Thank you so much for the detailed reply. Very helpful! Do you think it is pretty easy to use the other rail lines or do you think the JR lines the easier way to travel from city to city and within cities? I am currently deciding whether I should be purchasing the JR rail pass, on the other hand I could just pay the fare to take the JR train from city to city if it is more convenient. Thanks, Stacey
I will be in Kyoto from Dec 26th to Dec 31st and was thinking of getting the Kansai thru pass to travel between Kyoto, Osaka and Nara. I will be coming in by train from Tokyo and would like to know the best place to purchase this pass, I will be staying near Kyoto Station. Is this pass useful for getting from city to city, as well as seeing sites within each city?