HI guys i will be japan for about a week in april and would like some comments on my itinerary, as well as if a combination of kansai thru pass and JR west would be worth while. My base will be in osaka (staying with a friend):
Day 1: Arrive in kansai airport, straight to kyoto arashimaya (JR west one day pass), back to osaka
Day 2: Osaka (osaka day pass?) Nara in the afternoon, back to osaka
Day 3: Osaka - Kyoto (Kinkakuji, Ryoanji, Nijo-jo, imperial palace) with kansai thru pass, back to osaka
Day 4: Osaka - Kyoto (Ginkakuji, Namzenji, Kiyomizudera, Gion) with kansai thru pass, back to osaka
Day 5: Osaka - Kyoto (Fushimi Inari, Tokufuji temple) with kansai thru pass, back to osaka, explore osaka as will be back early
Day 6: Osaka - Himeji - Kobe - Osaka (JR west one day pass?)
Day 7: Osaka
Day 8: Kansai airport for home (will buy one way ticket)
My questions are:
1) will i be able to squeeze my days in kyoto into 2 days?
2) Is this the best economical way to travel? I can use the kansai thru pass on buses and subway in kyoto hence i would think that is a good option.
if i end up spending slightly more this way i dont mind as it will lessen the hassle of buying different tickets at all the time.
comments are much much appreciated, thank you!