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Where in Osaka from Nara?

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Where in Osaka from Nara?

As folks on this forum suggested, we are going to stop and have dinner in Osaka after we spend a day in Nara (and before we come back to Kyoto, our home base). At which station or area do you recommend that we get off (we will have JR pass)? I happen to like Takoyaki a lot and Osaka is well-known for Takoyaki. Can you recommend a good Takoyaki place we can have for a snack?

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1. Re: Where in Osaka from Nara?

JR train from Nara stops at Tennoji station, runs clockwise on the Loop line to JR Osaka.

You can catch direct train to Kyoto at Tennoji and Osaka stations.

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2. Re: Where in Osaka from Nara?

The place to be in Osaka is probably Namba and Shinsaibashi and Dotombori between them.

JR fares bad in competition between Nara and Osaka against the Kintetsu Railway which links Kintetsu Nara (in a more central location) and Osaka Namba (at the heart of the city) with the straight line crossing a mountain by a tunnel whereas the JR line built in the age of steam diverts the mountain.

If you still want to take the JR instead of Kintetsu, you can take it to Tennoji Station in Osaka and change there for a train to JR Namba (infrequent and arrives at the western end of Namba area) or Osaka City Subway to get to Namba or Shinsaibashi. I recommend the latter: if with JR Pass, take the Subway Midosuji Line from Tennoji and get off at Namba; walk around Namba Kagetsu comedy theater (Google Map search) and find Wakana, the most popular takoyaki place, or walk the Ebisubashi-suji and Shinsaibashi-suji arcade across the Dotombori to Shinsaibashi (check also Google Map).

Edited: 06 April 2014, 14:57
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3. Re: Where in Osaka from Nara?

For areas around Namba, Dotombori, and Shinsaibashi, you might check page 2 of the JNTO leaflet:

https:/…pg-505.pdf

Osaka Subway Map: www.jrpass.com/images/map/map_osaka_metro.pdf

Edited: 06 April 2014, 15:01
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4. Re: Where in Osaka from Nara?

Takoyaki Wakana Sennichimae Head Shop (near Namba Grand Kagetsu):

translate.google.com/translate…

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5. Re: Where in Osaka from Nara?

So if we take Kintetsu instead of JR, do we not need to take subway to get to the areas in Osaka you mentioned?

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6. Re: Where in Osaka from Nara?

I guess Yobee was not careful enough to read you have JR Pass. Your trip from Nara to Osaka can be free of charge with JR Pass, not free by Kintetsu.

After 4PM, direct JR Rapid train runs from JR Nara to JR Namba, 3 service per hour untill 8PM.

One downside is it is not straight-forward to get back from Namba area to Kyoto with JR Pass. or you need additional cost(around 300yen PP) to make it straight-forward.

Edited: 07 April 2014, 14:09
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7. Re: Where in Osaka from Nara?

"After 4PM, direct JR Rapid train runs from JR Nara to JR Namba, 3 service per hour untill 8PM."

Does this mean that they don't run before 4PM from JR Nara to JR Namba? Is JR Namba close to the cenral Osaka?

"One downside is it is not straight-forward to get back from Namba area to Kyoto with JR Pass. or you need additional cost(around 300yen PP) to make it straight-forward."

Can you tell us more about how we can go back to Kyoto? We prefer the straight-forward way.

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8. Re: Where in Osaka from Nara?

Osaka has multiple downtowns, no single center, Namba and JR Osaka station area are among them.

They dont. You need to change trains at JR Tennoji station, from JR Nara to JR Namba, before 4AM, fully covered with JR Pass.

From Namba-Shinsaibashi-Dotonbori area, ride Osaka subway Red line to Shin-Osaka station. This is around 300yen. You can catch nonstop Shinkansen to Kyoto, fully coverd with JR Pass.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid%C5%8Dsuji_Line

Edited: 07 April 2014, 14:42
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9. Re: Where in Osaka from Nara?

OK. We will try to take a JR in Nara after 4PM and come back to Kyoto the way you suggested. Thank you very much.

Edited: 07 April 2014, 14:47
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