The Kansai Region is the perfect destination if it’s your first time in Japan. It is rich in cultural heritage, evident in the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that dot its map, yet its biggest city, Osaka, also feels undoubtedly modern and futuristic. It also prepares you for the craziness and fast pace of Tokyo, if you also plan on paying the capital a visit.

The itineraries below will take you to four of Kansai’s biggest tourist destinations: Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara. All these involve spending your nights in Osaka and visiting the other destinations only on a day trip.

Note that the indicated costs and times are just rough estimates that are meant to give you a ballpark figure. The actual prices and schedules may be different in reality so always double check with official sources. The estimates also have big margins. Better overestimate than under. Please make the necessary adjustments to match your conditions.

If you need more help planning your trip, you may check out these guides:

Osaka Travel Guide
Kyoto Travel Guide

If you’re only interested in Osaka and Kyoto and not Kobe or Nara, we have a dedicated post for that too:

Osaka-Kyoto Itineraries


Tip! Rent a pocket wi-fi for hassle-free travels!

The language barrier in Osaka is real, so you can save a lot of time and avoid stress if you’re connected to the Internet, which you can use to translate and navigate. You can reserve one in advance via Klook for only PhP 389 per day for unlimited 4G access. That’s a lot cheaper than those you will find at Kansai airport. The best part, if you’re a group, you can connect multiple devices hassle-free. You can then split the cost with your friends. You can pick up the device at the airport. No deposit is required.

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Osaka-Nara-Kyoto: 4 Days, 3 nights

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights
Hotel stop: 3 nights in Osaka

PASSES YOU NEED:

  • 1-day Osaka Amazing Pass, ¥2500, to be used on Day 2, Reserve Here!
  • 1-day JR West Kansai Pass, ¥2200, to be used on Day 4, Reserve Here!

Day 1: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN
12:30pm – Arrival at Kansai Airport
01:00pm – Collect Klook Passes at Arrival Hall
01:30pm – Train to Universal City, ¥1190
02:30pm – Universal Studios Japan, ¥7900, Reserve Here!
08:00pm – Train to Namba, ¥410
08:40pm – Hotel check in
09:00pm – Late dinner, ¥1000
10:30pm – Back to hotel, lights out

Day 2: OSAKA CITY TOUR
05:00am – Wake up
06:00am – Subway to Tamagawa Station (Endo Sushi), FREE (OA Pass)
07:00am – Breakfast at Endo Sushi, ¥1242
08:30am – Subway to Tanimachiyonchome Station (Osaka Castle), FREE (OA Pass)
09:00am – Osaka Castle, FREE (OA Pass)
12:00nn – Subway to Nakatsu Station (Ramen Yashichi), FREE (OA Pass)
12:30nn – Lunch at Ramen Yashichi, ¥730
02:30pm – Subway to from Nakatsu to Umeda, FREE (OA Pass)
03:00pm – Umeda Sky Building Observatory, FREE (OA Pass)
04:30pm – Subway from Umeda to Namba, FREE (OA Pass)
05:00pm – Tombori River Cruise, FREE, (OA Pass)
06:00pm – Dotonbori Night Tour, FREE (OA Pass)
07:30pm – Early dinner at Tokisushi, ¥1134
10:30pm – Back to hotel, lights out

Day 3: NARA DAY TOUR
06:30am – Wake up call
08:00am – Walk to Osaka-Namba Station
08:06am – Osaka-Namba Station to KintetsuNara, ¥560
09:00am – Sarusawa-ike Pond
10:00am – Kofuku-ji Temple, museum, eastern hall, ¥800
12:00nn – Lunch, ¥1000
01:30pm – Gango-ji Temple, ¥500
03:00pm – Kasuga Taisha Shrine, ¥500
04:30pm – Nara Park, FREE
06:00pm – Dinner, ¥1500
07:08pm – Train to Osaka-Namba, ¥560

Day 4: KYOTO DAY TOUR
07:00am – Wake up, hotel check out
08:00am – JR Trains to Kyoto Station, FREE (JR West Pass)
09:00am – Leave bags in locker, ¥700
09:50am – Train to Saga-Arashiyama, FREE (JR West Pass)
10:10am – Explore Arashiyama, Tenryuji Fee: ¥500
12:00pm – Train to Kyoto Station, FREE
12:30pm – Lunch, ¥1000
01:40pm – Train to Inari Station, FREE (JR West Pass)
02:00pm – Fushimi Inari Shrine, FREE
04:00pm – Train to Kyoto Station, FREE
04:30pm – JR Ltd. Exp. Haruka train, FREE (JR West Pass)
06:00pm – Dinner, ¥1500
07:00pm – Flight check in
09:15pm – Flight out

Cost Estimate: JPY 29,000 (USD259, SGD355, PHP14000, EUR222), excluding airfare and hotel.


