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.

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

  1. Dear takeshi san.
    Thk u for this great site.
    I have a simple itinerary n hope u can advise if i have understood correctly.
    a. D1- Arrive KIX 7am direct to kyoto
    ICOCA N HARUKA. Or can i buy kansai one pass(2 days) n haruka
    b. 2D2N at kyoto. Around kyoto attractions
    Kyoto 2 day pass or ICOCA or kansai one pass?
    c. D3 kyoto to nara to osaka
    ICOCA?
    d. 4N in osaka. Around osaka attractions
    2 DAYS OSAKA AMAZING PASS
    e. Osaka to KIX
    ICOCA N HARUKA

    I thank u in advance for your kind assistance

      1. Good morning takeshi san.
        Thk u for directing me to the correct itinerary.
        Can i just clarify on the icoca haruka charge frm KIX to kyoto. If i have haruka card isnt the cost just ¥1600? But your round trip stated ¥4060 which i assume is ¥2030 one way. Sorry….i m confused 🙂

  2. Hi Takeshi San,

    I have planned a trip with my family to Japan this September. I will be arriving Kansai airport around 9.30pm. Our apartment is 15mins walking from Umeda and Osaka Station, we dont mind the walk. When we arrived we thought of staying overnight in the airport as plan on saving our kansai thru pass the next day, is this advisable?

    Another option which we prefer more, is use the kanku chikatoku pass. Can you confirm this pass can be used to get from KIX to Umeda/osaka station? Is it easy to get this pass at the airport, we dont want to miss the last train since we arrived near the end of the day. Can you assist on how to and names of stations I should stop and change?

    Thank you in advance 🙂

    1. Hi Kamil san,

      You can use Kanku Chikatoku to get Umeda but you need to change trains at Namba. The easiest way to get Osaka is JR rapid train. You need to pay single fare at 1190 yen but it’s direct.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/how-to-get-kansai-airport-and-wakayama-kansai-airport-rapid-service-and-kishuji-rapid-service.html

      I think you will be able to take either train to Osaka or Umeda via Namba.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi, I read about Kurama Kibune Sansaku for travelling from Kyoto to Kurama and Kibune. I tried to find more info about this pass but there is not that much information about the details. May I know
    1. which train line is covered
    2. what is the coverage area (can I use it from Nijo (Kyoto) station to Kurama/Kibune)
    3. what else is covered beside train
    4. is this a one day pass
    Many thanks beforehand for the info. Greatly appreciate it.

    Rgds
    Saut

    1. Hi Saut,

      This deal covers only Eizan railway round trip between Demachiyanagi and Kurama/Kibune, admission fee for Kurama temple and Kurama Onsen. It does not cover any other places in Kyoto. Of course you cannot take train from Nijo by this pass. You have to get Demachiyanagi which is two stations away from Gion-shijo first. It is one day pass. Please see the link below. You will find some more info in page 2.
      https://eizandensha.co.jp/files/pdf/common/E-Guide.pdf

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Good Afterrnon.

    Can I ask for your suggestion?

    I will be travelling from Kansai Airport – Kyoto – Takayama – Shirakawago – Osaka – Kansai Airport.

    Which transportation pass will it best suit for my 8 days itinerary?
    1) JR Pass
    2) ICOCA & HARUKA
    3) JR West Kansai Pass
    or do you have any other suggestion besides this?

    Thank you 🙂

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        1) What you are trying to say is for the first 5 days (which I will be travelling from Kansai Airport – Kyoto – Takayama – Shirwakawago) , I can use the Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass. Therefore, from Kyoto – Takayama, I will need to go through Kanazawa and Toyama before I can arrive at Takayama? Because I will be staying in Takayama for 2 nights.

        2) How about from Takayama – Osaka?

        3) Then for the remaining days which I will be travelling in Osaka and Osaka – Kansai Airport, I can add ICOCA&HARUKA or other days in Kansai area?

        1. Hi Yvean,

          If you use Takayama Hokuriku area pass, you need to go through Kanazawa and Toyama (or Kanazawa and Shirakawago). When you go back to Osaka, you need to take same route.
          If you want to get Takayama from Kyoto and go back to Osaka from Takayama without going through Toyama and Kanazawa, you need to take single fare ticket. There is no deals to cover this route. Even if you use single fare, it’s still much cheaper than JR pass.

