My group is travelling Japan for 14 days. We will be landing in Osaka KIX airport then spending 3 nights in Osaka exploring the city, as well as doing day trips to Kobe and Himeji. Then we will be staying for 3 nights in Kyoto to visit Gion, shrines, bamboo forest, monkey park, etc. Finally, we booked 7 nights to stay in Tokyo to explore within the city and some day trips to Hakone, Mt. Fuji, possibly Nikko, possibly Shiraito falls (although not sure how we are going to get there).
We are struggling to decide between a 14 day JR pass and regional passes (Kansai region and one of the JR East pass- probably the East-South Hokkaido pass). If we do take the regional passes, we'd only need to buy ticket to Tokyo from Kyoto which is around $140 to get from one region to another. What is appealing with the regional passes, correct me if I'm wrong, is that it sounds like we would be able to use different lines within the city and not just a JR line whereas with the JR pass, we are limited to JR lines which don't run within the city. For example, if we were to travel from Dotonburi to HEP FIVE Ferris wheel in Osaka, there isn't a JR line that runs in between therefore a JR pass wouldn't be helpful but a regional pass is. So if we bought a JR pass, we'd be paying $500 plus bus fares that we would need to get around the city. Furthermore, is the Hakone Free Pass included in the JR pass?
Hope my question is clear and thanks in advance!