How to choose the best train pass for sightseeing in Kyoto

Kiyomizu-dera temple is one of most popular temple in Kyoto Higashiyama area. (C) Sue Ann Simon / JNTO
Kiyomizu-dera temple is one of most popular temple in Kyoto Higashiyama area. (C) Sue Ann Simon / JNTO

There are several deals for sightseeing in Kyoto. I would like to show you the deals for the tourist who stays in Kyoto and want to visit the places there. I believe you will find most suitable for your trip.

By the way, if you intend to have a day trip to Kyoto from other cities, such as day trip to Kyoto from Osaka, from Kobe, Kansai thru pass and other deals are available. Please find the detailed information about the deal that covers Kyoto and other cities in the link below:

How to choose discount railway ticket and pass in Kansai (Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara) area

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

Kyoto City Bus & Kyoto Bus One-Day Pass

Kyoto city bus
Kyoto city bus
  • Price – Adult:500 yen / Child:250 yen
  • Coverage – Kyoto city bus and Kyoto bus in allocated area
  • Valid period – one day (midnight to midnight)

This pass is most affordable deal in Kyoto. It covers the bus lines in most part of city of Kyoto. It does not cover any train and subway lines. Please see the link below to find the bus route map. You will find the allocated area.

Kyoto city bus route map

Single fare of bus ride is 230 yen. If you make three trips by bus, it is paid off. It is quite easy and this deal is so reasonable.

However the traffic in Kyoto is heavy and Kyoto is very popular city. Bus is sometimes stuck by traffic and is behind the schedule. Especially when Kyoto hold an event or festival, bus is very crowded. If you want to visit many places in one day and have very tight schedule, I recommend you to take train as much as you can. Train is much faster and much more reliable.

Kyoto Sightseeing One and Two-day Pass Card

Kyoto station platform (C) もんじゃ (own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Kyoto station platform (C) もんじゃ (own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
  • Price of one day pass – Adult:1,200 yen / Child:600 yen
  • Price of two days pass – Adult:2,000 yen / Child:1,000 yen
  • Coverage – All Kyoto subway lines, Kyoto city bus and Kyoto bus in allocated area
  • Valid period – one day (midnight to midnight) or two consecutive days

This deal covers both bus and subway in Kyoto. The price is more than double of Kyoto city bus pass. But subway lines run from west to east and from south to north. This deal gives you more convenience than Kyoto city bus pass and gives you more smooth movement.

If you pay a single fare, it costs 210 to 340 yen to take the subway and 230 yen to take the bus. So if you take a bus or subway more than 5 times a day, this pass is worth the price. Even if you are not sure how many times you make trips in one day, I recommend you to purchase this pass. It is not such a bad deal. You will get more convenient and save your time to calculate the fare at the station.

Please see the links below to find the subway route map and all trains system map in Kyoto.

Kyoto subway route map
Guide to take trains in Kyoto. How to choose the best route by train to get the major spots?

Kyoto City Subway One-day Pass

  • Price – Adult:600 yen / Child:300 yen
  • Coverage – All Kyoto subway lines
  • Valid period – one day (midnight to midnight)

This deal covers only subway lines in Kyoto. The price is cheaper than Kyoto sightseeing card. However the coverage is very limited. You cannot visit many places in Kyoto by subway only. This pass is not very useful in my opinion.

Please see the links below to find the subway route map and all trains system map in Kyoto.

Kyoto subway route map
Guide to take trains in Kyoto. How to choose the best route by train to get the major spots?

ICOCA, Pitata and other IC cards

ICOCA is most popular IC card in Kansai area. (C) タンジェント (own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
ICOCA is most popular IC card in Kansai area. (C) タンジェント (own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

You may use these cards to take any trains and buses in Kyoto. You can use even other area’s card, such as Suica, Pasmo too. These cards give you convenience. You can avoid to purchase a ticket whenever you make a train trip. You can take any kinds of trains, such as JR, subway and Non JR trains. However these cards do not give you any discount and unlimited travel.

If you meet these following things, IC card is your choice.

