If you arrive in Kansai airport, most of you go to Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe or maybe Nara, Wakayama. There are many deals that you can choose. You maybe confused and overwhelmed to pick up. In this post, I would like to show you all available deals and help you to find the best deal for you.
If you have plan to stay in Osaka for entire stay and make day trips to other places from Osaka, the following post may help you to build your itinerary.
There are so many deals available. But regular ticket is the best choice if you go to Namba, Shin-Imamiya or other stations on Nankai railway. Single ticket is 920 yen to get Namba or Shin-Imamiya by Nankai railway airport express train.
ICOCA and Haruka, Haruka discount ticket
Suggested destinations: Shin-Osaka, Kyoto and Tennoji
Other accessible destinations: Osaka (Umeda), JR-Namba (Namba), other stations on Osaka Kanjo (loop) line,Kobe, Sannomiya
Price: starting from 1,100 yen (Haruka ticket only)
This deal includes non reserved seat on Limited Express Haruka that runs between Kansai airport and Kyoto, and 1500 yen preload e-money in ICOCA card. And also you may use Haruka ticket only if you do not want ICOCA.
Limited Express Haruka can take you Tennoji, Shin-Osaka and Kyoto directly. This train is only direct train service to Kyoto from Kansai airport.
As long as you don’t exit the station, you can transfer to other trains in coverage area as many as you want. You can access to JR-Namba from Tennoji, Osaka and Kobe from Shin-Osaka. The combination of Limited Express Haruka and local train is not the best choice to get Namba and Kobe. But if you want to have ICOCA e-money, you can use this deal. Please find more information about this deal at the link below:
Kanku Chikatoku Ticket
Suggested destinations: All stations on Osaka subway lines
Price: 1,000 yen
This deal includes one way base fare between Kansai airport and Namba, and Osaka subway ticket. You can access to all stations on Osaka subway lines and New Tram lines. Actually this ticket is most affordable way to get Umeda (JR Osaka) and Shin-Osaka. Please find more information at the following link:
If you go to Namba, base fare ticket is 920 yen and this deal is sold at 1000 yen. Single ticket is cheaper. You may take next deal, Kanku Tokuwari Rapi:t Ticket or Kanku Webtoku Rapi:t Ticket.
Kanku Tokuwari Rapi:t Ticket / Kanku-Webtoku Ticket
Suggested destinations: Namba
Price: 1130 yen
It includes a base fare for Kansai Airport to/from Namba and Limited Express Rapi:t seat fare. Regular total fare is 1430 yen and this deal is sold at 1130 yen. You can save 300 yen. I think these deals are same. The only difference is “Webtoku” is sold at online and “Tokuwari” is sold at the station. I could not find any difference other than that. Please find more information at the links below:
If you travel the peak season, you may take Kanku-Webtoku Ticket online. Otherwise you can purchase Kanku Tokuwari Rapi:t Ticket on the spot.
If you intend to take Limited Express “Rapi:t” to Namba and transfer to Osaka subway, Kansai Tokuwari Rapi:t Ticket + subway single fare is cheaper than Kansai Chikatoku Ticket + Rapi:t Express Surcharge. Because in Osaka subway fare table, the highest fare is 370 yen. On the other hand, Rapi:t express surcharge is 510 yen. Kansai Chikatoku Ticket and surcharge is 1.510 yen. Amd Kanku Tokuwai Rapi:t Ticket + Osaka subway single fare never be more than 1,500 yen. If you go to Shinsaibashi from Kansai airport, you need to pay Osaka subway fare 180 yen and Kanku Tokuwari Rapi:t Ticket 1,130 yen. In most case, subway fare is 180 yen, 240 yen or 280 yen.
Namba Access Rapi:t Ticket
Suggested destinations: Namba and all stations on Osaka subway lines
Price: 2,000 yen
This deal includes one way trip ticket from Kansai airport to Namba by Rapi:t between Kansai airport and one day unlimited subway ride pass. But this pass is sold at a few travel agencies in Asian countries only. You cannot purchase this in Japan. Please find the detailed information at the links below:
Yokoso! Osaka Ticket
Suggested destinations: All part of downtown Osaka
Price: 1,500 yen
This deal is the combination of Kanku Tokuwari Rapi:t Ticket (1,130 yen) and Enjoy Eco Card (Osaka subway and bus one day unlimited ride pass at 800 yen for weekday and 600 yen for weekend/holiday). If you intend to do sightseeing in Osaka on arrival day, this deal is the best deal for you. The following link shows you the detail of this deal:
But if you stay in Osaka and go outside Osaka on arrival day, like Kyoto, Nara or Kobe, Kansai Thru Pass is better deal. Please see below.
