama
Use Kyoto City Sightseeing Card 2 days pass at 2000 yen.

Day 3 – Sightseeing in Kyoto

Kiyomizu-dera temple is one of Must See spot in Kyoto. ©Sue Ann Simon/©JNTO
Kiyomizu-dera temple is one of Must See spot in Kyoto. ©Sue Ann Simon/©JNTO

Visit temples and shrines in Gion and Higashiyama area, such as Yasaka shrine, Kiyomizu-dera temple, Gion-Shijo area, Ginkaku-ji temple,
You can use Kyoto City Sightseeing Card 2 days again.

*You may be able to use All Day Bus Pass at 500 yen per day. You can save 1000 yen for day 2 and 3. But subway is much faster to visit attractions than bus. Especially in peak season, traffic is very heavy in Kyoto. Subway is more accurate and smooth. Please see the post, Guide to take trains in Kyoto. How to choose the best route by train to get the major spots? to get the details about rail system in Kyoto.

Day 4 – Trip to Nara and transfer to Namba, Osaka

Todai-ji temple in Nara  	©Nara Prefecture/©JNTO
Todai-ji temple in Nara ©Nara Prefecture/©JNTO

Visit Nara on the way to Namba, Osaka from Kyoto.

Kyoto to Nara 710 yen
Nara to JR-Namba 560 yen
Total 1230 yen

You have to pay 10 yen to exit station because you have only 1220 yen in your ICOCA. There is a fare adjustment vending machine near ticket gate. You can slot your ICOCA and add 10 yen, you will receive a ticket to exit station. You will receive empty ICOCA. If you return this empty ICOCA, you will receive 500 yen deposit.

If you intend to come back to Japan or keep it as souvenir, you can keep it if you are okay with giving up 500 yen deposit.

Day 5 – Trip to Kobe and Himeji from Osaka

There are lots of castles in Japan. But Himeji castle is one of four existing original catle buildings. (C) JNTO
There are lots of castles in Japan. But Himeji castle is one of four existing original catle buildings. (C) JNTO

Day trip to Kobe and World Heritage Himeji castle.
Use JR Kansai Area Pass one day at 2060 yen.

You can purchase this pass at JR-Namba station. There is other trains to Kobe and Himeji, like Hanshin railway. But JR is the fastest to get Himeji. Please see the post, How to access to Himeji and Kobe from Osaka to get the details.

If you intend to visit Kobe only, single fare by Hanshi Railway to Sannomiya is 410 yen for one way. This is the cheapest option.

Day 6 – Sightseeing in Osaka

Dotonbori is very popular place to eat and shop near Namba. ©Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau/©JNTO
Dotonbori is very popular place to eat and shop near Namba. ©Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau/©JNTO

Visit attractions in Osaka.
You have two choices, Enjoy Eco Card (subway pass) at 800 yen or Osaka Amazing Pass at 2300 yen.

If you intend to visit many attractions in one day, Osaka Amazing Pass gives you a great value.

If you visit Universal Studio Japan, you will spend all day there and single fare, 180 yen one way for JR-Namba to Universal city, is the cheapest.

But if you intend to visit Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium, Osaka Kaiyu Ticket is recommended.

Trip to Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium by Osaka Kaiyu Ticket

Day 7 – Namba, Osaka to Kansai airport (KIX)

You have Haruka ticket that is included in ICOCA and Haruka deal. You cannot take Limited Express Haruka at JR-Namba. But you can use Haruka ticket to get local train to Tennoji from JR-Namba. And then you can transfer to Limited Express Haruka at Tennoji.

If you purchase one way ICOCA and Haruka to Kyoto, you can use Nankai railway deal, Rapi:t Tokuwari Ticket.
Nankai railway Rapi:t Tokuwari

You also can take direct ordinary Nankai railway train. Single fare is only 920 yen.

If you have lots of time before departure, you may think about Enjoy ECO Card or Osaka Amazing Pass before you leave.

