Hi! My family and I (4 of us) will be travelling to Kyoto and Osaka end of Jan 2013. It will be our first visit. Taking into account that it's winter and hence we will have shorter daylight, I've come up with the following itinerary, feel free to comment and suggest on how to better improve the itinerary.
Day 1 (Wed) - arrive Kyoto from Kansai International Airport, around noon
Appreciate suggestions on what we can do for the afternoon/ evening. We will be staying near JR Kyoto station. Would like to do something relaxing and does not cost much. Is it true that Nishiki market is close on Wed?
Day 2 (Thurs) - Kyoto: Kinkakuji in the morning. Then visit Nishiki market for lunch and then take bus to Kiyomizudera and walk back to Gion (not sure which bus from Kinkakuji to Nishiki market and then from Nishiki market to Kiyomizudera)
Day 3 (Fri) - Kyoto: Fushimi Inari or Arashiyama (which would be a better choice, given that we are visiting during winter) and then travel to Osaka early afternoon. Will be staying at Shinsaibashi.
Day 4 (Sat) - Osaka: Osaka castle and shopping arcades (spoilt for choices but would like to visit one where we can buy things that are not too pricey - have pretty tight budget)
Day 5 (Sun) - day trip to Arima Onsen
Day 6 (Mon) - half day in Osaka before travelling back home.
Since the day would be short during winter, do you have any suggestions of what to do at night?
I'm thinking of getting day transport passes while we are in Kyoto and Osaka (Day2 and 4). Would this be wise/cheaper than we were to take taxi, given there are 4 of us travelling together? For trains, I plan to get one way tickets or is there any passes that allows me to visit Fushimi Inari/Arashiyama and then to Osaka on the same day?
While in Osaka, do you have any other suggestions of what to do, besides the visiting the castle and shopping arcades? I'll give the aquarium a miss this time.
Also, any good food to recommend that wouldn't burn a hole in our pocket?
Thanks in advance and Merry Christmas!