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Questions re use of Japan Rail Pass and Kyoto itinerary

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We are leaving for our Japan in 10days and I have 2 questions.

!- When using the Rail Pass, if I have a reserved seat on a train and I miss that train, can I board the next train to my destination (not Nozomi) without a reserved seat, and are the cars that have unreserved seats marked as such, or are they always the first five cars.

2-We have 3 full days in Kyoto and I'd like to know if this itinerary makes sense time wise. We saw the "A list temples" on our first trip, and I'd like to see some lesser visited and less crowded ones on this trip.

Day1- Train to Tofukuji. Train to Nanzen -ji. Visit Konch-in. Walk through Hagashyama and Gion district.

Day 2-Taxi or bus to Ninna-ji. Tram to Arashyama. Visit the villa and Daikoku-ji or another temple.

Day 3- Uji. Or any other suggestion for a less crowded temple or garden in Kyoto. If we had time I'd like to visit the temples in Nara that are not in Nara Park (Been there), but I think that would really be pushing it, timewise if we combined those temples with Uji.

Also, is it worth spending time going to the Imperial Palace Park in Kyoto. I read that you no longer need to make reservations to go there, but the guidebooks don't give it great reviews. Anyone been there?

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

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