1. You intend to visit a few places in a day.
2. You need to take several kinds of trains and buses, like subway, Hankyu, Keihan, JR.
3. You cannot fix your plan and want to have some flexibility.

If you visit three places in bus coverage area, you may need to take a bus at least 4 times. It costs around 800 yen that is much more than Kyoto City Bus & Kyoto Bus One-Day Pass.

Kansai One Pass

This is same type of card as ICOCA. You can use this pass by same way as ICOCA. But this card is designed for overseas tourist. Preload amount is 2,500 yen (plus 500 yen deposit and sold at 3,000 yen) and you can get discount at many attractions. ICOCA is sold at any JR stations throughout Kansai area. But Kansai One Pass is sold in the designated stations only. Please see the link below to find the detailed information at official site.

Kansai One Pass official site

For traveler who visit Osaka and other cities in same day

As I mentioned at the top of this article, there are some deals available, such as Kansai Thru Pass. But if you move other city after sightseeing in Osaka, Kansai Thru Pass and other deals may not be suitable.

e.g.
Sightseeing in Kyoto, move to Osaka and stay (no sightseeing in Osaka)

In this case, the combination of one of the deals in Osaka and single fare between Osaka and Kyoto is usually cheaper than Kansai Thru Pass or other pass. But if you do sightseeing in two cities, Kansai Thru Pass is your choice.

e.g.
Sightseeing in Kyoto, move to Osaka and sightseeing in Osaka

But sightseeing in two cities in one day is very tight and not very recommended.

For traveler who use national or regional pass

If you use JR pass (national pass) or other regional deal, such as Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass, JR train network in Kyoto is covered. You may visit some places by these passes, such as Arashiyama, Nijo and Fushimi. You may not have any other passes beside these deals if you intend to visit these places. Please see the link below to find the coverage of these national and regional deals in Osaka.

Guide to take trains in Kyoto. How to choose the best route by train to get the major spots?

I hope this post helps you to find the best deal!

68 thoughts on “How to choose the best train pass for sightseeing in Kyoto”

  1. Hi Takeshi San,

    I have a planned trip to OSAKA & KYOTO. Need your help to guide us on which pass to purchase.

    Day 1: KIX – KYOTO
    Nijojo Mae
    Kyoto Manga
    Kyoto Tower
    Day 2: KYOTO
    Inari Fushimi
    Arashima + Sagano Train
    Day3: KYOTO
    Hagashima
    Ritsumeikan
    KYOTO -> OSAKA
    Day 4:HIMEJI + KOBE
    Day 5: NARA + DOTONBORI + KURAMON MARKET
    Day 6: USJ
    Day 7: OSAKA – KIX

    What passes would we buy to avoid overpaid?
    Thanks a lot!!!

    1. Hi Lin san,

      Please see the link below. It shows you sample itinerary which is almost same as your trip.
      http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/7days/visit-kyoto-osaka-nara-and-kobe-for-5-to-7-days-sample-itinerary.html

      You also may use Kansai thru pass 2 days for day 4 and 5.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-use-kansai-thru-pass-compare-pass-and-single-fare.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Dear Takeshi

    We seem to be having problems getting through to you. This is our third attempted email. I hope you can help us with pass advice for the itinery below because we travel on Thursday. Many Thanks.

    We are arriving in Kyoto on 1st June for 5 nights and would like some advice on transport passes during this period. Our Itinery is below (we wrote earlier but not sure it got through).

    Day 1. Arrive Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX) 18.00 and need to get to central Kyoto. Our Guest House is Sunput Nanajo Mibu 600-8833,Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Shimogyo-ku Nishisuya cho 3-21.
    Day 2. Tour of East Kyoto ending somewhere at the Philosopher’s path. Heian jingu shrine for Noh play in the evening.
    Day 3. Tour of West Kyoto including Kinkuju-ji and the afternoon at Arashiyama. Nishiki market perhaps later.
    Day 4. DayTrip by train to Nara. Gion in the evening.
    Day 5. Day trip to Miho museum (bus + train)
    Day 6. Morning bus ride to Hiei -zan and back and then leave for Osaka (KIX) to catch 19.00 flight to Nanjing

  3. Hi Takeshi San,

    I hope you read my message before my trip tonight..! Need your last advice on my planning. I used google map for the train routes. Can you advise the best passes I need to get?