This sample itinerary is 7 days. But you can shorten to 5 days. If your flight depart late, you can visit the attractions in Osaka on departure day. You also can skip one of 2 days in Kyoto. Of course I recommend you to stay in Kyoto longer. But it is not impossible.

Total fares

ICOCA and Haruka round trip ticket 4060 yen
Kyoto City Sightseeing Card 2 days 2000 yen
Additional charge 10 yen
Refund for returning ICOCA -500 yen
Kansai Area Pass one day 2060 yen
Enjoy Eco Card 800 yen (or Amazing Pass 2300 yen)

Total fares 8430 yen

The fares and schedule are based on August, 2014. But you can use this amount for your estimation of your trip.

490 thoughts on “Visit Kyoto, Osaka, Nara and Kobe for 5 to 7 days sample itinerary”

  1. Hi Takeshi san,

    I plan to follow exactly the itinerary you posted here. But I plan to add one more day in Kyoto (so the first 4 nights in Kyoto, and 3 other nights in Namba). But other than that I plan to keep my itinerary the same like what you suggested. My question is: does that slight change affect which pass I should/should not get based on what you laid out on your article? Should I get ICOCA and Haruka round trip ticket or just one way? Is ICOCA and Haruka pass also has 7 days validity just like Japan Rail Pass?

    1. Hi Maria san,

      You can choose same passes in the sample itinerary. You can add a deal in Kyoto for one more day, such as Kyoto city sightseeing card or all day bus pass.

      You may use ICOCA and Haruka only one way to Kyoto. Because there are lots of other deals available for Osaka to KIX. Even if you want to use Haruka, you can use only one way ICOCA and Haruka to Kyoto. And you can add Haruka discount ticket for Osaka to KIX. This combination is cheaper than round trip ICOCA and Haruka.

      And I want to give you one more tip. You can add Kansai one pass instead of ICOCA. This is same type of card as ICOCA. But it has 2500 yen fund in the card. And it gives you a discount at many attractions in Kansai area.

      This is more recommended than ICOCA.


      Takeshi /

  2. Dear Takeshi San,

    I am planning an 8 days trip in Kansai area in next week. Below is my planned itinerary

    Day 1 – Kansai International Airport to Osaka Namba using the Himeji Tourist Pass, which includes a one way ticket from airport to Osaka Namba

    Day 2 – Osaka Namba to Kobe Sannomiya via Hanshin Electric Railway by purchasing single ticket.
    And, we need to change to train at Amagasaki, right ?
    Sightseeing at Kobe

    Day 3 – A day trip between Kobe and Himeji using the Himeji Tourist Pass by taking the Sanyo Electric Railway.
    If we have time, we plan to visit the Mitsui Outlet at Tarumi on the way back to Kobe using the pass

    Day 4 – Sightseeing Kobe and go back to Osaka Namba using Hanshin Electric Railway single ticket

    Day 5 – Osaka Sightseeing using Osaka Visitor’s Ticket which we plan to take the subway for multiple places in Osaka, including Osaka Castle, Umeda, Shinsaishibashi, Tenmabshi, … etc

    Day 6 – A day trip between Osaka Namba and Nara using the Kintetsu Nara Line Rapid Express for KinetsuNara by using single ticket (from and back to Osaka)

    Day 7 – Osaka Sightseeing

    Day 8 – Osaka Namba to Kansai International Airport using Nankai Airport Express single journey ticket.

    Question 1 – is there any other pass or deal which I should use to save the transportation cost?

    Question 2 – for the trip from Osaka Namba to Kobe Sannomiya using Hashin Electric Railway. I read many post on Internet, some people said no need to change train at Amagasaki but some said need to change train. I am confused. Am I right that some train from Namba only stop at Amagasaki but some train from Namba can arrive Kobe Sannomiya without change train?

    Question 3 – We will travel in a group of 7 people. Will there be any discount in general for a group? Something like group ticket?

    Thanks for your help.

    1. Hi Hong san,

      1. You have picked the right deal. Actually I didn’t know Himeji Tourist Pass. That is very good deal.
      You may have Kansai One Pass instead of cash payment.

      It gives you convenience and discount at many attractions.

