I'm currently planning a short trip to Japan with three friends (all of us young adults) in April 2012. We are thinking to stay for 4 nights in Kyoto (before heading North to Tokyo) and having a day trip to Nara from there.
I currently see that I have a choice of 2 different train companies reaching Nara: JR and Kintetsu. I've seen that tickets with both companies have similar prices (690 vs 610 Yen one-way) and that travel times are similar (around 45-50 minutes).
Is one company recommended over the other for any practical reasons? I seem to understand that with Kintetsu we'd need a train change at some point (unless we use the limited express train, which is a lot more expensive), but I also see that the two companies use different stations at Nara, so I'm wondering wheher one is more convenient than the other for the sights in Nara, or if they are both walking distance from the sights.
Will we have to use any additional local transport in Nara (buses, etc.)?