Osaka-Kyoto-Nara: 4 Days, 4 nights

Duration: 4 days, 4 nights
Hotel stop: 4 nights in Osaka

This one assumes you’re landing at Kansai Airport at night, so we added a Day 0 (Night 1). Another difference between this and the previous 4D itinerary is that you will also have a full day and night in Kyoto, but you will be visiting Kiyomizu-dera instead of Fushimi Inari Shrine. You will be visiting Nara on your last day.

PASSES YOU NEED:

  • 1-day Osaka Amazing Pass, ¥2500, to be used on Day 3, Reserve Here!
  • 2-day Kansai Thru Pass,, ¥3900, to be used on Days 3 and 4, Reserve here!

Day 0
08:10pm – Arrival at Kansai Airport
09:10pm – Collect Klook passes at Arrival Hall
09:54pm – Board Nankai Airport Express to Namba, ¥920
10:30pm – Check-in at the hotel

Day 1: OSAKA
07:00am – Wake up call
08:30am – Subway to Tanimachiyonchome Station (Osaka Castle), FREE (OA Pass)
09:00am – Osaka Castle, FREE (OA Pass)
12:00nn – Subway to Nakatsu Station (Ramen Yashichi), FREE (OA Pass)
12:30nn – Lunch at Ramen Yashichi, ¥730
02:30pm – Subway to from Nakatsu to Umeda, FREE (OA Pass)
03:00pm – Umeda Sky Building Observatory, FREE (OA Pass)
04:30pm – Subway from Umeda to Namba, FREE (OA Pass)
05:00pm – Walk around Dotonbori
06:00pm – Japan Night Walk Tour, FREE (OA Pass)
08:00pm – Dinner at Tokisushi or Menya Jorouku Ramen, ¥1200
09:00pm – Back to hotel, sleep

Day 2: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
05:00am – Wake up call
06:00am – Subway to Tamagawa Station, ¥230
07:00am – Breakfast at Endo Sushi, ¥1242
09:00am – Train from Noda Station to Universal City, ¥160
09:15am – Universal Studios Japan, ¥7900 + ¥1500 lunch
08:00pm – Train to Osaka-Namba Station, ¥360
09:00pm – Dinner, ¥1000

Day 3: KYOTO
07:00am – Wake up call
08:00am – Subway to Umeda Station, FREE (KT Pass)
08:30am – Hankyu train to Arashiyama, FREE (KT Pass)
09:30am – Explore Arashiyama, Tenryuji Fee: ¥500
12:00pm – Train to Kawaramachi Station, FREE (KT Pass)
12:30pm – Lunch at Butaya ton Ichi Teramachi, ¥1200
01:30pm – Walk to Gion District
02:00pm – Yasaka Shrine, FREE
03:00pm – Walk to Higashiyama District
04:00pm – Kiyomizu-dera Temple, ¥400
06:00pm – Walk to Kiyomizu-michi Bus Stop
06:30pm – Bus 207 to Shijo Kawaramachi Bus Stop, ¥230
07:30pm – Hankyu Train to Umeda Station, FREE (KT Pass)
08:30pm – Subway to Namba Station, FREE (KT Pass)
09:00pm – Dinner, ¥1000

Day 4: NARA, DEPARTURE
06:30am – Check out, walk to Osaka-Namba Station
07:30am – Store luggage in locker, ¥700
08:06am – Train to Kintetsu-Nara Station, FREE (KT Pass)
09:00am – Explore 2 temples, entrance fee budget: ¥1300
12:00nn – Lunch, ¥1000
01:30pm – Nara Park
02:30pm – Kintetsu Train to Osaka-Namba, FREE (KT Pass)
04:00pm – Nankai Train to Airport, FREE (KT Pass)
05:30pm – Check in
08:30pm – Flight out

Cost Estimate: JPY 30,000 (USD279, SGD378, PHP14300, EUR247), excluding plane tickets and accommodations.