      2. It depends on the train. Many trains runs between Kintetsu-Nara and Kobe-Sannomiya. If you take this train, you don’t need to change. But some trains runs between Amagasaki and Osaka-Namba (or Kintetsu-Nara). Before boarding, check the direction. You can find it on the train or at the departure information board at the platform.

      3. Unfortunately not available.


      Takeshi /

  3. Hi Takeshi San,

    Would love to have your advice for this itinerary I’m planning. We are staying near Nippombashi station for the whole trip except for 1 night in Nagoya (near Nagoya station). I’m wondering which is better for me- Kansai Thru Pass 3 days or JR Kansai area pass for 1 day. If it is the latter, I presume I can use the Kansai One Pass for the other trips that occurred during Day 7 to 9.

    Day 1: Nippombashi->Shinsaibashi Shoppping Street->Dotonbori->Nippombashi
    Day 2: Nippombashi->Arashiyama->Nippombashi
    Day 3 [Kintetsu Rail Pass]: Nippombashi->Nara(Todaiji Temple, Isui-en Garden, Kasuga-taisha Shrine, Nara Park)->Nippombashi
    Day 4 [Kintetsu Rail Pass]: Nippombashi->Nagoya (Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima / Yuami no Shima / Nabana no Sato)->Nagoya
    Day 5 [Kintetsu Rail Pass]: Nagoya->Nara Park->Nippombashi
    Day 6: Nippombashi-> USJ
    Day 7 [Kansai Thru Pass]: Nippombashi->Himeji->Umeda->Nippombashi
    Day 8 [Kansai Thru Pass]: Nippombashi->Nishiki Market->Kinkakuji->Toei Movie Land->Nippombashi
    Day 9 [Kansai Thru Pass]: Nippombashi-> Kiyomizudera->Nippombashi
    Day 10: Nippombashi->Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum->Nippombashi

    Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Nikita san,

      You can use Kintetsu rail pass from day 2. You can get Kyoto station by Kintetsu rail pass. After arriving Kyoto, take JR train to Saga-Arashiyama. JR train is not covered by Kintetsu rail pass but extra fare is around 200 yen.

      When you go to Nagoya, you should add limited express seat fee on top of Kintetsu rail pass. There is no direct trains to Nagoya from Osaka other than limited express train. It’s too complicated to get Nagoya by ordinary trains only for overseas tourist.

      When you go to Nara after Nagoya, you should take limited express train again to Osaka. There is no direct train to Nara from Nagoya. Just go back to Osaka and get Nara. It’s more convenient and faster.

      If you can switch day 6 (USJ) and day 8 (Kyoto), you can use Kintetsu rail pass to get Kyoto again. It’s same way as day 2. You may add Kyoto city deal after arriving Kyoto. Please see the link below:

      And then you can use Kansai thru pass for day 7 (Himeji), day 9 (Kyoto) and day 10 (ramen museum).


      Takeshi /

      1. Hi Takeshi San,

        By Kyoto deal, are you referring to Kyoto sightseeing pass?

        Thanks for your advice. I will be getting the limited express train ticket to Nagoya. Can I get it at the station or should I get the ticket online?

        1. Hi Nikita,

          I think you use Kintetsu rail pass and all day bus pass for trip to Kyomizudera, and use Kansai thru pass for other day in Kyoto. If you are sure to visit Kiyomizudera only, single bus fare is okay. But if you visit one more place, bus pass is better because you can get the worth by 3 rides of bus.

          You may book and purchase a limited express ticket when you exchange your Kintetsu rail pass.


          Takeshi /

  4. Hi Takeshi san,

    Do you have any recommend driver and local guide (can speak english or chinese) to use.

    As we are planning our family trip in Dec 2017 to Osaka/Kyoto for 8days, and having 18paxs (including 2 Old, and 6kids).

    So we thought if there is driver and guide for us will be better for us to explore at our own time.

    Thank you very much in advance for your kind help and advise.


