We are trying to fly from Bangkok to Osaka, rather than Narita, for convenience to Kyoto and also flying from Osaka back to the states. Does that make sense? We will be spending 3-4 days in Koyoto and Nara in mid November. Would you suggest using Kyoto as the base and do a day trip to Nara or spend 1 night in Nara on the way back to KIX airport?
We see some very nice ryokans, but they don't speak english and don't offer meals. Is that a huge challenge or can that just be part of the experience? Thank you.