    Btw, I think previously you mentioned my Day 4 should get kansai thru pass, my routes for day 4 from kyoto to osaka is : From Apartment → Karasuma-Oike Station (Karasuma Line) → Board on Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line for Kintetsu-Nara → 3 Stops (6mins, 210yen) → Walk about 6mins → Kyoto Station (Tokaido-Sanyo Line) → Board on the subway for Himeji via Kosei Line → 2 Stops (23mins, 560yen)

    This route does not serves for kansai thru pass right? if it does not, how should i go about? because i googled them and this is what it comes out! ):

    Day 1 : ITM to Airbnb → Ichiran Kawaramachi → Pontocho Alley → Shirakawa-Minami Dori → Hanami-koji Street → Back to hotel

    Day 2 : Take train to Togetsukyo Bridge → Tenryu-ji Temple → Nonomiya Shrine → Arashiyama Bamboo Grove → Jojakko-ji Temple → Kura Sushi → Back to hotel

    Day 3 : Take bus to Nishiki Market → Teramachi & Shinkyogoku → Kiyomizu-dera Temple → Jishu Shrine → Higashiyama District → Kichi Kichi → Gion → Back to hotel

    Day 4 : Take train to Fushimi Inari Shrine → back to hotel check-out → Shin-Osaka Station (hotel here) → Sumiyoshi Taisha → Dotonbori → Shinsaibashi → Back to hotel

    Day 5 : From Shin-Osaka → Kintetsu-Nara Station → Kofukuji Temple → Todaiji Temple → Nara park → Kasuga Taisha Shrine → Higashimuki Shopping Street → Shinsekai → Back to hotel

    Day 6 : USJ

    Day 7 : From Shin-Osaka → Kuromon Ichiba Market → Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens → Kitano Street → Nankinmachi → Back to hotel

    Day 8 : Check out hotel → Take bus from Shin-Osaka to ITM → Reached Haneda → Check in hotel (Kuramae station) → Sekai cafe oshiage → tokyo skytree → back to hotel

    Day 9 : From Kuramae Station → Shinjuku Station → Odawara Station → Hakone-Yumoto Station → Gora Station → Gora Park → Sounzan Station → Owakudani → Togendai Station → Moto-Hakone (Hakone shrine/torii gates) → Back to Shinjuku → Coco Ichibanya shinjuku → Back to hotel

    Day 10 : From Kuramae Station → Senso-ji Temple → Nakamise shopping → Gojoten shrine → Ameyoko market → ueno park → back to hotel

    Day 11 : From Kuramae Station → Meiji shrine → takeshita street → shibuya → back to hotel

    Day 12 : From Kuramae Station → Disneyland

    Day 13 : From Kuramae Station → Akihabara → decks tokyo beach → odaiba → ginza → back to hotel

    Day 14 : From Kuramae Station → Ikebukuro (street, sunshine city) → Odakyu/Keio Departmental Store/Mylord/Mosaic Street → shinjuku dori → don quijote → tokyo station → yaesu underground mall → back to hotel

    Day 15 : From Kuramae Station → Narita airport

    Thank you!!

    Best regards,
    Clara

    1. Hi Clara san,

      When you check the route, don’t use google map. It does not care about train company. It shows you the best and the fastest route. Please use hyperdia to search the route by private railway only. The result is covered by Kansai thru pass.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/hyperdia-perfect-guide-train-timetable-and-route-search-engine.html

      For trip between Kyoto and Osaka, you can use Hankyu railway or Keihan railway by Kansai thru pass. Please see the links below.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/how-to-transfer-among-kyoto-osaka-and-kobe-compare-japan-railway-and-private-lines.html
      http://www.surutto.com/images/ticket/kansai_thru_pass/english/en_map.pdf

      You can take Keihan from Fushimi-Inari, Kiyomizu-Gojo or Gion-Shijo. You can take Hankyu from Karasuma, Kawaramachi or Omiya.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Dear Takeshi san

        Thanks for your quick response! Oh no.. does that means i have to search all over again for my routes?? ): My trip is in less than 24 hrs time! Afraid not enough time to redo my itinerary.. can i ask how about the transportation card i should get for kyoto, osaka, kobe, nara and tokyo? Could you please advise me on this? Thank you!!