  5. Hi Takeshi San,

    I am planned for 12 days trip from tokyo > kyoto > osaka. Would like to get your advice on the type of pass or transport shall I take? Where to buy pass as I reach airport a bit late night? Below is the itenary:-

    Day 1: Tokyo – Narita airport > KEIO TAMAGAWA
    Day 2: Tokyo – KEIO Tamagawa > DisneySea
    Day 3: Tokyo – Keio tamagawa > Senso-ji>Roppongi Hills > Shinjuku> take overnight bus to kyoto (already bought bus ticket)
    Day 4: Kyoto – Kyoto station > Nijo > Nijo castle> The Kyoto Imperial Palace > Seimei Shrine> Shimogamo Shrine >four kawaramachi >nishiki shijyo> nijo
    Day 5: Kyoto – Nijo> Arashiyama> Sagano Romantic train> Tenryu-ji>Kinkaku-ji>Ryoanji> nijo
    Day 6: Kyoto – Kiyomizu-dera temple>Jishu shrine>Sannenzaka Ninenzaka>Yasaka Shrine >Fushimi inari shrine>Ujigami jinja> Nijo
    Day 7: From Kyoto to Osaka – Sakuragawa (Osaka) station> Shitenno-ji>Tsutenkaku>namba parks>dotonbori
    Day 8: Nara (Day trip from Osaka (Sakuragawa station) to Nara)
    Day 9: Kobe (Day trip from Osaka (Sakuragawa station) to Kobe)
    Day 10: Osaka – Sakuragawa (Osaka) station > Osaka Castle Park > Osaka Castle> Grand front Osaka > Hep Five > Sakuragawa (Osaka) station
    Day 11: Osaka – Sakuragawa (Osaka) station > Kuromon ichiba market > Shinsaibaishi
    Day 12: Osaka – Kansai airport

    Looking forward to your advice soon.

    Yau San

    1. Hi Yau San,

      1. Narita to Tamagawa
      You may use Limousine and subway combo.

      You can get Shinjuku by Limousine bus and use subway ticket for day 3

      Take Keio line to Tamagawa. Please check the fare at Hyperdia:

      2. Disney
      Single ticket is your choice. Take Keio line to Shinjuku and then take JR to get Maihama.

      3. For day 3
      Use single fare to get Shinjuku and use subway ticket of Limousine bus and subway ticket combo.

      4. Kyoto
      Use city deals. Please see the link below:

      5. For day 7 to 9
      Use Kansai thru pass 3 days.

      6. Osaka
      Please see the link below:

      7. To KIX
      Please see the link below:


      Takeshi /

      1. Hi Takeshi san,

        Thanks for the suggestions. From narita to tamagawa, is it using Skyliner Discount Ticket faster than limousine bus?

        Yau San

        1. Hi Yau san,

          I don’t think so. Because Skyliner takes you to Ueno or Nippori. You need to take Yamanote line or subway to Shinjuku and then change to Keio line. You have to change one more time than Limousine bus and spend extra minutes.


          Takeshi /

  6. Hi Takeshi san,

    Good day, I’m from Malaysia, planning on a family trip to osaka and Kyoto for 7days 6nights (15th to 21st may). I’m planning to follow your itinerary since it seems to cover everything.

    May I know if I’m booking for accommodation, would it be more convenient to get it near JR Kyoto station in Kyoto and JR namba station in osaka?

    For day trip in Nara before we transfer to Namba, does Japan have any facilities to drop off luggage for convenience?

    Thanks for your enlightening.

    1. Hi Janice san,

      Kyoto station is the best place to stay. In Osaka, Namba is okay. It’s the biggest downtown core. But Shin-Osaka is also recommended. Shin-Osaka is very accessible from Kyoto. Just hop on rapid train and it takes less than 30 minutes and it’s direct. And also you can reach KIX by limited express Haruka directly too. Hotel rate is also more reasonable than Namba.


      Takeshi /

      1. Dear Takeshi san,

        Thanks for your reply. I would to ask more questions.

