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Osaka - Kyoto - Tokyo in 7 days

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1. Posted by Linger (Full Member 59 posts) 11y

Hi there,

My husband and I will be in Japan for a week and we'll be spending a night in Osaka, followed by 4 nights in Kyoto and 2 nights (we've only 1.5 full days) in Tokyo.

So my question is, what's the must-see sights in Tokyo with the limited time that we've got? (bearing in mind we've probably would have visited quite a lot of castles, temples in Kyoto and Nara) Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

I have checked the listings for accomodation on the website and done some research on the web for ryokans in Japan. Are there any personal recommendations for cheap and cheerful ryokan in Kyoto/Osaka/Tokyo?

Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by Twinkle (Respected Member 1112 posts) 11y

You must stay in the Toukaisou Ryokan in Tokyo...its in the Tawaramachi area up a quiet side street, right by a metro station, lots to see in the area. It was very cheap, but far the cheapest place we found that suited our needs...its clean, the people are so hospitable and I was very impressed.....Asakusa is amazing, about a 10 minute walk from this Ryokan, its a collection of temples and statues and also near to an incredible indoor market!!!For the whole bright lights of Tokyo visit Shinjuku by night, its pretty spectacular!!!For the crazier side I loved Harajuku...I think whether you are wanting to shop or not, its a fun side of Japan to look at!!!Lots of bright colours, teenagers with super quirky fashion sense!!!
Kyoto is incredible also, beautiful temples and gardens to see!We stayed in K's House Kyoto there which is typically a backpackers place but there was a lot of people with families staying there whilst we were there. We ended up getting a private room there which was reasonably priced and to be honest it was more like a little hotel room...the place is very modern, good location and very clean!

3. Posted by Linger (Full Member 59 posts) 11y

Thanks for the information Twinkle.

Another question - I'm thinking of getting the JR Pass but am not too sure.

Would the JR Pass be able to cover the following places?
Kansai Airport - Osaka - Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto - Tokyo - Narita Airport.

I assume this JR Pass cannot be used for the subways in Tokyo. But it should be able to get me to major places in Tokyo ie. Shinjuku, Shibuya?

Thanks in advance.

4. Posted by AgGrrrl (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Wow, you almost have the same itinerary as my boyfriend and me, who will be leaving for Japan on March 13. We'll be staying in Osaka for 1 night, then on to Tokyo for 4 nights, and then on to Kyoto for the last 2 nights.

We were able to find accomodations at the Hotel Raizan South, the JGH Tokyo and the Eki-mae, and they were all under $25/person/night. Of course, I haven't stayed at any of them yet, but so far they have all been very good about answering my inquiries via e-mail. Only the JGH offers free breakfasts. All 3 were booked through this site, under Budget Accomodations.

We are definatly getting the Japan Rail Pass. If you want to see routes for the JR Lines, you can go to

or just Those are the official sites for the Japan Rail.

Have a great trip!


5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Would the JR Pass be able to cover the following places?
Kansai Airport - Osaka - Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto - Tokyo - Narita Airport.

Yes it would, and it will get you around the Yamanote loop line in Tokyo, which includes many of the major centres such as Tokyo Central, Ueno, Shinjuku, Shibuya etc

There are two lines between Nara and Kyoto, with the more convenicent being the private Kintetsu line, although this isn't covered by the JR pass. There is a JR line as well though, which is covered.

6. Posted by iyah_lujil (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y
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