        Regards
        Clara

        1. Hi Clara san,

          I understand it’s a big job. But you should do it to save your cost.

          Kansai thru pass is the best choice for day 4,5 and 7.
          Please see the map in the link which I gave in the previous reply. You can find the route. You don’t need to check the timetable. Train runs very frequently.

          In Kyoto, all day bus pass is okay.
          http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

          Single ticket is okay for USJ.

          If you are overwhelmed and make it be easy, just buy Kansai one pass. It does not unlimited ride but it covers all trains.
          http://kansaionepass.com/en/about.html?info=1

          You can add fund into the card at any JR stations’ vending machine.

          In Tokyo, Tokyo subway ticket is the best.
          http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/value/index.html

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hi Takeshi san,

            I dont think i will have sufficient time to do research now. I think we will just stick with google map, hope we wont get lost in japan! 🙁

            I Need your urgent advise on kansai thru pass!

            You mentioned day 4,5 and 7 use Kansai thru pass. my google map routes as below. Can you please advise me if these be covered under kansai thru pass?

            Day 4
            Fushimi Inari Shrine 伏見稲荷大社
            • From Karasuma-Oike Station (Tozai Line) → 2 Stops → Sanjo Station → Walk about 2mins → Sanjo Station (Keihan Line) → 6 Stops → Fushimi-Inari Station → Walk about mins, 500m

            Check-Out
            • From Fushimi Inari Taisha → Walk about 6mins, 500m → Fushimi-Inari Station (Keihan Line) → 6 Stops → Sanjo Station → Walk about 2mins → Sanjo Station (Tozai Line) → 2 Stops (32mins, 420yen)

            Reached Shin-Osaka Station
            • Option 1 (*JR lines) : From Apartment → Karasuma-Oike Station (Karasuma Line) → Board on Kyoto City Subway Karasuma Line for Kintetsu-Nara → 3 Stops → Kyoto Station → Walk about 6mins → Kyoto Station (Tokaido-Sanyo Line) → Board on the subway for Himeji via Kosei Line → 2 Stops (29mins, 770yen)
            • Option 2 : From Apartment → Karasuma-Oike Station → Walk about 11mins → Karasuma Station (Hankyu-Kyoto Line) → 24 Stops → Minamikata Station → Walk about 3mins → Nishinakajima-Minamigata Station (Midosuji Line) → 1 Stop (1 hour 15mins, 580yen)

            Sumiyoshi Taisha 住吉大社
            • Option 1 : From Shin-Osaka Station (Midosuji Line) → 7 Stops → Namba Station → Walk about 7mins → Namba (Nankai Line) → 5 Stops → Sumiyoshitaisha Station → Walk about 2mins, 220m (33mins, 490yen)
            • Option 2 : From Shin-Osaka Station (Midosuji Line) → 9 Stops → Dobutsuen-Mae Station → Walk about 2mins → Shin-Imamiya Station (Hankaidenki-Hankai Line) → 11 Stops → Sumiyoshitorii-Mae Station → Walk about 1mins, 130m (42mins, 490yen)

            Dotonbori
            • From Sumiyoshi Taisha → Walk about 3mins, 220m → Sumiyoshitaishi Station (Nankai Line) → Take the Nankai Main Line Local for Nankai-Namba → 5 Stops → Namba Station → Walk about 10mins, 850m (11mins, 210yen)

            Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade
            • From Dotonbori → Head west 110m → Turn right 80m → Take the crosswalk 110m → Cross the road 82m → Turn right 21m → Destination will be on the left (4mins)

