Kyoto

Rail pass for visitors

Sanyo Area Pass. Good deal for the tourist who visits Kansai, Hiroshima and Hakata

*This deal will be sold until February 28, 2015 and can be exchanged until May 31, 2015. On March 1, 2015, this deal...
Kansai (KIX)

How to access to Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe from late arrival flight at Kansai Airport-KIX

I have received many inquiries about access to Osaka from the flight that arrive after 21:00 at Kansai airport (KIX)...
Kansai Area

Kyoto train route guide. How to choose the best route by train to get the major spots?

There are lots of the train lines and subway lines in Kyoto. This post shows you the train network in Kyoto. You can learn how to get the major places in Kyoto.
7 to 9 days

Sample itinerary of Kyoto, Hakone, Fuji and Tokyo classic route

I have received many inquiries about Osaka-Tokyo one way trip plus Hakone and Fuji. In this case, Japan Rail Pass is t...
Fare table

For non JR pass travellers. Guide to use JR single ticket, basic rules, validity and stopover

The train ticket rule is very complicated in Japan. But you may have to use the regular fare ticket because it is cheaper than the rail pass. This post explains you the basic ticket rule as easy as possible.
7 to 9 days

Sample itinerary Tokyo to Osaka in just 7 days by Japan Rail Pass 7 days

I have received many inquiries about Tokyo - Osaka one way trip from many readers. But Japan Rail Pass 7 days is too...
Chubu Area

Ise access guide. Kintetsu is the best way but we can use JR Pass too.

Ise is well known as home of Ise Grand Shrine (Ise Jingu). This is one of the most sacred and most famous Shinto shr...
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara

ICOCA and Haruka, Kansai One Pass and Haruka, and Haruka discount ticket. Very flexible and good deal for tourist who stay in Kansai.

Kansai One Pass and Haruka, ICOCA and Haruka and Haruka discount ticket are the special discount deals which is designed for the overseas passengers only. If you buy Kansai One Pass and Haruka or ICOCA and Haruka, you can take the limited express Haruka at the discount rate and IC card. This post explains you how to choose this deal and how to use this deal.
1 to 3 days

Kansai Thru Pass sample itineraries

There are lots of NON JR trains in Kansai. Most of them can be taken by Kansai Thru Pass. If you visit Osaka and mak...
Chugoku Area

Sanin area train access guide. How to access to Kinosaki, Izumo, Matsue, Tottori and other major cities in Sanin area.

This post shows you the train network in Sanin area. You can find the train route to get Sanin area from Osaka, Kyoto, Okayama, Himeji, Shin-Yamaguchi.
Kobe, Himeji

The limited express Super Hakuto train guide. The fastest train access to Tottori from Osaka and Kyoto

Super Hakuto is the limited express train which connects Tottori, Kurayoshi, Osaka and Kyoto. This is the fastest access route to Tottori from Osaka. Please find the information about this train in this post.
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara

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

This posts explains you how to use Kansai Area Pass. It is one of JR West rail passes and it covers whole part of Kansai area.
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara

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

Kansai thru pass is one of the best option to travel in Kansai area, such as Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Himeji, Wakayama, Koyasan. This post shows you how to use this pass.
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara

Nara access guide from Osaka, Kyoto, Kansai airport and Kobe by JR, Kintetsu Railway and Airport bus

Nara is one of popular places in Kansai area. This post explains you how to get Nara from several places in Kansai area.
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara

Kansai WIDE Area Pass user guide. The best deal for the traveler who want to travel Kansai and surrounding areas, such as Okayama, Kurashiki, Kinosaki and Kumano.

Kansai Wide Area Pass offers bigger coverage area than Kansai Area Pass. This pass covers Kansai area and surrounding places, such as Kinosaki, Kurashiki, Okayama, Kii-Katsuura. Please find the details about Kansai Wide Area Pass in this post.
Network of JR trains

Kansai train networks guide. How to move between Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara and Wakayama. Make sure JR lines and non JR lines

There are many train running in Kansai region, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and surrounding places. This post shows you the train network in Kansai region. You can find the difference of JR and non JR lines and which train you should take in your trip.
Takayama, Kanazawa and Shirakawago

How to access to Kanazawa and Toyama from Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya and Niigata.

Kanazawa is very popular destination in Hokuriku region. Toyama is also well known as the gateway to Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route and Kurobe gorge. In this post, I will show you the access to these cities from Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya and Niigata.
Kinosaki Onsen, Aanohashidate, Toyooka, Fukuchiyama, Maizuru

Direct transfer to Kinosaki and Maizuru from Kyoto, Limited Express Kinosaki / Maizuru

Kinosaki (きのさき) connects Kyoto (京都) with Kinosaki-Onsen (城崎温泉), Toyooka (豊岡) and Fukuchiyama (福知山). When you go to t...
14 to 20 days

Throughout Japan 14 days sample itinerary by Japan Rail Pass 14 days pass

This itinerary includes many popular spots throughout Japan in 14 days. This itinerary starts from Tokyo. But if you...
Aomori, Shin-Aomori, Hirosaki

Overnight limited express train Nihonkai

***This train scheduled service was discontinued on March, 2012 due to small demand. It is operated as a seasonal ...
Kansai (KIX)

Kansai airport terminal, station, and access guide. Find the best way and best deal for Kansai airport to Osaka.

This post shows you everything you need to know when you arrive in Kansai airport. You can find the ticket window, the station and how to find the best deal to get Osaka, Kyoto and other places.
7 to 9 days

West Japan (Kyoto, Hiroshima and Kyushu) 7 days sample itinerary by Japan Rail Pass 7 days

This itinerary includes Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Miyajima and North part of Kyushu (Hakata, Nagasaki, Aso and Beppu)...
Kyoto, Nara

Rapid train service to Nara from Kyoto by Japan Railways, Miyakoji Rapid Service

Miyakoji Rapid Service is the fastest local train that is operated between Kyoto (=京都) and Nara (=奈良). Most of local...
Kobe, Himeji

JR Special Rapid Service, most useful train among Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Himeji.

JR Special Rapid runs between Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Himeji. Some trips runs to Banshu Ako, Kamigori and Tsuruga. This is most convenient and very fast train. This post shows you the information with some images of Special Rapid train.
Kansai Airport, Wakayama, Mt. Koya

Most economical transfer, No express surcharge! Rapid Service Network in Kansai area

JR West operates many commute trains, rapid and local between 5:30 am and midnight. But when you travel in Kansai ...
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