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Travelling to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka

Hi guys, I am planning to travel to Japan with my wife in mid April for 8 days and wanting to visit Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka in those orders.

I was wondering what is the best option to travel to those place? I assume the bullet train Shinkansen is the best option?
It is worth getting the 7 days national japan rail pass?
Is it better to buy the tickets at the train station or should we buy it in advance online?



  • edited January 2017
    You don't give enough info. Are you returning to Tokyo?
    Either way, a 7 day pass does not pay off. But if you go round trip, with just a bit more like a side trip outside Tokyo or Kansai, you can get your money's worth.
    For April you could buy the pass in Japan, but at a substantial mark up.
    If definitely using one, why not buy it where it is cheaper?

    Since you are already seeing Tokyo, you can largely skip Osaka during the day. After the temples of Kyoto close down around 5PM, you can zip over to Osaka for the evening. At night the city comes alive and has some great places to see, such as Dotonbori, plus the night views from the Umeda Sky Bldg and Abeno Harukas Bldg are wonderful.
    On another evening, you could also go and see Kobe.
    Instead, don't miss Nara and Himeji, with some of Japan's best sights.

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