The main cost will be Kyoto Tokyo and back. With reserved seats the cost is roughly the same as a 7 day rail pass, but on some trains there are carriages for non-reserved seats which makes the ticket cheaper.
Take the overnight bus. You save on train fare AND hotel.
bibimbob's way is the cheapest by far.
Willer Express Bus pass is also worth consideration.
Yes, I had searched thru the Willer Express Bus pass and it offers a good price to travel long distance to Tokyo and back. But I doubt I have the convenience in sleeping in a moving vehicle at night. And I don't have the convenience of washing myself in hostels and enjoy early morning breakfast in a warm place. It will be too early to move around as the bus will arrived at the destination at the vie of daylight.
The JR Rail pass has a limited passage which meant only for long distance traveling isn't it and not useable in subways. That means I have to purchase day ticket for moving around Tokyo or Osaka.
Within Osaka, JR Pass doesn't offer much value since subway lines get you to more places than trains. Within Tokyo, both JR and subways have extensive netoworks. Whether the pass pays off depends on your entire itinerary down to the day and exact places you will go to beyond Tokyo and Osaka.
Thanks Sammy and all. It really helps me to budget my way to these big cities. Ain't cheap in Japan but hope it pays for a good trip there.
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