I have a few questions for the experienced:
. is there an English speaking tour of the museum/ninja house or is it all conducted only in Japanese?
. we will be based in both Kyoto and Osaka at various times. As far as access is concerned, we will have JR Passes and prefer to access from Kyoto before the Passes expire and we move on to Osaka. I found excellent access details on Japan-Guide.com by JR, but which entails several train changes. We are a bit daunted about this, probably unnecessarily. Is there sufficient English signage to get by?
. finally, is it feasible to travel to or from Nara by JR line?