About Osaka - Kyoto - Tokyo Itinerary
It was my second visit to Japan on 9 March - 16 March 2016. My first visit to japan in 2015 after my wedding to Hokkaido where I joined the tour with family and relatives. I decided to explore Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara in 2016 free and easy. So I plan the whole trip by myself. Due to some misfortune, my itinerary was disrupted and i gave Nara a miss in this trip.
Osaka : Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium, Universal Studio, Tenpozan Market Place & Ferris Wheel, Kuromon Ichiba Market, Dotonri, Eat King Crab, Octopus ball, Shinsaibashisuji Shotengai
Kyoto: Fushimi Inari Shrine, Arashiyama-Sagano the bamboo forest, Nishiki market
Nara: Nara park to see roaming deer, Kofukuji Temple, Todaiji Temple
Toyko: Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, Mt Fuji, Gotemba Outlet, Tokyo tower, Disneyland, Disneysea, Tsksuji Market, Asakusa, Ueno
Below is the Metro Map
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What to buy before the trip and should buy for JR Pass
Air tickets: SGD $ 387.24
Insurance: SGD $31.75
JR Pass: SGD $350
Sim Card: SGD $40
I am someone who is not willing to spend much on air tickets, thus I am always looking out for promo fares. Reason because I feel that the number of hours spend on flight is not comfortable for me spend more and I rather save on flights and spend on accommodation or food for my trip.
I always check flight tickets from MISA Travel, and I manage to buy my air tickets to Toyko via Delta Airline for $387.24 per pax. Bought my travel insurance with Explorer Travel Insurance for $31.75. JR pass i bought online and they send via EMS, note, i was charge with CCY fee by my ocbc card. Due to merchant is oversea. As for sim card i bought it online and collect myself.
*Please note MISA Travel has ceased its operation since May. It is pretty sudden for their shutdown. Just remember to receive your tickets on the same day after you make payment else i will suggest not to buy from merchant which dont release tickets upon payment.
When you are traveling around Japan, you may wonder if it is valuable to buy the JR pass. Well, my recommendation is, if you are traveling of more than 3 trips via the shinkansen you may consider JR pass. And if you bought JR pass, just try to take JR lines to fully utilize the JR pass.
How to use the JR Pass? Simply just flash the pass at the corner of the ticketing service room and they will let you pass. They are located at either ends of the gates.
Accomodation In Osaka
Accommodation: Hearton Hotel Nishi Umeda
Cost: SGD 326.52 per pax for 3 nights
Address: 530-001, Osaka, Kita-ku Umeda
Power Plug: 2 Flat pin
Currency rate: 1 SGD : 83 Yen
Nearest Station: Osaka / Umeda
Check in : 2.00pm
Check out: 12.00pm
Cherry blossom season late April to May.
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I booked through booking.com for my hotel stay. Hotel in Japan is expensive and the size is pretty small.
Day 1 9 March 2016
The flight from Singapore to Tokyo takes 7 hours and we arrive at Narita Terminal 1. First thing to do is to exchange for JR pass at JR EAST Travel Service Center, simply Q and filled up the particulars and they will issue you the JR Pass.
We head down to Osaka after arrived tokyo is about 3pm local time. We took JR for Narita Express to Shinagawa and transfer to take shinkansen to Shin-Osaka. Upon arrival Shin Osaka, our hotel locate near Osaka station which is one station away thus we took JR train.
Tips: Travelling around japan you can check your route before hand through hyperdia. It gives you the train schedule and the suitable route for your travel, it also tell you which train and at which track no to board the train. In Japan, their train are on time.
The whole ride from Narita to arrival of our hotel took us almost 4 hours to arrive. Recommend not to travel like us, my butt and back aches after long hours of sitting. And worst it was on my birthday! I should have plan one day earlier before my birthday so i wont get so tired of traveling. The train in Japan are comfortable though, but travel for 11 hours Shag!
We had simple ramen dinner nearby.