Osaka-Nara-Kyoto: 5 Days, 4 nights

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
Hotel stop: 4 nights in Osaka

PASSES YOU NEED:

  • 1-day Osaka Amazing Pass, ¥2500, to be used on Day 3, Reserve Here!
  • 1-day JR West Kansai Pass, ¥2200, to be used on Day 5, Reserve Here!

Day 1: DOTONBORI
12:30pm – Arrival at Kansai Airport
01:00pm – Collect Klook Passes at Arrival Hall
01:39pm – Nankai Airport Express to Namba, ¥920
02:15pm – Walk to hotel
02:40pm – Hotel check in, freshen up
04:30pm – Kuromon Market, Budget: ¥1500
06:00pm – Dotonbori
08:00pm – Dinner at Tokisushi, ¥1134
10:00pm – Back to hotel, lights out

Day 2: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN
07:00am – Wake up call
08:20am – Walk to JR-Namba Station
09:00am – Train to UniversalCity Station, ¥180
09:30pm – Universal Studios Japan, ¥7900, Reserve Here!
Food expenses: ¥2500
08:00pm – Train to Namba, ¥410
08:40pm – Hotel check in
09:00pm – Late dinner, ¥1000
10:30pm – Back to hotel, lights out

Day 3: OSAKA CITY TOUR
05:00am – Wake up
06:00am – Subway to Tamagawa Station (Endo Sushi), FREE (OA Pass)
07:00am – Breakfast at Endo Sushi, ¥1242
08:30am – Subway to Tanimachiyonchome Station (Osaka Castle), FREE (OA Pass)
09:00am – Osaka Castle, FREE (OA Pass)
12:00nn – Subway to Nakatsu Station (Ramen Yashichi), FREE (OA Pass)
12:30nn – Lunch at Ramen Yashichi, ¥730
02:30pm – Subway to from Nakatsu to Umeda, FREE (OA Pass)
03:00pm – Umeda Sky Building Observatory, FREE (OA Pass)
04:30pm – Subway from Umeda to Namba, FREE (OA Pass)
05:00pm – Tombori River Cruise, FREE, (OA Pass)
06:00pm – Dotonbori Night Tour, FREE (OA Pass)
07:30pm – Early dinner at Tokisushi, ¥1134
10:30pm – Back to hotel, lights out

Day 4: NARA DAY TOUR
06:30am – Wake up call
08:00am – Walk to Osaka-Namba Station
08:06am – Osaka-Namba Station to KintetsuNara, ¥560
09:00am – Sarusawa-ike Pond
10:00am – Kofuku-ji Temple, museum, eastern hall, ¥800
12:00nn – Lunch, ¥1000
01:30pm – Gango-ji Temple, ¥500
03:00pm – Kasuga Taisha Shrine, ¥500
04:30pm – Nara Park, FREE
06:00pm – Dinner, ¥1500
07:08pm – Train to Osaka-Namba, ¥560

Day 5: KYOTO DAY TOUR
07:00am – Wake up, hotel check out
08:00am – JR Trains to Kyoto Station, FREE (JR West Pass)
09:00am – Leave bags in locker, ¥700
09:50am – Train to Saga-Arashiyama, FREE (JR West Pass)
10:10am – Explore Arashiyama, Tenryuji Fee: ¥500
12:00pm – Train to Kyoto Station, FREE
12:30pm – Lunch, ¥1000
01:40pm – Train to Inari Station, FREE (JR West Pass)
02:00pm – Fushimi Inari Shrine, FREE
04:00pm – Train to Kyoto Station, FREE
04:30pm – JR Ltd. Exp. Haruka train, FREE (JR West Pass)
06:00pm – Dinner, ¥1500
07:00pm – Flight check in
09:15pm – Flight out

Cost Estimate: JPY 35,000 (USD313, SGD429, PHP17000, EUR268), excluding plane tickets and accommodations.


Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe-Nara: 5 Days, 5 nights

Duration: 5 days, 5 nights
Hotel stop: 5 nights in Osaka

This one assumes you’re landing at Kansai Airport at night, so we added a Day 0 (Night 1). Another difference between this and the previous 4D itinerary is that you will also have a full day and night in Kyoto, but you will be visiting Kiyomizu-dera instead of Fushimi Inari Shrine. You will be visiting Nara on your last day.

PASSES YOU NEED:

  • 1-day Osaka Amazing Pass, ¥2500, to be used on Day 3, Reserve Here!
  • 2-day Kansai Thru Pass,, ¥3900, to be used on Days 3 and 5, Reserve here!
  • 1-day Hanshin Tourist Pass, ¥700, to be used on Day 4, Reserve here!
  • 1-day Rokkosan Tourist Pass, ¥1000, to be used on Day 4, Reserve here!