        1. I plan to travel to JR Kyoto on day 1, settle down at hotel then have day trip to fushimi inari. Day 2 and 3 trip in kyoto. Day 4 travel from Kyoto to nara then JR Namba or shin-osaka. Do you recommend ICOCA or haruka pass only? Can I purchase round trip ICOCA pass if my destination is different on day 1 and 4? (Cos I’m not going back to airport from Kyoto on day 4)

        2. I realised most of the point of travel in your itinerary is from JR Namba, will it be a problem if I stay at shin-osaka?

        3. Which pass do you recommend if I travel from shin-osaka to kansai airport on last day?

        4. May I know if I need to purchase any other pass to move around in Nara?



        1. Hi Janice san,

          1. You can purchase one way ICOCA and Haruka to Kyoto. Don’t buy round trip because one way to Kyoto and one way from Shin-Osaka is cheaper. If you stay in Namba, Nankai railway is better and ICOCA and Haruka is not a right choice.
          You can use ICOCA for trip to Nara and other pass in Kyoto as my instruction in the post above.

          2. You cannot get Shin-Osaka from Nara directly. You can take Kintetsu railway to Namba and then take subway to Shin-Osaka.
          If you want to get direct transfer, Namba is better.

          3. Haruka discount ticket is the best.

          4. No. Walking is fine.


          Takeshi /

  7. Hi Takeshi San,

    Good day to you.

    I am planning a 2 weeks trip to Japan covering Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Mt. Fuji.

    As I have not confirmed which day to cover which places, I will write an overview on the places I plan to cover.

    3 Days in KYOTO covering:
    Nishiki Market
    Gion District – Ishibe Alley
    Kiyomizu-Dera Temple
    Tenryu-ji Temple – Arashiyama – Nonomiya Shrine
    Jōjakukō-ji Temple
    Kinkaku-ji Temple

    3 Days in OSAKA covering:
    Shinsaibashi Dotonbori Shopping Street
    Shitennoji Temple
    Sumiyoshi Taisha
    Osaka Castle

    Day trip to NARA covering:
    Kofuku-ji Temple
    Sika Deer in Nara Park
    Higashimuki Shopping Street

    Day trip to KOBE covering:

    1 Night in Mt.Fuji covering:

    6 Nights in Tokyo covering (May be adding more)
    Piss Alley
    Senso-ji (Asakusa Kannon Temple)
    Tokyo Skytree
    Nakamise Shopping Street
    Ueno Park / Zoo
    Ameyoko Market
    Tokyo Disneyland
    Ginza – Hachikō Statue
    T’s TanTan Tokyostation
    TOKYO RAMEN STREET@ At First Avenue Tokyo Station
    Meiji Shrine
    Shibuya 109
    Kura Sushi Japan

    Question here!
    1) Based on the attractions as mentioned above covering the Kansai area, what train pass is the best suitable for me? Desperately need advise on this

    2) Based on the attractions as mentioned above covering in Tokyo, what train pass is the best suitable for me? Desperately need advise on this

    3) As mentioned above that I will be covering Mt.Fuji as well, I am planning to stay for a night. However, my international and domestic flight will be as follow: SG > Osaka > Tokyo > SG. Thus, do you recommend me to go straight to Mt.Fuji once I touched down at Tokyo or probably stay a few nights before heading to Mt.Fuji for a night and then back to Tokyo again?

    Thank you so so much!

    1. Hi Zan san,

      1. For trips in Kyoto and Osaka, please see the links below:

      For trips to Nara and Kobe, Kansai thru pass is recommended:

      2. Subway pass is most recommended. Please see the links below:

      But you may need to add some fares to take other than subway. Please see the link below:

      3. It depends on your arrival time and arrival place in Tokyo. If you arrive in Haneda in the morning or early afternoon, you can go to Mt. Fuji. But if you arrive in late afternoon in Haneda or afternoon in Narita, I recommend you to stay in Tokyo first.


      Takeshi /

      1. Hi Takeshi San,

        Thank you for your kind patience and prompt reply.