            Back to hotel
            • From Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade → Walk about 6 mins → Shisaibashi Station (Midosuji Line) → Take the subway for Senrichuo → 6 Stops → Shin-Osaka Station (19mins, 230yen)

            Day 5
            Reached Kintetsu-Nara Station
            • From Shin-Osaka Station (Midosuji Line) → Take the Osaka City Subway Midosuji Line for Tennoji→ 7 Stops → Namba Station → Walk about 3mins → Osaka-Namba Station (Kinetetsu-Nara Line) → Take the Kintetsu Nara Line Rapid Exp. for Kintetsu-Nara → 3 Stops → Kintetsu-Nara Station (60mins, 840yen)

            -skip the middle part since we are walking/taking bus-

            Shinsekai
            • From Higashimuki Shopping Street → Walk about 3mins, 200m → Kintetsu-Nara Station (Kintetsu-Nara Line) → 9 Stops → Kintetsu-Nippombashi Station → Walk about 2mins → Nippombashi Station (Sakaisuji Line) → Ebisucho Station → Walk about 6mins, 450m (54mins, 740yen)

            Back to hotel
            • From Shinsekai → Walk about 7mins, 550m → Dobutsuen-Mae Station (Midosuji Line) → 9 Stops → Shin-Osaka Station (27mins, 280yen)

            Day 7
            Kuromon Ichiba Market
            • Option 1 : From Shin-Osaka Station (Midosuji Line) → 7 Stops → Namba Station → About 8mins walk, 700m (34mins, 280yen)
            • Option 2 : From Shin-Osaka Station (Midosuji Line) → 9 Stops → Dobutsuen-Mae Station (Sakaiji Line) → 2 Stops → Nippombashi Station → About 2mins walk, 230m (29mins, 280yen)

            Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens& Ropeway
            • From Kuromon Ichiba Market → Walk about 9mins, 700m → Namba Station (Midosuji Line) → 4 Stops → Umeda Station → Walk about 3mins → Osaka Station (Tokaido-Sanyo Line) → 3 Stops → Sannomiya Station → Walk about 16mins, 1.3km (28mins, 1 hour 5mins)

            Kitano Street
            • From Kobe Nunobiki Herb Gardens → Take the Robeway down → Head east 63m → Take the elevator down 17m → Turn right 8m → Go down the stairs 64m → Turn right 350m → Take the crosswalk 55m → Turn right 52m → Turn left 280m (12mins walk)

            Nankinmachi (Kobe’s Chinatown)
            • From Kitanocho → Walk about 14mins, 1.1km → Hankyu Kobe Sannomiya Station (Tokaido-Sanyo Line) → 1 Stop → Motomachi Station → Walk about 4mins, 350m (20mins, 120yen)

            Back to hotel
            Walk about 10mins to Sannomiya station (hankyu kobe line) > 4 stops > Juso station (hankyu kobe line) > 1 stop > Minamikata station > walk about 3mins > Nishinakajimaminamigata Station (midosuji line) > 1 stop > shin-osaka

            thank you so so much!!

            cheers,
            clara

          2. Hi Clara,

            Those following trips are covered.

            Day 4
            Fushimi Inari Shrine 伏見稲荷大社
            • From Karasuma-Oike Station (Tozai Line) → 2 Stops → Sanjo Station → Walk about 2mins → Sanjo Station (Keihan Line) → 6 Stops → Fushimi-Inari Station → Walk about mins, 500m

            Check-Out
            • From Fushimi Inari Taisha → Walk about 6mins, 500m → Fushimi-Inari Station (Keihan Line) → 6 Stops → Sanjo Station → Walk about 2mins → Sanjo Station (Tozai Line) → 2 Stops (32mins, 420yen)

            Reached Shin-Osaka Station
            • Option 2 : From Apartment → Karasuma-Oike Station → Walk about 11mins → Karasuma Station (Hankyu-Kyoto Line) → 24 Stops → Minamikata Station → Walk about 3mins → Nishinakajima-Minamigata Station (Midosuji Line) → 1 Stop (1 hour 15mins, 580yen)

