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Transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto to Osaka

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Transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto to Osaka

We are a family of 4, (19 year old son &17 year old daughter). We will be in Tokyo from December 23-27. Kyoto 27-29, Osaka 29-31. Nagasaki Dec 31-3

I have accommodations booked for entire trip with flights from Osaka to Nagasaki & Nagasaki to Tokyo also boomed.

I need train one way to Kyoto from Tokyo & Kyoto to Osaka. I’m open to packages that include accommodation since I have time to cancel existing bookings. Please advise.

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1. Re: Transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto to Osaka

Welcome to the TA forums.

FYI - Kyoto and Osaka are less than an hour from each other via train. You might want to consider staying in one city and do day trips to the other.

https:/…index.aspx = Shinkansen + hotel packages.

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3. Re: Transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto to Osaka

Thank you! Did you select ordinary or green car pass?

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4. Re: Transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto to Osaka

If you don't plan to visit Hiroshima, you don't need a JR pass based on your original itinerary.

www.japan-guide.com/railpass = rail pass calculator.

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5. Re: Transportation from Tokyo to Kyoto to Osaka

Yes, as said, if you are only going one way from Tokyo to Kansai, **do not** get the JR Pass. It would be a terrible waste of money. If you are flying from Osaka to Nagasaki, I hope to God you are not paying full fare. There are dirt cheap flights on Peach as well as ANA's Experience Japan Fare.



If you want a cheaper bullet train ticket, you might consider the Platt Kodama Ticket. The tradeoff is that it will take you an extra hour, using Kodama trains that stop at every bullet train station.


Regarding your plans, it would be a tragedy if you skipped Nara - it has some of the best sights in Japan, particularly the Todaiji Great Buddha.


Likewise, if you are already seeing Tokyo, you can more or less skip Osaka during the day. You might go see Himeji, with the nation's finest castle - and the Kokoen Garden near it is no less magnificent. Get the combo ticket and one is virtually free.


You could get a one day Kansai Area Pass and save some money on the round trip. For Osaka, you could see it after a day of sightseeing in Kyoto - the evening is when Osaka really comes to life, and there are many great places like Dotonbori, Shinsekai, and places for city views.


As for seeing Nagasaki over New Year's, there are many great places to see.


Be sure to try the chanpon and saraudon for lunch or dinner. You can get a streetcar day pass and go to many of the best places. As a reminder, at the end/start of the year, many banks, museums, etc will be closed. Whatever plans you make, be sure you verify the place will be open first. For food and money, convenience stores can be a godsend. At 7-11s you can use your ATM card and get yen easily and in English.


If you do plan to use your ATM card in Japan, make sure your bank knows about it first so they don't suspect fraudulent usage and freeze your account.

You are charged for each ATM use so withdrawing fewer and larger sums is better - and Japan is relatively safe.

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