        Day 1- Touched down Osaka, train to Kyoto
        Day 2- Kyoto
        Day 3- Kyoto
        Day 4- Train back to Osaka
        Day 5- Kobe, Day trip (Or should I give it a pass?) If I pass Kobe, I will either have this extra day at Osaka or Toyko.
        Day 6- Nara, Day trip
        Day 7- USJ
        Day 8- Osaka
        Day 9- Flight from Osaka to Tokyo
        Day 10- Mt.Fuji, Overnight
        Day 11- Tokyo
        Day 12- Disneyland
        Day 13- Tokyo
        Day 14- Tokyo
        Day 15- Back to SG

        After reading and if my plans are as above, kindly advise if my understanding is correct:-
        1) I will be touching down Osaka and head over to Kyoto first to stay for 3 nights. Does it means that I should just buy a single fare pass to travel from Osaka to Kyoto and then buy 1 one-day pass and 1 two-day pass to travel around Kyoto?
        2) For Day 4, will buy a single fare pass to travel back from Kyoto to Osaka.
        3) For Day 4 and 8, I will then buy the one-day unlimited eco card on daily basis to travel around Osaka.
        4) For Day 7, I will then buy the a single fare pass to travel to USJ from Osaka. (Since I doubt we will be spending almost whole day at USJ)
        5) For Day 5 and 6, if I am heading to Kobe and Nara, both will be day trip from Osaka. I will get a 2-days Kansai thru pass. If I skip Kobe, then I will just get the 1-day Kansai thru pass. But is it more worth or getting single fare better?
        6) For Day 9, I am intending to get the 12.30PM flight which will allows me to touch down Haneda at around 2.30PM after immgration and all. I have yet to book my tickets yet, thus I still can book an earlier flight if you recommend! I can get the 10.30AM or 11.30AM one too. However, just to check will it be a hassle to carry our luggages directly? We are a family of four and I believe we should be carrying one 24~28″ luggage each!
        7) For Day 11, I will buy a 24-hour tokyo subway ticket.
        8) For Day 12, I will buy a single fare pass to travel to Disneyland.
        9) For Day 13 and 14, I will a 48-hour subway ticket

        I’m sorry for the long post as I still get very very confused on the train passes. Please correct me if I am wrong.
        Thanks for your kind patience once again!


        1. Hi Zan san,

          1) If you arrive in KIX, you can use ICOCA and Haruka.

          2) You may purchase Kansai thru pass 3 days and use one of three days for day 4.

          3) You need one day pass for day 8 only.

          4) Okay.

          5) So you can use 2 days or 3 days.

          6) I recommend you to stay in Tokyo anyway. If you stay in same hotel before/after Fuji in Tokyo, you can leave most of luggage at hotel and pack small for trip to Fuji. It’s easier.

          7) Okay.
          8) Okay.
          9) Okay.


          Takeshi /

          1. Hi Takeshi San,

            Good day.

            1) I see that both ICOCA and Haruka gives direct to Osaka and Kyoto. However I will be arriving at ITM instead. It don’t works for my case right? 🙁

            2) Kansai thru pass is utilized once I started using it on my day 4 and thus it will be activated for Day 5 and 6 right?

            3) Okay noted! On my return trip back from Osaka to Tokyo, that day itself I will stay at Tokyo for a night and the next day will head over to Mt.Fuji. Anyway, will you recommend me to go on a F&E or should I go for a half day guided tour?

            Thank you.

            Best Regards,

          2. Hi Takeshi San,

            1. So from ITM Airport North Terminal No.5 (We are taking Japan Airlines) to K1 – Kyoto Station?
            Just to confirm we are following this right?

            2. Since I am no longer taking the train, do I still buy the ICOCA to travel around Kyoto for Day 1 to 3?

            3. ICOCA is like subway pass that allows us to hold a certain amount and deduct accordingly depending on the stations and distance right? Whereas I have to pay 2,000yen and top-up accordingly whenever I need to?

            Day 4- I will be buying Kansai thru 3-days pass. So I will utilise this day for travelling back from Kyoto to Osaka and tour around Osaka for this day.

            Day 5- I will be utilising another day Kansai thru 3-days pass to Nara trip.

            Day 6- I will be using ICOCA (If my conclusion of Q2 is correct) to travel to USJ on my day 6.

