Direct access to Shin Osaka, Kyoto from Kansai airport, Kansai Airport Limited Express “Haruka”


Limited Express Haruka connects Kansai airport and Kyoto via Tennoji and Shin-Osaka.
Limited Express Haruka connects Kansai airport and Kyoto via Tennoji and Shin-Osaka.

Kansai Airport Limited Express Haruka may be your first train in Japan. It is operated between Kansai (Osaka) airport and Greater Osaka area, Kyoto, Kusatsu and Maibara. But please be careful that Haruka does not stop at Osaka station. It stop at Tennoji and Shin-Osaka. If you want to go to Osaka station, you have to transfer to the local train at Shin-Osaka. This express train has 30 round trips a day and are operated mostly every 30 minutes.

After you arrive Kansai airport, you can exchange your Japan Rail Pass and take this train to Osaka. Japan Rail Pass cover fully this train. Haruka takes you to Shin-Osaka station for about 1 hour. It is fast and convenient. But this train does not take you to Osaka station and does not drop you off at the door of Hotel either. We have an Airport limousine bus to many place in Greater Osaka and Hi-speed ferry service to Kobe. So if you go to Greater Osaka area, I recommend you to take other transportation.

And also if you stay several days in downtown Osaka, please think about saving your rail pass days. Please refer this tips.

Route and stations

Kansai Airport(関西空港) x
Hineno(日根野) *
Izumi-Fuchu(和泉府中) *
Tennoji(天王寺) x
Shin-Osaka(新大阪) x
Kyoto(京都) x
Yamashina(山科) x
Otsu(大津) x
Ishiyama(石山) x
Kusatsu(草津) x
Moriyama(守山) x
Yasu(野洲) x
Oumi-Hachiman(近江八幡) x
Hikone(彦根) x
Maibara(米原) x

x:All train stop *:some train stop

If you are looking for the timetable of Haruka, you can find it at the bottom of JR West website.


View Haruka (Kansai Airport Express) in a larger map

Special tickets and passes for Haruka

Japan Rail Pass cover this train. But if you think about purchasing single ticket, think about “JR West Kansai Area Pass” or “ICOCA and Haruka”.

JR West Kansai Area Pass

This pass is originally designed for unlimited ride in Kansai area. But you can use one day pass to get on Haruka only. The price of one day pass is 2,000 yen. You can purchase at Kansai airport station on the spot. This is cheaper than single ticket (basic fare + limited express surcharge = 2,470 yen) from Kansai airport to Shin-Osaka. If you go to Shin-Osaka and beyond, you will get much greater deal. Please see JR West site to get the details.

ICOCA and Haruka

If you take some local trains after arrival by Haruka, this special combination ticket gives you the best deal. Especially round trip type is cheaper than round trip by Haruka between Kansai airport and Shin-Osaka. Please see the post, ICOCA and Haruka ticket. Very flexible and good deal for tourist who stay in Kansai to get the details.

Accommodation

JR West 281 series is used for Haruka. This train was introduced at the same time of Kansai airport opened in 1994.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations below.

Green seat

The seat configuration is 2+1. It is a big seat, but the head rest is so small.
Images
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Ordinary seat

The seat configuration is 2+2. The table is so small. It cannot be used for eating, drinking and using a laptop.
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Washroom and other facilities

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Haruka has some luggage storage. But it does not have any lock and security.
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Haruka train information

1 2 3 4 5 6
G R R R NR NR

Some trains are operated by 9 cars formation.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
G R R R NR NR R R R

*G=Green seat R=Reserved seat NR=Non reserved seat

153 thoughts on “Direct access to Shin Osaka, Kyoto from Kansai airport, Kansai Airport Limited Express “Haruka””

  1. Hi Takeshi -san
    I will buy icoca&haruka card for go to Kyoto.
    I want to know about the seat that I buy,
    because it’s have green seat and ordinary seat right? What type of seat that I can set?
    And how different about green seat and ordinary seat?

    1. Hi Faibenya san,

      This deal gives you non reserved ordinary seat only. Green seat is like a business class seat. It’s not covered by this deal. And also there are non reserved ordinary and reserved ordinary. The seat is completely same but your seat is not secured. The seat is first come first served. But usually it’s easy to get a seat. I have taken this train a few time. I have never seen all seats are full.

      You can see the images of seat in the post above.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  2. Hello,

    My family and I are planning to go to Japan. I will arrive at Kansai Airport on 3rd of August, 22:40. We’re booking a hostel in Tennnoji. Could you please recommend us how to get there from the airport at that time.

    Thank you.

  3. Hi Takeshi -san,

    I will be going to Osaka on 21 Aug 2015.

    Can I buy the 1-Day Kansai Area Pass (JPY2,300), and take the Haruka Express from Kansai Airport to Shin-Osaka, and then Ltd Exp Thunderbird from Shin-Osaka to Tsuruga. Then I purchase the JR Hokuriku Area Pass 4-day (JPY 5,000) for Tsuruga to Kanazawa by Ltd Exp Thunderbird.

    Please advise. Thank you.

    Al

    1. Hi Al san,

      Unfortunately Kansai Area Pass does not cover Thunderbird. It covers only Haruka and other NON express trains, such as Special Rapid, Rapid and local trains. If you use these passes, you have to take Special Rapid to get Tsuruga instead of Thunderbird. Once you get Tsuruga, you can take Thunderbird.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

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