            Sumiyoshi Taisha 住吉大社
            • Option 1 : From Shin-Osaka Station (Midosuji Line) → 7 Stops → Namba Station → Walk about 7mins → Namba (Nankai Line) → 5 Stops → Sumiyoshitaisha Station → Walk about 2mins, 220m (33mins, 490yen)
            • Option 2 : From Shin-Osaka Station (Midosuji Line) → 9 Stops → Dobutsuen-Mae Station → Walk about 2mins → Shin-Imamiya Station (Hankaidenki-Hankai Line) → 11 Stops → Sumiyoshitorii-Mae Station → Walk about 1mins, 130m (42mins, 490yen)

            *Both trips are covered.

            Dotonbori
            • From Sumiyoshi Taisha → Walk about 3mins, 220m → Sumiyoshitaishi Station (Nankai Line) → Take the Nankai Main Line Local for Nankai-Namba → 5 Stops → Namba Station → Walk about 10mins, 850m (11mins, 210yen)

            Back to hotel
            • From Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade → Walk about 6 mins → Shisaibashi Station (Midosuji Line) → Take the subway for Senrichuo → 6 Stops → Shin-Osaka Station (19mins, 230yen)

            Day 5
            Reached Kintetsu-Nara Station
            • From Shin-Osaka Station (Midosuji Line) → Take the Osaka City Subway Midosuji Line for Tennoji→ 7 Stops → Namba Station → Walk about 3mins → Osaka-Namba Station (Kinetetsu-Nara Line) → Take the Kintetsu Nara Line Rapid Exp. for Kintetsu-Nara → 3 Stops → Kintetsu-Nara Station (60mins, 840yen)

            Shinsekai
            • From Higashimuki Shopping Street → Walk about 3mins, 200m → Kintetsu-Nara Station (Kintetsu-Nara Line) → 9 Stops → Kintetsu-Nippombashi Station → Walk about 2mins → Nippombashi Station (Sakaisuji Line) → Ebisucho Station → Walk about 6mins, 450m (54mins, 740yen)

            Back to hotel
            • From Shinsekai → Walk about 7mins, 550m → Dobutsuen-Mae Station (Midosuji Line) → 9 Stops → Shin-Osaka Station (27mins, 280yen)

            Day 7
            Kuromon Ichiba Market
            • Option 1 : From Shin-Osaka Station (Midosuji Line) → 7 Stops → Namba Station → About 8mins walk, 700m (34mins, 280yen)
            • Option 2 : From Shin-Osaka Station (Midosuji Line) → 9 Stops → Dobutsuen-Mae Station (Sakaiji Line) → 2 Stops → Nippombashi Station → About 2mins walk, 230m (29mins, 280yen)

            *Both trips are covered.

            For trip between Osaka-Nmaba and Kone-Sannomiya, you can take Hanshin railway. You don’t need to go to Umeda.
            http://www.hanshin.co.jp/global/en/

            Hanshin railway is covered by Kansai thru pass.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          3. Dear Takeshi san

            Thank you soo much for your reply!

            It seems that all those are covered except for the last part Kobe. We decided to change it to this routings. Can you check if it is all covered? Btw, since we googled it, it shows the transport amount and we calculated the total amount was about 2-2.5k yen lesser than kansai thru pass. But not sure if it is accurate.

            Below is the route for day 7, pls advise :
            Nunobiki ropeway
            From Kuromon Ichiba Market → Walk about 5mins, 300m → Kintetsu-Nippombashi Station (Kintetsu-Nara Line) → 1 Stop → Continue on the same train (Hanshin-Namba Line) → 5 Stops → Continue on the same train (Hanshin Line) → 6 Stops → Kobe-Sannomiya Station → Walk about 6min → Sannomiya Station (Seishin-Yamate Line) → 1 Stop (1hr, 770yen)

