First time in Japan
I'll be traveling to Japan for the first time in April/May. I've come to the conclusion that I don't really need a rail pass for the bullet train since i'll be traveling by car for my first week [Osaka & Kyoto]. As for my second week, I'll be in Tokyo, but I was wondering do I still need to buy tickets in advance to use the local trains? I'll also be in Japan from 4/28-5/9, if anyone wants to meet up and explore. I'll be with friends, but it'll nice to meet other travelers as well.