          Otherwise you may take express bus. Advanced reservation is required.
          https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/highwaybus/osaka.pdf

          You need to add the cost for bus to Shirakawago and ICOCA and Haruka for KIX to Kyoto. Total cost will be higher than Takayama Hokuriku area pass but you can get Takayama from Kyoto/Osaka directly. The choice is yours.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. 1) Therefore, I can choose 2 options. First, is Kyoto – Kanazawa – Toyama – Takayama using the LTD. EXP Thunderbird, Hokuriku Shinkansen & JR train. Second, is Kyoto – Kanazawa – Shirakawago – Takayama using the LTD. EXP Thunderbird & Nohi Bus. Is that right? Anyways, we will be having our luggage with us. So, any recommendations on which options do you think will be more convenient and fastest?

            2) Nohi Bus from Takayama – Shirakawago – Takayama (round trip) is included in the Takayama Hokuriku Area Pass right?

            3) Is it worth it if I purchase the Kansai Thru Pass 2-Days when I am in Osaka? I will be heading to Osaka from Takayama on the fifth day’s evening. And will be flying back via KIX on eight day’s morning.

            Thank you.

          2. Hi Yvean,

            1. That’s right.
            Nohi bus route is easier because you need to change trains/buses only once at Kanazawa. Don’t forget to book a seat for the bus in advance. Reservation is required to take bus from Kanazawa. You cannot book online. You need to book over the phone.
            https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/english/highwaybus/shirakawago.pdf

            2. Yes.

            3. It does not work. It’s too expensive. Use the deals in the link 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
            https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi Takeshi,
    I would like to ask regarding train from KIX to Osaka. My accommodation will be near to Imamiyaebisu station.

    1. If I buy Kanku Chikatoku Ticket (1000 yen), can I alight at Tengachaya and then take the subway to Imamiyaebisu, or do I have to alight at Namba station and take the subway?

    2. When I checked at Hyperdia, the total cost shown from KIX to Imamiyaebisu is 920 yen. I am just curious why the price stated is cheaper than the Kanku Chikatoku Ticket?

    3. Similarly, if I buy Kanku Tokuwari Rapi:t Ticket / Kanku-Webtoku Ticket, can I alight at Tengachaya?

    Thank You!

    1. Hi MJ,

      1. No, you need to change it at Namba only.

      2. Single ticket is better choice because you don’t need to take subway. Imamiyaebisu station is not subway station but Nankai railway station.

      3. You can get off at Tengachaya. And also you can change to local train to Imamiyaebisu by this ticket if you don’t exit at Tengachaya station.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  6. Hi Takeshi,

    Our family’s gonna visit Japan for 10 days. We’ll arrive in Osaka first and then travel to Nara, Kyoto, Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Takayama, Nagoya, Tokyo and Hakone. I’ve already bought JR 7-day pass for our group. The main thing I’m concerned now is whether use the pass for the first 7 days or last 7 days.

    The itineraries are as follows:
    Day 1: Arrive at Kansai Airport. Our hotel is near Sakuraminoya Station in Osaka Loop Line.
    Day 2: Nara in the morning and Osaka in the evening
    Day 3: Osaka – Kyoto Gion station
    Day 4: Kyoto
    Day 5: Kyoto – Kanazawa by Thunderbird Express
    Day 6: Kanazawa – Shirakawago – Takayama by Nohi Bus. Get to Nagoya by Hida Wide View to spend the night there
    Day 7: Nagoya for half a day. Take Tokaido Shinkansen to Tokyo. Transfer to Okubo Station
    Day 8: Tokyo
    Day 9: Tokyo
    Day 10: Hakone/Kawaguchigo . Back to Tokyo to Haneda Airport at Midnight.

    If I spend the JR pass for the first 7 days, I will have to buy SUICA/PASMO or Tokyo 3-day pass for the last 3 days. Or else, I will have to buy ICOCA/Haruka Express when arrive in Kansai Airport and local pass to travel in the Kansai Area. However, I understand that I still have to buy local subway/bus card to use in each city ( Nara, Kyoto, Kanazawa/Shirakawago/Takayama, Nagoya, Tokyo and Hakone). So my last question is how many and which IC card or local pass I need to buy to utilize them to the fulllest?

