I will be arriving in Narita around 1 PM and plan to take the train to Kyoto the same day. I understand that the best option is to take the Narita Express to Shinagawa and then take one of the fast trains to Kyoto.
I also need to return to Narita from Kyoto to catch a 3 PM flight a three days later
A few questions
1. Should I buy Japan Rail passes?
2. If I should buy passes, should I buy the passes in the USA?
3. Any recommendations for a hotel near the Kyoto train station? I heard that the train station is pretty central.
3. To catch a 3 PM flight from Narita, can I take a train from Kyoto the same morning or should I plan on coming in the night before and stay somewhere close to Shinagawa?
Thanks in advance. This is my first trip to the Far East, so I am a novice