            Day 7 – Still thinking whether if I should skip the idea of Kobe day trip instead to staying at Osaka. However either both Kobe or Osaka, I will still utilise my last day of the Kansai thru 3-days pass to travel around.

            Day 8 – I will be taking between 10.30am to 12.30pm domestic flight from ITM to Haneda. This day, I will take the same Limo bus back to ITM airport. Upon arrival in Toyko, I will then buy the 24-hour Tokyo subway ticket to travel in Tokyo and put our luggage at the hotel (for next day Mt.Fuji).

            Day 9- We will be just taking one-way trip to Shinjuku. I am thinking of taking between 9.15AM to 10.45AM bus.

            Upon reaching Kawaguchiko Station, we will then purchase bus ride to Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway. Or should we just miss this and then buy the Retro bus to follow the bus route and travel the whole day?

            Is Mt. Kachi Kachi the same as Mt.Fuji 5th Station? Kinda confused on this part too.

            Which train pass should we get to travel from our hotel’s nearest stop to Shinjuku? Since getting the 24-hour Tokyo subway ticket is not worth it.

            P.s: We have yet to decide which airbnb/hotel to stay yet.

            Day 10 to 14 onwards, I will follow as per your recommendation in previous few posts.

            By the way, we will be travelling during this coming mid May.

            Hope to hear from you soon.
            Thank you.

            Best Regards,

          3. Hi Zan san,

            1. That’s right.

            2. I don’t think so. All day bus pass is better.

            3. You can add more fund at the vending machine in JR station. Minimum is 1000 yen and you can add by 1000 yen, like 2000 yen, 3000 yen, 4000 yen…

            >Upon reaching Kawaguchiko Station, we will then purchase bus ride to Mt. Kachi Kachi Ropeway. Or should we just miss this and then buy the Retro bus to follow the bus route and travel the whole day?
            It’s up to you. Actually you can walk to Kachikachiyama from Lake Kawaguchi station.

            >Is Mt. Kachi Kachi the same as Mt.Fuji 5th Station? Kinda confused on this part too.
            It’s completely different place. 5th station is located in the middle of Mt. Fuji. Kachikachiyama is one of the small mountains around Lake Kawaguchi.

            >Which train pass should we get to travel from our hotel’s nearest stop to Shinjuku? Since getting the 24-hour Tokyo subway ticket is not worth it.
            Just purchase a single ticket. Or you can keep ICOCA and use it. You can use ICOCA in Tokyo too.


            Takeshi /

          4. Hi Takeshi San,

            Thank you so so much for your prompt reply.

            With regards to Q2, I am thinking of going to Arashiyama, Nonomiya Shrine, Pontocho Alley, Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine, Kinkaku-ji Temple Gion District, Kiyomizu-Dera Temple and etc.
            Are we still able to access these places one to another just by buying the bus pass?

            Thank you!

            Best Regards,

          5. Hi Zan san,

            You can get anywhere by bus in Kyoto. But trains and subways are much faster. If you want to save your time, try to use trains and subways as much as you can. Traffic in Kyoto is very heavy always. You may use ICOCA or just buy single ticket as you need for taking trains and subways.


            Takeshi /

          6. Hi Takeshi San,

            1) I just realized ITM don’t sell the Kansai thru 3-days pass. In that case, how should we go back to Osaka from Kyoto Station? 🙁

            2) From Kyoto station, I have to get back to Osaka. By using Kansai thru pass, it drops me exactly at Osaka station or Shin-Osaka station?

            3) Also, I have been planning for very long, and I am still very very confused with different train lines despite reading so many resources.

            Which colour line does Kansai thru pass actually cover from this train map?

            I have read the Kansai thru pass website and it shows lots of train lines that I cannot find in the earlier link?

            4) Which colour line should I look at, if I want the same line as Kyoto – Osaka – Nara – Kobe? I am trying to book an accommodation along the route back from Kyoto so I do not have to change train (If not I think it is so confused!)

            Thank you so much for your help and patience! 🙂

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