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Need Kyoto and Osaka Itinerary 2018/3/8 13:41
Hi! I'm will be flying to Tokyo in less than a week. I have bought the JR Rail Pass and I need to get some use out of it so I am going to Kyoto and Osaka. I am planning on these being a one day,one night trip for each ( yes I know there is far too much to cover in that span of time). I've completely filled up more than enough things to do in Tokyo and Hakone for my Trip, but I've been Struggling on finding cheap (this is key) things to do in Kyoto and Osaka, although more so in Osaka. If anyone can let me know of cheap or free things to do in these places I would most appreciate it. If it helps, I am interested in cars, anime,music,hiking and art.
by DanJpan  

Re: transportation and destinations 2018/3/9 18:32
Which airport will you fly into: Narita [NRT] or Tokyo Haneda [HND]?
(Narita Airport is actually outside Tokyo.)
At what time is your flight arrival scheduled?

I've been Struggling on finding cheap (this is key) things to do in Kyoto and Osaka

When priority is given to saving your cost,
it may be a better option to have a domestic flight at a discount price to Itami [ITM] or Kansai [KIX].

I recommend
you consider time and cost
to visit the office where you bought your Exchange Order (for a Japan Rail Pass)
and to cancel it,
check domestic flight timetables,
search for vacancy among seats in planes,
and judge whether this option should work better cost-wise for you.

- ANA Experience JAPAN Fare
https://www.ana.co.jp/en/us/promotions/share/experience_jp/
- JAL Japan Explorer Pass
http://www.world.jal.co.jp/world/en/japan_explorer_pass/ar/

Your leg beyond Odawara for Hakone is not served by JR.
A 7-day Japan Rail Pass, when it is used just to get from Tokyo to Osaka and back,
does not save greatly your railway cost.
When you add a few side trips which can be done mainly by JR railway line(s), the 7-day JRP may be worthwhile.

Major tourist spots in Kyoto City (other than those near Kyoto and Nijo Stations) are mostly accessible better by non-JR railway or bus lines.
One exception is spots along the west JR Bus Takao-Keihoku Line, which is covered by a Japan Rail Pass.
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3940.html

You can go to Arashiyama area by the JR Sagano Line.
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3912.html
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3950_arashiyama_full.html

Kyoto International Manga Museum is near Karasuma Oike subway station and bus stop.
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3946.html

Kyoto Railway Museum is near Umekoji Park/Kyoto Railway Museum bus stop and Umekoji Koen Mae (Umekoji Park) bus stop.
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3972.html

A Kyoto City Bus & Kyoto Bus One-day Pass (sold at 500 yen) pays off for three or more bus rides inside the flat-fare zone.
https://www2.city.kyoto.lg.jp/kotsu/webguide/en/ticket/regular_1day_ca...

- Arukumachi KYOTO Route Planner
http://www.arukumachikyoto.jp/index.php?lang=en

In Osaka City you might hope to take a bird's eye view of the
by omotenashi rate this post as useful

Re: Re: transportation and destinations (2) 2018/3/9 19:07
It seems "submit" button was unintentionally clicked.
A typo is found: "the west JR Bus" should be spelled "the West JR Bus" in my previous response.

In Osaka City you might hope to take a bird's eye view of the surrounding world from a skyscraper or a Ferris wheel.

Related Japan Guide articles:
- Osaka Travel: Abeno Harukas
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4026.html
- Osaka Travel: Osaka Bay Area
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4010.html
: Here Tempozan Ferris Wheel and Cosmo Tower are introduced.
- Osaka Travel: Kita (Umeda)
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4009.html
: Here Umeda Sky Building and HEP Five Ferris Wheel are introduced.
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Re: Need Kyoto and Osaka Itinerary 2018/3/9 21:26
In Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Shrine is free. You can see the Shrine but itfs also nice to continue on for a hike up the mountain there for a view over Kyoto. Since youfre only there for a day Ifd go very early or in the evening as there arenft any opening times so you arenft bound by those and it will be quieter at those times. Other than that, I always enjoy walking around nice atmospheric neighbourhoods, so you could go to Gion or the Higashiyama district (I think therefs also a donguri (Studio Ghibli) store there which can be fun to browse if you like anime. It also has a big Totoro plush with a bus stop sign you can take a picture with).

Ifm less familiar with Osaka, but I suppose the same applies. This site mentions that Hozenji Yokocho Alley is nicely atmposperic with a free to visit temple at the end of it, but Ifve never been and Dotonbori nearby is supposedly nice at night. See: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4001.html
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Re: Need Kyoto and Osaka Itinerary 2018/3/10 00:48
Ronda:
In Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Shrine is free.

You can travel with your Japan Rail Pass on the JR Nara Line from Kyoto Station to Inari Station (close to Fushimi Inari Taisha) and back.

Kyoto Station Building is a relatively modern architecture; you might find some nice spots outside the ticket gates.
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3922.html
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