    Thank you for taking time reading and answering my question. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,
    Claire

    1. Hi Claire,

      I recommend you to use it for the first 7 days. But actually you cannot get the worth of 7 days pass by anyways in your trip. So try to take JR trains as much as you can and take nicer trains as much as you can. For example, for Osaka to Kyoto, commute trains connects Kyoto and Osaka in 30 minutes directly. But you can take Shinkansen even though it’s only 10 minutes ride. You need to change trains at Shin-Osaka. But you should do it to get the worth.

      In Kyoto, the coverage is limited. But you can take JR trains to get Arashiyama and Fushimi. Please see the link below:
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      Add other deal, like bus pass in Kyoto.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

      In Osaka, JR pass may be cover all places.
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

      You need to add single fare for bus to Takayama/Shirakawago.

      In Nagoya, single fare may be okay.

      In Tokyo, you can add subway pass. But two days pass is okay.
      https://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

      At last, you need to add Fuji Hakone Pass on day 10. It’s very tight to see both Hakone and Lake Kawaguchi in one day.
      https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1-day/fuji-hakone-one-day-trip-sample-itinerary-you-can-visit-both-lake-kawaguchi-and-hakone-by-day-trip-from-tokyo.html

      Single fare is okay to get Haneda. Subway pass does not cover to get Haneda either. That’s why two days pass is okay.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Hi Takeshi San,

    I am thinking of buying the kintetsu rail pass to start my journey from Nagoya to Ise-Shima. I was looking thru the information of the train but I am confused as to whether do i need to take limited express train or not from Nagoya to Ise and to Toba. Can you please advise. Thanks

      1. Hi Takeshi San,

        So with the Kintetsu rail pass for 5 days, I still can use the express train to Ise-Shima right? As long as not the limited express, I do not have to pay extra charge correct?

        Brandon

  8. Hi Takeshi San,
    I am bit confused by so many various types of ticket from Kansai Airport to Osaka city. Basically as I am from Malaysia, the travel agents do not sell these discounted ticket and I remembered I purchase before 1500 yen Airport to Osaka by Rapid T and one day unlimited osaka pass for subway. Can I still buy this special deal upon arrival in Kansai?

    If I were to go online to buy the Kanku-Webtoku Ticket, where is the website link?

    Also, what will be the best deal discounted ticket for tourist like me upon arrival?

    Brandon

    1. Hi Brandon san,

      It’s Yokoso Osaka ticket and you need to order online in advance. Please see the link below:
      http://www.howto-osaka.com/en/ticket/ticket/yokoso.html
      http://www1.nanka-e-tabi.com/NEREN/itemlist.aspx?sk=1&ib=YOT

      For info about Webtoku
      http://www.howto-osaka.com/en/ticket/ticket/webtoku.html
      http://www1.nanka-e-tabi.com/NEREN/itemlist.aspx?sk=1&ib=KIX

      If you have sightseeing in Osaka after arrival, Yokoso Osaka ticket is the best deal.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi San,

        Thank you for your prompt response. How about the Nankai 2 day pass at 2000? Does this include the limited express rapid T?

        Brandon

  9. Hi Takeshi-san,
    I am planning a trip from 10-20 December 2017. I will arriving at 9:20pm on the 10th of Dec. Do you think it’s a good idea to stay at the Nikko airport hotel and catch the train to Kyoto ?
    I then plan to stay in Kyoto for 3 nights( plan to cover Nara ) then head to kinosaki onsen for a night before heading into Osaka ( I plan to do day trips to Kobe , Arima onsen, Hiroshima and Miyajima) for 4 nights. Then I will stay at a small inn near the rinku outlet for the last night .
    Do you think I should take the JR from the kix to Kyoto ? Should I buy jr pass or the Kansai thru pass or some other pass? Please advise, thanks.

    Chee Wah

    1. Hi Chee Wah san,

      You can stay near airport. You still can go to Kyoto on arrival day by midnight bus. Please see the link below:
      http://www.kate.co.jp/en/timetable/detail/KY

      It’s totally up to you.