Nara Access Ticket
Suggested destinations: Nara
Price: 1,230 yen
This deal includes base fare for Nankai Railway from Kansai airport to Namba and Kintetsu Railway from Osaka-Namba to Nara. This is most affordable deal to get Nara. But it does not include any express surcharge. If you want to take Limited Express Rapi:t from Kansai airport to Namba, you have to add 510 yen on top of this deal. Please find more information at the link below:
If you go to Nara, you can use JR’s Kansai Area Pass. One day type of this pass is 2,200 yen. It’s way more expensive than Nara Access Ticket. But if you use Nara Access Ticket, you have to exit Nankai Namba station and walk to Kintetsu Railway’s Osaka-Namba station. It is not very far. But you have to walk with your luggage in very crowded underground path for 5 to 10 minutes. If you use Kansai Area Pass, you can transfer at Tennoji station. You have to transfer but it is same station and you do not need to exit the station. It is much easier than changing trains at Osaka-Namba. Please find more information about Kansai Area Pass at the below.
And also there is limousine bus service between Kansai airport and Nara. This is only way to get Nara directly. If you want the easiest travel, bus is the best solution.
Kobe Access Ticket
Suggested destinations: Kobe
Price: 1,130 yen
This deal includes base fare for Nankai Railway from Kansai airport to Namba and Hanshin Railway from Osaka-Namba to Kobe-Sannomiya and Motomachi. This is most affordable deal to get Kobe. It is very similar to Nara Access Ticket. This deal does not include any express surcharge either. If you want to take Limited Express Rapi:t from Kansai airport to Namba, you have to add 510 yen on top of this deal. Please find more information at the link below:
This is exactly same situation as Nara Access Ticket above. Because Hanshin Railway’s Osaka-Namba station is same location as Kintetsu Railway’s station. You have to exit Nankai Namba station and walk to Hanshin Railway’s Osaka-Namba station. It is not very far. But you have to walk with your luggage in very crowded underground path for 5 to 10 minutes. You can use JR’s ICOCA and Haruka or Kansai Area Pass one day. But limousine bus service between Kansai airport and Kobe is the easiest way to get Kobe.
You also have a choice to take high speed ferry to Kobe. You can find the information about this ferry service below.
Kansai Area Pass
Suggested destinations: All places in Kansai and surrounding area
Price: 2,200 yen for one day and up
This deal gives you unlimited ride for JR trains in Kansai and outside Kansai area, If you visit other than Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka. This deal may be considerable. Especially if you will stay in Himeji, outside Kyoto city, like Kameyama, and Shiga prefecture, like Otsu, HIkone, this pass is only deal for you. If you go to Nara and intend to take Limited Express Haruka to Tennoji, this deal is a bit cheaper than single fare. But if you go to Wakayama, single fare is cheaper. Please find the detail of this pass at the link below:
Kansai Thru Pass
Suggested destinations: All places in Kansai and surrounding area
Price: 4,000 yen for 2 days, 5,200 yen for 3 days
This deal gives you unlimited ride for private railway lines, subway lines and bus lines. The coverage area is very similar to Kansai Area Pass above. But this deal covers subway lines and bus lines in Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. It is much more useful for sightseeing in any places in Kansai area. If you visit outside Osaka after arrival and visiting outside Osaka another day, this deal is most recommended. Please see the details at the following link:
I do not recommend you to use this deal to get Kyoto. Because it is too complicated for overseas travellers to get Kyoto by this pass. You have to change the trains at least twice. And all trains are commuter’s train. It is not a good way to get there on arrival day with huge luggage. I do not show you Kyoto Access Ticket either. Because you have to take same route as Kansai Thru Pass. It is not a good idea to get Kyoto. ICOCA and Haruka is the best way to get Kyoto.
Bay Shuttle high speed ferry
Suggested destinations: Kobe
Price: 1,850 yen for one way and Port Liner to Sannomiya, 3,000 yen for return
This is not a deal but this high speed ferry is one of the direct access to Kobe from KIX.
But this ferry does not take you downtown Kobe directly. Even though the fare include Port Liner ticket that is a train to Kobe-Sannomiya, you have to transfer. And also you have to take a bus to the port from airport terminal building at KIX side too.
If you want to have a direct access to Kobe-Sannomiya, limousine bus is better choice.
The fare is a bit higher but all you need to do is just hopping on bus at KIX. It takes you to Kobe-Sannomiya directly.