u can get 1-day Osaka pass which includes trains and discounts for some attractions. and also 1-day bus pass for getting ard Kyoto.
if u are planning to travel to Himeji, u shld get the JR Kansai area pass.
staying in 1 place is ok because the places u are going are all quite near. it is only 30min from Osaka to Kyoto, and 50min from Osaka to Nara. avoid the time and hassle of changing hotels.
I intend to take shinkansen Nozomi from Nagoya to Shin-Osaka before switching to a short ride to Osaka station where by hotel is. (not buying Kintetsu pass because it's slower and further)
When I search for Nagoya to Osaka on hyperdia, it shows a total base fare of 3350yen + addition of 3210yen (reserved seat) for the shinkansen ride from Nagoya to Shin-Osaka plus a subsequent JR local train ride to Osaka from Shin-Osaka.
When I search for Nagoya to Shin-Osaka, it shows the same fare?
Does this mean that my JR local train ride is going to be free? When I buy the shinkansen tickets from the counter, should I tell them my destination is Shin-Osaka or Osaka then?
For shinkansen purposes, you can use the shinkansen ticket to exit in any station in Osaka city. It is the same thing in Tokyo where the shinkansen ticket allows you to exit anywhere along the yamanote line. These are known as specific city zones where fares are calculated from the main station.
u probably can have more days for Kyoto. but tt is provided u are into temples and shrines. good thing is that u are staying throughout in Osaka, so u have the flexibility to change ur plan and decide which place u want to spend more time while u are there.
for short hike, the most accessible one is probably the fushimi inari one where u hike through the countless torii gates up the small hill and ending in tofukuji one station away
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