@William, well you now have your flight booked (from Kansai to Tokyo) so itfs a bit too late for the Shinkansen experience. However one thing you need to understand is that if you only do Osaka-Kyoto-Tokyo one way a JR pass is not going to pay off (unless you put some crazy long daytrips in there). You can however always buy a single ticket, which isnft that difficult as Teresa paints it. But well , you are going to fly and thatfs fine.
For Teresa if she is going to do a fairly fast paced trip from Wakkanai to Kagoshima obviously the JR pass will pay off. But @William this is not your case.
For the subway pass in Tokyo consider that it is only valid on certain lines. Ie when you look at a map of gtrainh lines in Tokyo youfll see A LOT: https://images.app.goo.gl/RoYr79nR3KtJ4jdy9
But not all of them are g subwaysh. Some are JR trains, some are from other companies (eg Yurikamome Line) that donft participate in the 24 h subway pass. Do read carefully the description of the subway pass before buying it. Ok, overall it is not such a huge investment so even if you loose instead of gain money with it itfs not that bad, but just be aware.
For me (ex-resident,slow traveler) an IC card is so much more convenient. But yes, maybe occasionally a day pass would be cheaper. You can read up more here. https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2017.htmlOut of the 10 days in Osaka, I will devote a day trip for Kobe, Kyoto, and Nara. [...]Also, does anyone have any other recommendations for day trips around Osaka other than what I listed above?
I wonder why you decided to stay 10 days in Osaka. I go regularly to Osaka for work and have yet to find interesting things to do IN Osaka. So unless you have specific interest that glue you to Osaka , I would stay those 10 days in Kyoto or even split them up in 5 days in Kyoto plus the rest elsewhere depending on your interests. But this is your trip, your interests.
Daytrips from Osaka:
1) more than 1 day to Kyoto. I think with 10 days in Kansai region at least 3 you should spend in Kyoto at a bare minimum. But thatfs me.
3) Koyasan (better with a night stay)
4) Hikone castle
5) Imaicho and Asuka (https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4185.html
) okay, I confess I really love this area and have already spent like 5 days there (in two trips: http://bicycletraveljapan.blogspot.com/search/label/Nara?m=1
). And will go there again!
6) Okayama and Kurashiki
7) Dorogawa onsen (also better with a night stay)
8) Ise /Toba
9) Miho museum
I think I could go on..., but my mobile is running out of battery and you out of days for daytrips.
I find that the pages on JG give a lot of information, but you need to drill into it.
Some of these places are a bit further and the more of these daytrips you do the closer you come to a break even point for some of the many passes that exist (there are several in Kansai region)
For daytrips from Tokyo
Kamakura, Enoshima,Nikko, Chichibu, Karuizawa...