transportation system in osaka, kyoto, nara

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Mari Takahashi Mari Takahashi, Living in Japan

Answered almost 5 years ago

There are various transportations in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara since they are rather city area. Those three cities are actually close for instance between Osaka and Nara, Osaka and Kyoto are both only 30 min by JR Kaisoku (express) train. Also between Kyoto and Osaka is about 50 min by train. If you want to go around sightseeing spots, sightseeing busses are running all year around.
I have heard that to go around Kyoto, public busses are rather cheaper since it allows you 1 day free ride ticket for just 500 yen (for adults). 

If you are planning to go around lots of places, buying 2 days or 3 days free ride tickets through Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo, Wakayama, and Shiga called "Kansai Thru Pass" is also an option. This ticket allows you to ride most of trains, subways, and busses, and adding to that you can also get discounts from 350 (!) major tourist attractions. Thinking of buying tickets each time, this pass may be convenient. Just note that you can't use this pass for JR trains, which won't be a big problem, other railways included in this free pass are enough to go around major sightseeing spots.
Enjoy your travel to Kansai!