We are arriving at KIX on a Tuesday noon going to Kyoto to use as our base until Friday morning. We will be sight seeing in Kyoto and possibly Nara during these 2 1/2 days. Using the bus may be our best mode of transport for this? Then Friday morning we want to go to Kinosaki Onsen to spend the day and night. Saturday we have to return to Osaka Itami Airport for our 2:30pm flight to Narita and back home to USA. For the train transport, I've looked at JR West Pass which doesn't cover the trip north and the Kansai Pass which excludes JR. Does someone have suggestions for this itinerary and point me in the right direction. Maybe this itinerary doesn't fit with rail passes? Thank you.