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  1. Hi Takeshi,

    Your articles are really comprehensive but I am confused as there are so many options available out there! Upon arrival at Kansai Airport we plan to head directly to our hotel in Arashiyama, Kyoto. We will be staying there for 2 nights before moving to another hotel in the Gion area for 3 nights. After 5 nights in Kyoto, we will head to Osaka and stay there for 4 nights, though we plan to make a day trip to Kobe on one of those days. At the end of our trip we will then need to return to Kansai Airport to catch our flight home. May I know which pass would be most suitable based on our itinerary?


    1. Hi Sharon,

      You may use Kansai one pass and Haruka.

      You can use Kansai one pass to take train and subway in Kyoto and train to Osaka from Kyoto.

      In Kyoto, you can add all day bus pass if you take a bus more than 3 times a day. If not, use Kansai one pass.

      In Osaka, there are a few deals available. You may choose it by your trip plan.

      For the trip to Kobe, Hanshin tourist pass is the best deal:

      At the end, you may choose one of the deal in the link below for Osaka to Kansai airport:


      Takeshi /

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    I am planning a trip to Kiso Valley in April 2019. I don’t think there’s any JR Pass that suit the below itinerary? Or if there is any that I missed? Total expenses if buy individually is around JPY19K (no seat selection).
    Day 1 – Kansai Airport to Nagoya (LTD. EXP HARUKA 36 + SHINKANSEN NOZOMI 244)
    Day 2 – Nagoya to Nakatsugawa (LTD. EXP. (WIDE VIEW) SHINANO 5)
    Day 3/4 – Hike in Magome/Tsumago
    Day 5 – Tsumago to Kyoto (Bus + LTD. EXP. (WIDE VIEW) SHINANO 2 + SHINKANSEN NOZOMI 13)
    Day 6 – Kyoto to Osaka to Kansai Airport (JR Special Rapid Service for HIMEJI + JR KANSAI AIRPORT RAPID SERVICE for KANSAI AIRPORT)

    Thank you so much for the help.

  3. Takeshi-san, you are AMAZING! You have created a fantastic resource. I am a frequent visitor to Kansai and use trains a lot, but your site has taught me many things I never knew. THANK YOU! I will definitely refer anyone I know visiting Japan to this site.All the best to you!

  4. Hi there – I am confused about travelling in Japan. We arrive Sat 12 Jan to Narita and go into Tokyo for 2 days sightseeing. We then travel to Kyoto for 3 days and then return to Tokyo for 2 days to meet my husband. Then we go to Nozawa Onsen for 1 week and then come back to Narita to fly back to Australia on 26 January. Me and my 3 children are there for 15 days so should I get a 1 way ticket from airport on 12th to tokyo and then buy a 14 day pass for the rest of our travel when we go to Kyoto that will cover the rest of our trip? Melissa Tuffley

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