Day 0
08:10pm – Arrival at Kansai Airport
09:10pm – Collect Klook passes at Arrival Hall
09:54pm – Board Nankai Airport Express to Namba, ¥920
10:30pm – Check-in at the hotel

Day 1: OSAKA TOUR
07:00am – Wake up call
08:30am – Subway to Tanimachiyonchome Station (Osaka Castle), FREE (OA Pass)
09:00am – Osaka Castle, FREE (OA Pass)
12:00nn – Subway to Nakatsu Station (Ramen Yashichi), FREE (OA Pass)
12:30nn – Lunch at Ramen Yashichi, ¥730
02:30pm – Subway to from Nakatsu to Umeda, FREE (OA Pass)
03:00pm – Umeda Sky Building Observatory, FREE (OA Pass)
04:30pm – Subway from Umeda to Namba, FREE (OA Pass)
05:00pm – Walk around Dotonbori
06:00pm – Japan Night Walk Tour, FREE (OA Pass)
08:00pm – Dinner at Tokisushi or Menya Jorouku Ramen, ¥1200
09:00pm – Back to hotel, sleep

Day 2: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
05:00am – Wake up call
06:00am – Subway to Tamagawa Station, ¥230
07:00am – Breakfast at Endo Sushi, ¥1242
09:00am – Train from Noda Station to Universal City, ¥160
09:15am – Universal Studios Japan, ¥7900 + ¥1500 lunch
08:00pm – Train to Osaka-Namba Station, ¥360
09:00pm – Dinner, ¥1000

Day 3: KYOTO DAY TOUR
07:00am – Wake up call
08:00am – Subway to Umeda Station, FREE (KT Pass)
08:30am – Hankyu train to Arashiyama, FREE (KT Pass)
09:30am – Explore Arashiyama, Tenryuji Fee: ¥500
12:00pm – Train to Kawaramachi Station, FREE (KT Pass)
12:30pm – Lunch at Butaya ton Ichi Teramachi, ¥1200
01:30pm – Walk to Gion District
02:00pm – Yasaka Shrine, FREE
03:00pm – Walk to Higashiyama District
04:00pm – Kiyomizu-dera Temple, ¥400
06:00pm – Walk to Kiyomizu-michi Bus Stop
06:30pm – Bus 207 to Shijo Kawaramachi Bus Stop, ¥230
07:30pm – Hankyu Train to Umeda Station, FREE (KT Pass)
08:30pm – Subway to Namba Station, FREE (KT Pass)
09:00pm – Dinner, ¥1000

Day 4: KOBE DAY TOUR
07:00am – Wake up call
08:00am – Subway to Umeda Station, ¥230
08:20am – Hanshin train to Mikage Station, FREE (Hanshin Pass)
09:20am – Kobe City Bus 16 to Rokko Cable Shita, FREE (Hanshin Pass)
10:00am – Cable Car to Rokko Cable Sanjo Station, FREE (Rokkosan Pass)
10:30am – Rokko Sanjo Bus to Rokko Snow Park, FREE (Rokkosan Pass)
10:45am – Rokko Snow Park, ¥2100
11:00am – Lunch, Restaurant Alpen Rose, ¥1200
12:00pm – Snow Activities
03:00pm – Sanjo Bus to Rokko Cable Sanjo Station, FREE (Rokkosan Pass)
03:15pm – Cable Car to Rokko Cable Shita Station, FREE (Rokkosan Pass)
03:45pm – Kobe City Bus 16 to Mikage Station, FREE (Hanshin Pass)
04:15pm – Hanshin train to Motomachi Station, FREE (Hanshin Pass)
04:45pm – Kobe Harborland. FREE.
07:30pm – Hanshin Train to Umeda Station, FREE (Hanshin Pass)
08:10pm – Dinner: Hanshin Department Store Snack Park, ¥1500
09:00pm – HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel, ¥600.
10:30pm – Subway to Namba Station, ¥230

Day 5: NARA DAY TOUR
06:30am – Check out, walk to Osaka-Namba Station
07:30am – Store luggage in locker, ¥700
08:06am – Train to Kintetsu-Nara Station, FREE (KT Pass)
09:00am – Explore 2 temples, entrance fee budget: ¥1300
12:00nn – Lunch, ¥1000
01:30pm – Nara Park
02:30pm – Kintetsu Train to Osaka-Namba, FREE (KT Pass)
04:00pm – Nankai Train to Airport, FREE (KT Pass)
05:30pm – Check in
08:30pm – Flight out

Cost Estimate: JPY 39,000 (USD362, SGD490, PHP18500, EUR320), excluding plane tickets, accommodations, and snow activities at Rokko Snow Park.


