Nov 13th, 2019, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by anjun View Post
The train has to go through Osaka anyway, I think from Kyoto to Nara or Hiroshima.
To/from Hiroshima is via Shin-Osaka, which is to the north of Osaka. To/from Nara, the train doesn’t go anywhere near Osaka.
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Nov 13th, 2019, 09:16 PM
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There is a JR rapid train from Osaka to Nara. It takes 50 minutes about 5 min longer than the rapid train from Kyoto to Nara.

Moving to Osaka for two nights makes sense to me especially at that point in the Kyoto part is over and Osaka is being used as a base for Nara and Hiroshima. You have dinner and maybe a few drinks a stroll in Osaka with no time pressure. You just taxi or short subway or whatever to your Osaka lodging. That is better, imo, than going to Osaka station, getting the Kyoto train, and then whatever transport to the Kyoto lodging and head out on another day trip the next day. OP's party gets to dine twice in Osaka, an interest of theirs, at leisure. And probably a break in lodging costs. Not much point in staying in Kyoto if you are visiting sites in other cities.

anjun, how are you going to do it? The problem with relocating is that you will have to move your luggage. So, going Kyoto- Hiroshima- Osaka for your first night in Osaka won't work. I suppose you could take your luggage to Osaka and then visit Nara, and then return to Osaka for the first night. Hiroshima the next day and returning to the Osaka lodging. Or just go from Kyoto to Osaka and stay there. Then Hiroshima / Nara on the next two days.

You could choose to drop Hiroshima or Nara. Traveling with a group of 12 to Hiroshima is more of a production. Nara is one train, straight shot.

And then, after two nights in Osaka where will you be spending the next night?

I will be on SQ11 tomorrow bound for NRT arriving Friday. Nine nights in six places.
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Nov 14th, 2019, 02:10 PM
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Have a great trip, mrwunrfl! Let us know if you discover any special hotels or towns!
I miss getting trip reports!
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Nov 14th, 2019, 02:12 PM
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"I will be on SQ11 tomorrow bound for NRT arriving Friday. Nine nights in six places."
Have a great trip, Mrwunrfl.
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If you do go from Kyoto-Nara-Osaka, you could use the luggage delivery service (Takuhaibin) to send your bags ahead. It's about $15 or $20/bag, and is normally next day delivery. You might be able to get same day from kyoto to Osaka. Your hotel can help with this. It's not quite as simple if you are not staying in hotels.

Or you can take your bags with you to Nara and store them in the lockers at the train station for about $5 per locker:

Most train stations have lockers in Japan. However, they are first come, first serve, so getting there early in the day is a good idea, especially with your big crowd.

One important note if you are going to arrive in Osaka in the evening:
many hotels near the river are on streets where the pedestrians rule the road. We had to hail about 4 taxis before we got one to agree to get us close to, but not at our hotel. Ask your hotel when you book it.
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Nov 16th, 2019, 10:54 AM
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Mrrunfl, have a great trip, thank you for all the advise. We are planing to go to Tokyo for 4 days then return to US. I think we may skip Hiroshima and stick with Nara. I will have to ask our lodging if we can keep our luggage there. So then we would have to go to Osaka first, drop luggage and then head out to Nara. If not, then would the train station in Osaka have a larger luggage storage area then Nara?
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Nov 16th, 2019, 11:18 AM
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For information on luggage forwarding and luggage storage (including both manned desks at train stations and lockers), see
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Nov 17th, 2019, 07:51 AM
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Thank you I really appreciate all the wonderful information and advise.
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