            ​Nankinmachi (Kobe’s Chinatown) (Opening Hours: 24Hrs)​
            • From Kitanocho → Walk about 14mins, 1.1km → Hankyu Kobe Sannomiya Station (Tokaido-Sanyo Line) → 1 Stop → Motomachi Station → Walk about 4mins, 350m (20mins, 120yen)

            Kobe Harborland 神戸ハーバーランド (Opening Hours: 10AM – 9PM/10PM)
            • From Nankinmachi → Walk about 5mins, 300m → Kyukyoryuchi-Daimarumae Station (Kaigan Line) → 2 Stops (8mins, 210yen)

            Back to Hotel
            • From Harborland → Walk about 7mins, 550m → Kosoku Kobe Station (Kobekosoku Tetsudo Line) → 2 Stops Continue on the same train (Hankyu-Kobe Line) → 4 Stops → Juso Station (Hankyu-Kobe Line) → 2 Stops Sozenji Station (54mins, 500yen)

            2) for the 24 hour ticket subway tokyo, does it covers every single line including the train to narita and haneda airport? Also what is the difference between the 600yen and 900yen ticket? We are not sure which should we get! If it’s 600yen and if it covers the airport lines, it seems that we can get 6 days instead of using icoca card.

            3) kyoto all day bus pass, is there an possibility this is not worth? We see online it says it cost 1200yen per pax but it seems like our day 3 does not requires us to travel that much by bus.

            Any kind advise from you?

            Thanks alot takeshi san!!!

          4. Hi Clara san,

            I deleted option 1 from Kyoto to Shin-Osaka because it includes trip by JR train.

            You will take Tokaido-Sanyo line between Sannomiya and Motomachi. I think it’s JR and not covered. You can take Hanshin railway instead. Other trips are covered. Please see the link below to get the info about train system in Kobe.
            http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kobe-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

            I did not calculate all fares but if so, you can use single fare or ICOCA. But Kansai thru pass gives you flexibility. So it’s totally up to you whether you will use this pass or not.

            Tokyo subway ticket does not include trip to either Haneda or Narita.
            http://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/tokyo-kanto-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-best-deal-and-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

            Kyoto bus pass is 500 yen. If you want to take subway and bus pass, it’s 1200 yen. The choice is yours too.
            http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Dear Takeshi-san,

    We are planning to explore Kansai over a 5 day period, culminating in a day trip to Hiroshima. We were looking at the Kansai Hiroshima Area pass. Would this be a good choice to use for travelling up to Kyoto, Himeji, Nara and Kobe? It says that it can be used on the local and rapid trains for these cities and on the Nozomi to Hiroshima. Would it also cover the Nozomi trains to Kyoto?
    Thanks in advance.

    Ashish

    1. Hi Ashish san,

      Kansai Hiroshima area pass is the perfect choice. You can visit all places which you want to go. But you cannot take Shinkansen, such as Nozomi between Shin-Osaka and Kyoto. When you travel between Kyoto and Hiroshima, you have to change trains at Shin-Osaka.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi Takeshi,

    Your post does helps the travellers a lot. You introduced a couple of deals that could help travellers to save up during the trip, however I still couldn’t decide which deal or pass fit my itinerary. Appreciate if you could suggest me the best deal or pass:
    22/04- Reach KIX at 9am -> Kyoto (stay close to Jujo Station), plan to purchase Kansai One pass + Haruka.
    To visit North Kyoto (kinkakuji) and Central Kyoto (nishiki market, pontocho)
    23/04- To visit West Kyoto (arashimaya) and Central Kyoto (Nijo Castle)
    24/04- To visit East Kyoto (kiyomizudera, Ginkakuji, Higashimaya, Gion)
    25/04- To visit South Kyoto (Fushimi Inari)
    26/04- Kyoto -> Osaka (stay close to Daikokucho station)
    To visit Shinsekai, Tsutenkaku, Dotonburi, Shinsaibashi
    27/04- To visit Minoo Park, Umeda sky building
    28/04- To visit Osaka castle, Aqua Liner (Might visit Nara)
    29/04- Osaka -> KIX through Nankai Railway

    Also one question, to visit Nara or not, will make a big difference in choosing the deal or passes?