Osaka-Nara-Kobe-Kyoto: 6 Days, 5 nights

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights
Hotel stop: 5 nights in Osaka

PASSES YOU NEED:

  • 1-day Osaka Amazing Pass, ¥2500, to be used on Day 3, Reserve Here!
  • 1-day Hanshin Tourist Pass, ¥700, to be used on Day 5, Reserve here!
  • 1-day Rokkosan Tourist Pass, ¥1000, to be used on Day 5, Reserve here!
  • 1-day JR West Kansai Pass, ¥2200, to be used on Day 6, Reserve Here!

Day 1: DOTONBORI
12:30pm – Arrival at Kansai Airport
01:00pm – Collect Klook Passes at Arrival Hall
01:39pm – Nankai Airport Express to Namba, ¥920
02:15pm – Walk to hotel
02:40pm – Hotel check in, freshen up
04:30pm – Kuromon Market, Budget: ¥1500
06:00pm – Dotonbori
08:00pm – Dinner at Tokisushi, ¥1134
10:00pm – Back to hotel, lights out

Day 2: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN
07:00am – Wake up call
08:20am – Walk to JR-Namba Station
09:00am – Train to UniversalCity Station, ¥180
09:30pm – Universal Studios Japan, ¥7900, Reserve Here!
Food expenses: ¥2500
08:00pm – Train to Namba, ¥410
08:40pm – Hotel check in
09:00pm – Late dinner, ¥1000
10:30pm – Back to hotel, lights out

Day 3: OSAKA CITY TOUR
05:00am – Wake up
06:00am – Subway to Tamagawa Station (Endo Sushi), FREE (OA Pass)
07:00am – Breakfast at Endo Sushi, ¥1242
08:30am – Subway to Tanimachiyonchome Station (Osaka Castle), FREE (OA Pass)
09:00am – Osaka Castle, FREE (OA Pass)
12:00nn – Subway to Nakatsu Station (Ramen Yashichi), FREE (OA Pass)
12:30nn – Lunch at Ramen Yashichi, ¥730
02:30pm – Subway to from Nakatsu to Umeda, FREE (OA Pass)
03:00pm – Umeda Sky Building Observatory, FREE (OA Pass)
04:30pm – Subway from Umeda to Namba, FREE (OA Pass)
05:00pm – Tombori River Cruise, FREE, (OA Pass)
06:00pm – Dotonbori Night Tour, FREE (OA Pass)
07:30pm – Early dinner at Tokisushi, ¥1134
10:30pm – Back to hotel, lights out

Day 4: NARA DAY TOUR
06:30am – Wake up call
08:00am – Walk to Osaka-Namba Station
08:06am – Osaka-Namba Station to KintetsuNara, ¥560
09:00am – Sarusawa-ike Pond
10:00am – Kofuku-ji Temple, museum, eastern hall, ¥800
12:00nn – Lunch, ¥1000
01:30pm – Gango-ji Temple, ¥500
03:00pm – Kasuga Taisha Shrine, ¥500
04:30pm – Nara Park, FREE
06:00pm – Dinner, ¥1500
07:08pm – Train to Osaka-Namba, ¥560

Day 5: KOBE DAY TOUR
07:00am – Wake up call
08:00am – Subway to Umeda Station, ¥230
08:20am – Hanshin train to Mikage Station, FREE (Hanshin Pass)
09:20am – Kobe City Bus 16 to Rokko Cable Shita, FREE (Hanshin Pass)
10:00am – Cable Car to Rokko Cable Sanjo Station, FREE (Rokkosan Pass)
10:30am – Rokko Sanjo Bus to Rokko Snow Park, FREE (Rokkosan Pass)
10:45am – Rokko Snow Park, ¥2100
11:00am – Lunch, Restaurant Alpen Rose, ¥1200
12:00pm – Snow Activities
03:00pm – Sanjo Bus to Rokko Cable Sanjo Station, FREE (Rokkosan Pass)
03:15pm – Cable Car to Rokko Cable Shita Station, FREE (Rokkosan Pass)
03:45pm – Kobe City Bus 16 to Mikage Station, FREE (Hanshin Pass)
04:15pm – Hanshin train to Motomachi Station, FREE (Hanshin Pass)
04:45pm – Kobe Harborland. FREE.
07:30pm – Hanshin Train to Umeda Station, FREE (Hanshin Pass)
08:10pm – Dinner: Hanshin Department Store Snack Park, ¥1500
09:00pm – HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel, ¥600.
10:30pm – Subway to Namba Station, ¥230

