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Osaka - Kyoto/Nagoya - Tokyo

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Osaka - Kyoto/Nagoya - Tokyo

Hi all, i would like to seek for some helps on the upcoming trip to Japan.

We will be landing on Osaka and fly back from Haneda in May for around 7 nights in together. Planned to stay maybe 2 days in each Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo respectively. Apreciate if someone can advice on the transport to each place. I understand that JRPass can accommodate the trip but the price for 7 days are on high side. Hope to find some other ways in a cheaper way.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Osaka - Kyoto/Nagoya - Tokyo

A JR Pass won't pay off in your case. Just buy single JR tickets.

Nagoya isn't the most exciting spot for visitors on short trips. Your 7 nights would be better spent divided roughly evenly between Osaka/Kyoto and Tokyo area and go on a day trip or two.

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2. Re: Osaka - Kyoto/Nagoya - Tokyo

You can travel with normal fare with the aid of Haruka & ICOCA for Osaka, Kyoto, and Nara (the three major places of tourism in the Kansai Region). Between Kyoto/Osaka and Nagoya, and Nagoya-Tokyo, you may take the Shinkansen on normal fare, which will be cheaper of course by normal fare ticket. Calculations can be done using Hyperdia and Jorudan. You can take a night bus if you want to cut costs further in half.

You might or might not consider Kintetsu Pass (or its WIDE version) for travels between Osaka/Kyoto-Nara, Osaka/Kyoto-Nagoya (with perhaps a detour to Ise Shrine & Okage Yokocho, Toba or Kashikojima, Nagashima Onsen, Yoshina for sakura in April, etc).

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3. Re: Osaka - Kyoto/Nagoya - Tokyo

Although Nagoya isn't exciting for tourists as Kyoto/Nara, it has some things to see and do, like reconstruct Nagoya Castle, Atsuta Shrine, Osu and Sakae shopping area, the Tokugawa Museum for medieval art in central area of Nagoya City; it has Inuyama Castle and Meiji Mura open-air park (for buildings of early modern days of Japan), Nagashima Onsen Spa Land, Toyota Museum, and SC MagLev Railway Museum in the suburbs. Magome and Tsumago old towns of Kiso Valley are about 1.5-2 hours away from Nagoya.

Edited: 03 March 2014, 06:37
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4. Re: Osaka - Kyoto/Nagoya - Tokyo

Many thanks for the bros/sis, your suggestions are clearly benefit to our case.

I was recommended by friends (with our research too) on the following route:

1. Osaka (stay 2 nights) with return tour to Kyoto (Kintetsu Rail Pass which valid for 5 days) (Yen 3700)

2. Kyoto to Nagoya (Kintetsu Rail Pass which valid for 5 days)

3. Nagoya stay for 1 night

4. Nagoya to Tokyo by Willer Express Highway Bus ( Nagoya 0820 - 1320 Tokyo) (Yen 2880)

5. Tokyo stay for 3 nights then home

Is my above arrangement idea? First time to Japan so hope to cover some places with convenience.

Thanks.

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5. Re: Osaka - Kyoto/Nagoya - Tokyo

Appreciate if any kind folks can help on the above. Also, any suggest itenenary for Osake/Kyoto/Naoya? We may spent 2 nights in Osaka and 1 night in Nagoya before the next moring bus to Tokyo.

Thanks.

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6. Re: Osaka - Kyoto/Nagoya - Tokyo

Why do you want to visit Nagoya? Kyoto/Osaka and Tokyo has much more to offer visitors IMO, and with such a short trip I would focus on those two city areas, and instead spend a night somewhere more rural to get a break from cities and see a different side of Japan. Takayama, Izu peninsula, Hakone or Fuji five lakes area come into mind.

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7. Re: Osaka - Kyoto/Nagoya - Tokyo

Thanks for replies.

The reason why we will spend a night in Osaka is because we might be taking the Willer Bus from Nagoya to Tokyo in the morning. We have checked and the fare for Sinkansen from Nagoya to Tokyo (one way) is around 10580 yen while bus fare only cost 4580 yen. Will visit some interesting places in Nagoya while depart to Tokyo the next day. Any other alternative transport or discounted Sinkansen fare to introduce?

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8. Re: Osaka - Kyoto/Nagoya - Tokyo

A couple of thoughts:

1. The Willer bus is likely to be the price leader on your trip to Tokyo. But you can take that bus from Osaka. They have day and overnight buses. Sample schedule:

travel.willer.co.jp/dy/3/bus/pc/binList/…

Economy buses with 4 seats across, to VIP buses with 3 across, steep reclines, etc:

willerexpress.com/x/…index.php

Unless you want to visit Nagoya for whatever reason (e.g. a photo to carry on visits to Batam?), it's not necessary to go there as a transfer point between Osaka-Kyoto-Nara and Tokyo. Buses and trains just pass through..

2. If you spend 2-4 days in Osaka-Kyoto-Nara, you may do best not getting a rail pass for Kansai - but just getting an ICOCA (local EZ-Link) card for convenience or just paying cash for each local train/subway ticket. Any left-over value on the ICOCA could be used on your remaining days in Tokyo (but check details). A pass may save you money, but you would then have to go into "marathon" mode and do lots of long trips to make the pass pay off in value.

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9. Re: Osaka - Kyoto/Nagoya - Tokyo

Thanks for information. Is it advisable to book the Willer bus ticket earlier (e.g. 2 months ahead)? Worry that the bus ticket may sold out. Is there any other cheaper way to get a Tokaido Senkansen from Nagoya to Tokyo?

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10. Re: Osaka - Kyoto/Nagoya - Tokyo

You can use the Puratto Kodama deal. You have to travel by Kodama, the slowest type of shinkansen so travel from Nagoya to Tokyo will be around 2 hrs 45 min (still much faster than bus!), tickets cost 7,900 yen. Buy it a few days in advance from a JR tokai tours office.

You can read more abt it here: translate.google.se/translate…

This blog post also has some info: nihonshock.com/2010/…