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Chong

    1. Hi Katherine,

      Mostly you can use Kansai one pass. There are deals to cover subway and bus in Kyoto.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

      But you intend to visit a few places a day. Probably you don’t have many chances to use the pass. Especially these deals do not cover JR and non JR trains, like Keihan railway, Hankyu railway. Kansai one pass does not give you unlimited travel but you can take any trains and buses n Kyoto. It will be cheaper than using other deals. You may add all day bus pass if you intend to take a bus more than 3 rides. You can use the bus pass to take the bus and use Kansai one pass when you take a train.

      For trip to Osaka from Kyoto and sightseeing in Osaka, Kansai one pass may be better choicke than other deals. But Osaka Amazing Pass 2 days is considerable. It gives you admission at many attractions and unlimited ride of subways in Osaka.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

      If you go to Nara, you will use Kansai one pass. It’s same but the cost is extra. You need to add more fund into Kansai one pass anyway.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. Hi Takeshi,
    We’ll be travelling to Osaka on 23.06.2017 to 31.03.2017.
    Can you pls advise us on the type of pass to purchase for me & my family (2 adults, 3 kids aged 14,12 & 9) :
    -Day 1: From Kansai Airport to Namba Stn (it’s good if inclusive of 1 day unlimited subway in Osaka).
    – Day 2: From Osaka to Nara (day trip only) & return to Osaka.
    – Day 3: From Osaka to Kyoto (inclusive of subway rides in Kyoto)
    – Day 4: Unlimited rides in Kyoto (intend to go to Arashimaya & to take Sagano Romantic Train)
    – Day 5: Return to Osaka (unlimited rides within Osaka inclusive visiting places of interest until Day 7)
    – Optional: Intend to go to Kobe for day trip from Osaka if permissible in Day 6 or Day 7.

    Really appreciate your assistance & advise. Thank you.

          1. Hi Takeshi San,

            Shall I use Kansas One Pass for the following :
            – Nankai Line fr Kansai airport to Nippombashi Stn via Sakaisuji line
            – Kintetsu Line fr Nippombashi stn to Nara & vice versa
            – Tanimachi 9-chrome Stn to Uemeda stn to Kawaramachi Stn Kyoto via Hankyu line
            – Kawaramachi Stn Kyoto Hankyu line to Nagahoribashi stn Osaka via sakaisuji line
            – traveling within Nara & kyoto

            Is this a proper pass that we shall use? Pls advise. On the last 3 days in Osaka, we prefer to use Osaka Amazing Pass.

            As for my 12 years old boy, is he consider adult or kid? Most of the pass is only valid for adults. How about kids? What pass shall we buy?

            Appreciate if you can advise us. Thank you.

          2. Hi Cindy san,

            You can use Kansai one pass for all trips. But Knasai thru pass covers all trips too. If you take subway, city bus and other trains in Kyoto, Kansai thru pass may be cheaper. Kansai one pass does not give you unlimited ride but Knasai thru pass does.

            Adult rate is applied to 12 years old. Child rate is available for 6 to 11 years old.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          3. Hi Takeshi San,

            Thks for your recommendation on Kansai Thru Pass. Unfortunately we’re not using the pass for 3 continuous days. Therefore Kansai One Pass is still cheaper for us. By the way, do we need to buy these passes in advance or can we buy on the spot. How about Sagano Train ticket? Pls advise.

          4. Hi Cindy san,

            Kansai thru pass does not require you to use the pass in consecutive days. You may use it, like Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. If you want to use Kansai one pass, it’s okay. Just for your info.

            You must book a ticket for Sagano train. It’s very very popular. If you try to purchase it on the spot, all seats may be booked out and you may not be able to take it. You can book it at the reservation window in JR stations which is called Midori no Madoguchi.
            http://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/timetable-and-reservation/how-to-reserve-seat.html

            You can buy other tickets on the spot.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

          5. Thanks Takeshi San. Really appreciate your advise. Looking forward for this wonderful trip.

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