Day 6: KYOTO DAY TOUR
07:00am – Wake up, hotel check out
08:00am – JR Trains to Kyoto Station, FREE (JR West Pass)
09:00am – Leave bags in locker, ¥700
09:50am – Train to Saga-Arashiyama, FREE (JR West Pass)
10:10am – Explore Arashiyama, Tenryuji Fee: ¥500
12:00pm – Train to Kyoto Station, FREE
12:30pm – Lunch, ¥1000
01:40pm – Train to Inari Station, FREE (JR West Pass)
02:00pm – Fushimi Inari Shrine, FREE
04:00pm – Train to Kyoto Station, FREE
04:30pm – JR Ltd. Exp. Haruka train, FREE (JR West Pass)
06:00pm – Dinner, ¥1500
07:00pm – Flight check in
09:15pm – Flight out

Cost Estimate: JPY 43,000 (USD384, SGD527, PHP20800, EUR329), not counting hotels and plane tickets.


Budget Tips

If you’re on a tight budget, here are some ways to bring down the cost.

  • Avoid eating out. All the itineraries above assume you’re eating out for every meal. Staying in a place with a kitchen or go to the grocery/supermarket for food instead of restaurants.
  • If you must eat out, do so for lunch. I know, I know. You’re in Japan. It would be a shame to not experience its dining scene. If you really have to eat out, do so for lunch when you’re already out. For dinner, you can just buy something from the supermarket. This way, you have a perfect balance of supermarket and restaurant food.
  • Skip Universal Studios Japan. You’ll be able to save 7900 yen if you replace it with something much cheaper.
  • Drop the other destinations. The biggest fraction of the cost is spent on transportation. Visiting multiple destinations push the total expenses much higher. If budget is a concern, drop the other cities and focus on just one or two. To be honest, Osaka and Kyoto alone can fill a full week’s itinerary. You don’t have to see everything. You can have more fun if you don’t feel like you’re not on the season finale of the Amazing Race. Choose one or two destinations and stick to them.

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The budget estimate above is based on DIY. But if you want to join day tours instead, you can too. This way you have a travel guide so you could appreciate the significance and history of the sites better and some transfers/transportation too.

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Comments

  1. Marian Bautista says:

    hi. would like to know if you used a jr west pass?or an osaka amazing pass? what do you recommend? thanks

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Marian. We have updated the post just now, so hopefully our update answers your question. :D

  2. zhiara go says:

    Hi whats the best pass to use? We will be staying in Osaka Nov 27-Dec3. We will be heading to nearby cities like Nara and Kyoto.

  3. dine says:

    Hi! we are planning a trip to Osaka for 6days. Planning to do your IT guide for Osaka-Kyoto-Nara/Kobe. My 70 yr old Mom will be joining us, do you think di sya mahihirapan if we follow your itinerary? if not, any suggestion? Thanks in advance!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Dine, in general, these itineraries involve a lot of walking that can’t be helped if DIY. Example, the Osaka Castle grounds, it’s vast. It really requires a lot of walking.

      So di ko sure if appropriate sa mom mo. Depende rin kasi sa current fitness nya. I know my mom, who is also a senior citizen, can do this itinerary with no problem. But my aunt na halos ka-age nya, hindi na kaya.

  4. Russell De Guzman says:

    Hi!

    I patterned my trip to one of your itineraries when I went to Hong Kong-Macau last year and it was very useful.

    Will be in Osaka spring this year and I’m planning to do the 6-day itinerary.

    Would you recommend I get an ICOCA IC card for this itinerary?

    Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Russell,

      We’re currently in Kansai exploring Osaka/Kobe/Kyoto etc. We’ll be updating this very soon so baka mas ok ung updated na.

      But to answer your question, yep. For the 6-day itinerary, the ICOCA card will be useful.

  5. Jing Fragante says:

    On the days that you did not use a pass (e.g. days 4 and 5 on your 6-day sample itinerary), did you just use an ICOCA card? If so, hindi ba sya more expensive, since regular fare sya? Thanks!

