How to choose the deals for access to/from Kansai Airport

Kansai Airport arrival  level at ground floor
Kansai Airport arrival level at ground floor

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.

How to build the itinerary and choose the deals for Osaka stay 5 to 7 days.

Regular ticket

Nankai Railway’s express train is a sort of commute train.

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.

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.

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:

ICOCA and Haruka ticket. Very flexible and good deal for tourist who stay in Kansai.

Kansai airport station ticket counter. Left side (Orange) is Nankai Railway's counter and other side is JR.
Kansai airport station ticket counter. Left side (Orange) is Nankai Railway’s counter and other side is JR.

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:

Nankai Railway’s official site, Kanku Chikatoku Ticket

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.

Nankai Railway's Rapi:t has very unique exterior.
Nankai Railway’s Rapi:t has very unique exterior.

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:

Kanku Tokuwari Rapi:t Ticket / Kanku-Webtoku Ticket

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:

Namba Access Rapi:t Ticet | Handling travel agency list

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:

Yokoso! Osaka Ticket

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:

Nara Access Ticket

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.

Limousin bus Kansai airport – Nara

All bus services depart from ground level.
All bus services depart from ground level.

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:

Kobe Access Ticket

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.

Limousin bus Kansai airport – 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:

How to use JR West Kansai Area Pass. Compare pass and single fare.

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:

How to use Kansai Thru Pass. Compare pass and single fare.

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.

Bay Shuttle high speed ferry

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.

Limousine bus to Kobe

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.

325 thoughts on “How to choose the deals for access to/from Kansai Airport”

  1. Hi Takeshi San.
    My family ( 2 adults and 2 kids) are planning to stay in Osaka for 7 nights (2 days using Kansai Thru Pass, 5 days using JR Kansai-Hiroshima Pass). Upon arrival at Kansai Airport we will start using our KTP. I already know that I can travel from KIX to Namba using Nankai railway airport express train. But if i plan to upgrade to Limited Express Rapi:t how much do I have to add on?
    This is because since Nankai railway airport express train do not have designated place to put our suitcases so we are worried that out bags will bother other passengers.
    Thank you in advance for your help.

    1. Hi Faiezin san,

      If you take rapi:t by Kansai thru pass, extra charge is 510 yen for adult passengers and 260 yen for child passengers (6 to 11 years old). If your child is less than 5 years old and one of adult passenger will share a seat, it’s free of charge. If you want to give one seat for your child who is 5 years old or younger, you need to pay child fare.

      Actually lots of passengers are on board of rapid train with a big suitcase. You don’t have to worry about bothering other passengers. But if you want to have a nicer seat, rapi:t is more recommended.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi Takeshi,
    We will be staying in Shin-Imamiya, Osaka from Day 1 until Day 4. Day 5 – Day 6 we will stay at Nijo, Kyoto and Day 7 at Kobe.

    For Hokkaido trip, Day 8 – Day 10, we will stay in Sapporo, Day 11 we change from Niseko to Hoshino Snow Resort Tomamu and lastly from Day 12-14 we plan to stay in Asahikawa before going back to Chitose on the last day.

    If we plan to visit onsen, which one is better between Noboribetsu or Jozankei if we will only be using public transport?

    Thank you so much for spending your time answering our questions.

    Regards,
    Fasya

    1. Hi Fasya,

      You may use Kansai one pass for moving from city to city and staying in Kobe.
      https://kansaionepass.com/en/about.html?info=1

      You cannot get the worth of either Kansai area pass or Kansai thru pass.

      For day 1, you may use Kansai one pass if you are okay with an ordinary train. If you want to take express train Rapi:t, there is a deal.
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html

      For sightseeing in Osaka and Kyoto, you may add a local deal in each cities. Please see the links below:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

      Kansai one pass includes 500 yen deposit. If you want to refund it, you have to do it before you leave Kobe. But if you keep it, you may use it in Sapporo to take streetcar, subway , city bus.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/what-is-ic-card-suica-icoca-pasmo-how-to-use-these-cards.html

      You may use Hokkaido rail pass flex 4 days for New Chitose to Sapporo, Sapporo to Tomamu, Tomamu to Asahikawa and Asahikawa to New Chitose. Total fares are almost same as Flex 4 days price.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/hokkaido-rail-pass-the-best-deal-for-rail-trip-in-hokkaido-for-oversea-visitors.html

      Jozankei is more accessible than Noboribetsu. But in my opinion, Noboribetsu is more attractive. If you go to Jozankei, you can take a bus to get there. Just pay as you go. If you go to Noboribetsu, you can use Hokkaido Rail Pass. In this case, pay a regular fare for New Chitose to Sapporo and use one day for this Noboribetsu trip.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi Takeshi,

    We’re so happy to find your blog as it provides so much information needed for our winter Japan trip. If you don’t mind, we would like to ask for your opinion and suggestions for the type of pass that we should use for our trip. Here is our itinerary :

    Day 1 : KIX – Shin Imamiya (should we use Nankai Railway Limited Express rapi:t?)
    Day 2 : Osaka (Osaka Amazing Pass 1day)
    Day 3 : Osaka
    Day 4 : Nara and back to Osaka
    Day 5 : Kyoto
    Day 6 : Kyoto
    Day 7 : Himeji, Kobe
    Day 8 : Kobe, flight from Kobe airport to Shin-Chitose
    Day 9 : Sapporo
    Day 10 : Day trip to Otaru from Sapporo
    Day 11 : Niseko Village Ski Resort
    Day 12 : Furano
    Day 13 : Biei
    Day 14 : Asahikawa
    Day 15 : flight from CTS – home
    From Day 3 – day 7 is it ok if we plan to use Kansai Area Pass?
    Day 9 – day 10 we plan to Sapporo Otaru Welcome Pass or is there any other suggestion?
    Day 11 – Day 14 which one is better, JR Hokkaido pass or Sapica Card?

    We would really appreciate any suggestions of yours. thank you.

    Regards,
    Fasya.

    1. Hi Fasya,

      Before I reply to your inquiries, I would like to make sure the location to stay. Do you stay in just Osaka from day 1 to day 8? Or do you move among Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and stay in each cities?

      When you are in Hokkaido, do you stay in Sapporo only or staying in each places, Niseko, Furano, Biei and Asahikawa?

      I need to make sure these before I suggest you which pass the recommended one is.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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