      If you stay near airport and go to Kyoto next day, you may use Haruka discount ticket to Kyoto at 1,600 yen.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/icoca-and-haruka-ticket-very-flexible-and-good-deal-for-tourist-who-stay-in-kansai.html

      And you may use Kansai Hiroshima area pass for trip to Nara, Kyoto-Kinosaki-Osaka, and Hiroshima/Miyajima.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/kansai-hiroshima-area-pass-perfect-deal-for-the-traveller-who-wants-travel-both-kansai-and-hiroshima.html

      As long as 5 days period of Kansai Hiroshima area pass covers these trips, you can start using it anytime. It can be used in Osaka and Kyoto. But some of the spots cannot be accessed by this pass in Kyoto and Osaka.
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      https://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      You may add other deals in Osaka and Kyoto.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html

      You can get Kobe by this pass. But Arima onsen is not covered. You need to take a bus from Sannomiya station.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/basic-informations/station-information/kobe-sannomiya-stations-guide-check-the-location-and-connections-between-many-sannomiya-stations.html

      Single ticket is okay for Osaka to Rinku and Rinku to KIX.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi-san, thank you very much for your prompt reply. We are a party of 4 plus 1 child (11). Should I buy 5 tickets for the Haruka discount ticket to Kyoto? Or just buy 4 and use the ICOCA or Kansai one pass for my child?

        For my Kyoto-Kinosaki-Osaka trips, I will definitely get the Kansai Hiroshima pass you recommended. I am planning day 2 to day 4 in Kyoto then day 5 in Kinosaki. Day 6-9 will be in Osaka with day trips out to Kobe, Arima Onsen, Hiroshima, and Miyajima. Should I buy 2 Kansai Hiroshima pass? Would you recommend staying overnight in Hiroshima or Miyajima or do a day trip from Osaka? I should get my pass in Singapore then, if I plan to buy more than 1 ?

        1. Hi Chee Wah san,

          Haruka discount ticket is not available for kids. Kansai area pass 1 day is substitute choice.

          Don’t purchase 2 x Kansai Hiroshima area pass. You just need to use it for trip to Nara, trip to Kinosaki, and trip to Hirohsima/ Miyajima. As I mentioned, you may use local deals when you don’t use Kansai Hiroshima area pass.

          If you can stay in Hiroshima, that’s better. But day trip is possible.
          https://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1-day/day-trip-to-hiroshima-and-miyajima-from-osakakyoto.html

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hi Takeshi san, here is my itinerary outline.
            Day 1 : arrival at KIX 21:20 check in to Hotel Nikko at KIX
            Day 2 : 5 pax, Buy 4 x Haruka discount tickets and 1 x kansai one pass for my child, for my trip to kyoto.
            Should I buy 4 more Kanzai one pass for the adults?
            Check in to hotel . Buy kyoto day pass ?
            day 3: kyoto to Nara (start using Kansai Hiroshima pass)
            Day 4: Travel to Kinosaki Onsen (Kansai Hiroshima Pass)
            Day 5: Travel from Kinosaki to Osaka (Kansai Hiroshima Pass)
            Check into Osaka Hotel near Namba
            Day 6: Day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima (Kansai Hiroshima pass)
            Day 7: Kobe and Himeji castle day trip (Kansai Hiroshima pass)
            Day 8: free day in Osaka
            Day 9: last day in Osaka and travel to Rinku, check into Inn near Rinku (Local train to IzumiSano station)
            Day 10: Last day in Japan, departure 11pm flight.

            Please tell if my plans can work? and what other passes do I need to buy?

          2. Hi Hui Chee Wah san,

            I recommend you to use Kansai area pass one day for KIX to Kyoto for child. Kansai one pass covers only base fare and need to add seat fee for taking Haruka.
            https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/how-to-use-jr-west-kansai-area-pass-compare-pass-and-single-fare.html

            For sightseeing in Kyoto, please refer the link below and find the best one for you.
            https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

            Fro day 8, please see the link 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

            If you have Kansai one pass, you can get Rinku by this pass. Otherwise use single fare ticket.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

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