  6. Agnes says:

    Hi
    Other days with Yen amount, what train or pass need to buy so that it save money?

  7. Dastan says:

    If i have extra days which is 7days in total, what do you do for extra days? do you go for kyoto for the extra days? or somewhere else in osaka?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Personally, I’d spend another day in Kyoto and visit other sites.

  8. jean says:

    Hi good day,

    We need your suggestion please, as we have a family trip coming this May 25 to 29 arrival in Osaka then exit in Nagoya. Its too hard for us to decide which pass we will avail Kintetsu Pass and amazing pass? do we still need to
    avail the hankyu for Kyoto day tour? thanks much and God bless. jean

  9. Chenyl says:

    Hi! Your posts have been extremely helpful, thank you so much.

    We’re planning on an Osaka-Kyoto-Nara trip in 8 days for our honeymoon. 1 day for Nara, 5 days to explore Osaka (incl Universal Studios and Minoo Park). Our IT is not set in stone yet, but having read your posts related to Kyoto, I feel like Kyoto should be 2 days if we want to do Fushimi Inari, Arashiyama Bamboo Groves, Tenryu-ji and a leisurely stroll around Gion in kimonos.

    Would you recommend staying the night in Kyoto instead of going back and forth from Osaka? I can’t tell if switching hotels with luggage is less of a hassle and less costly than having to travel ‘balikan’ to/from Osaka…

    Additionally, if we have a JR West pass, do we still need a Hankyu Tourist Pass? Appreciate your guidance.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Chenyl,

      I would definitely recommend staying longer in Kyoto if you have more time. I always spend at least 3 days in Kyoto because I love the vibe of the city.

      Actually this post is a bit outdated. We would recommend using Kansai Thru Pass instead. It covers Hankyu network too. We just haven’t found the time to update this post, but basically, Kansai Thru Pass will be more cost-efficient.

  10. Kimi says:

    Hi
    I will be going to Osaka 3 – 15 Nov 19. I intend to cover Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe during this trip but if my time allows & worth going, I would love to cover Nara too. I will be arriving in the morning around 9am on 3 Nov and I’m wondering where I should start exploring 1st – Osaka or Kyoto? Also I have heard about the different passes available but i’m still a bit confuse. If my itinerary covers these places – Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe & Nara, is Kansai Thru Pass sufficient? Or should I also get a JR pass ? Also I dont see many people talk about Kobe – is a day trip gd enough or should I at least spend 1 night there? Sorry, It’s my 1st trip to the Kansai area and there is so much to read. & check..I’m feeling a bit giddy already.. haha… Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Kimi, no need for JR Pass if you’re staying within Kansai region. A Kansai Thru Pass in combination with city passes are often enough. You just need to build your itinerary well.

      Since you have plenty of time, you can stay overnight in Kobe if you want. :)

  11. Vashtie Uy says:

    Hi! We’ll be travelling to Kansai region some time this month with Osaka as our base city. Our itinerary is as follows:
    Day 1 – Arrive Osaka
    Day 2 – Universal Studios Japan
    Day 3 – Osaka
    Day 4 – Osaka
    Day 5 – Kyoto
    Day 6 – Kyoto
    Day 7 – Kobe
    Day 8 – Nara park; flight back to Manila

    We already purchased the ICOCA IC Card and Osaka Amazing Pass; however, I’m still not sure which passes we should use, specifically for Days 5-7. I have read in some of your blog posts that you recommend buying separate passes (Hankyu and/or Hanshin w/ Rokkosan). But I think those are outdated since I have also seen in the comments that you think the Kansai Thru Pass would be cost-efficient. As of now, which passes should we use given our itinerary?

    Looking forward to your reply. Thanks!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Vashtie,

      Yung nirerecommend ko is depende talaga sa itinerary. If kunyari, Kobe lang, I would recommend just Hanshin Pass. Pero if may ibang cities involved, mas okay ang KTP.

      In your case, I recommend a combination of 3-day Kansai Thru Pass, Hanshin Pass, Hankyu Pass, and Osaka Amazing Pass.

      Day 1 – KTP (Day 1)
      Day 2 – No pass
      Day 3-4 – Osaka Amazing Pass
      Day 5 – Hankyu Pass — visit Kyoto attractions along Hankyu line
      Day 6 – KTP (Day 2) — visit other Kyoto attractions na wala sa Hankyu line
      Day 7 – Hanshin Pass
      Day 8 – KTP (Day 3)

      :)

      • Vashtie Uy says:

        Your reply is very much appreciated! Thank you so much. :)

  12. Ella says:

    Hi – thank you for all the information you’ve been sharing. Such a huge help esp to those who are going there for the first time :)

    Question! If Day 0 we’ll be arriving 8:00 PM at Osaka, Day 1 will be in Kyoto (We’ll use JR West Pass as I saw on your blog), Day 2 will be in Nara (Just Sarusawa-ike Pond, Kofuku-ji Temple, Nara Park), Day 3 USJ, Day 4 Osaka Castle then fly out at 3:00 PM. Which pass will you recommend to go around and for the airport transfers?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Ella,

      Don’t book the JR West Pass if you’re going to use it for Osaka-Kyoto only. For me, it only makes sense to use it for Kyoto if you’re airport-bound on the same day and you’re taking the Haruka train.

      Otherwise, get a cheaper pass for Kyoto like Hankyu Pass or Osaka-Kyoto Keihan Pass.

      Given your itinerary, other than the Kyoto day, it might be better to not use passes for other days. Just use ICOCA instead. I could be wrong but that’s what I would do.

      • Ella says:

        Hi Yoshke,

        Thank you so much for replying. After our Osaka-Kyoto-Nara, we’ll be flying to Sapporo then fly to Tokyo. One more question please, does this mean we’ll need ICOCA, Kitaca and Suica cards? There’s no card for all the destinations?

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Hi Ella, no, you need just one card. All of them works JR/subways with IC readers.

          You can use ICOCA in Hokkaido and Tokyo.

          Likewise, you can use SUICA in Kansai and Hokkaido.

  13. Rea Molina says:

    Will the hankyu and rokkosan pass cover my one day trip to kobe if I follow your itinerary for kobe (sake brewery museum+Mt.Rokko)?

  14. Michelle says:

    Hi Yoshke! Thank you for sharing the information. This is my IT
    Day 1: arrived at kansai airport (9 am) then strolling aroud osaka
    Day 2: strolling around osaka
    Day 3: shopping around namba/dotonburi
    Day 4: usj
    Day 5: kyoto (fushimi inari, gion, kiyomizudera)
    Day 6: kyoto (arashiyama) then nara (half days)

    My question;
    On day 1 and 2 im going to use osaka amazing pass 2 days. But this pass wont cover my trip from kansai. What pass should i use?
    Day 3 and 4 i will use icoca
    And can you suggest what pass should i take for day 5 and 6?

    Thank you very much

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Michelle,

      For Day 1, you can use Yokoso Osaka ticket instead. It covers the journey from airport to city center. You can also use it to explore Osaka.

      For Day 5-6, where is your hotel? Osaka or Kyoto? And will u be going back to the airport after Nara? What time is your flight?

      • Michelle says:

        Hi Yoshke,

        For transport from kansai, is it easier to take train or bus? And what kind of train/bus? My family will bring lots of luggages. I’m afraid if we take train, we cant have seat and need to carry the luggages

        For day 5-6 i will stay at osaka.
        Day 7 will go to tokyo by shinkansen in the morning (9 am)

        Thank you

        • Yoshke Dimen says:

          Re BUS vs TRAIN from airport, check the location of your hotel. If it’s closer to a Nankai Airport Express Station (Nankai Namba, etc) or JR KANSAI AIRPORT Rapid Line Station (Tennoji, Osaka St.), then okay lang ang train kasi direct and walang transfer along that line. Marami namang trains so if puno na ung isa, wait for the next para makaupo.

          If mas malapit sa OCAT or other bus stops, then bus.

          For Day 5, you can use Osaka-Kyoto Sightseeing Pass by Keihan.

          For Day 6, parang better if i-ICOCA mo na lang din.

  15. Andoy says:

    Hello,

    Will be visiting Osaka this coming October. Currently looking at the “Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe-Nara: 5 Days, 5 nights” itenerary. Ask ko lang sana if same pa din ba ang mga “Passes” na needed to maximize our tour.

    Thanks in Advance!

  16. Elena says:

    Hi. Visiting Osaka this November for 7 days and will try this – Osaka-Nara-Kobe-Kyoto_6_Days_5_nights
    Should we buy the passes now or on November na before going to Japan?
    It seems Rokko Snow Park is closed (opening late November) but is is till worth to go there? Can’t find other Kobe itinerary as details as yours. It is our first time in Japan (2 adults) Thanks.

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