Direct access to Shin Osaka, Kyoto from Kansai airport, Kansai Airport Limited Express “Haruka”

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.

Kansai Airport Limited Express Haruka may be your first train in Japan. It is operated between Kansai (Osaka) airport and Greater Osaka area, Kyoto, Kusatsu and Maibara. But please be careful that Haruka does not stop at Osaka station. It stop at Tennoji and Shin-Osaka. If you want to go to Osaka station, you have to transfer to the local train at Shin-Osaka. This express train has 30 round trips a day and are operated mostly every 30 minutes.

After you arrive Kansai airport, you can exchange your Japan Rail Pass and take this train to Osaka. Japan Rail Pass cover fully this train. Haruka takes you to Shin-Osaka station for about 1 hour. It is fast and convenient. But this train does not take you to Osaka station and does not drop you off at the door of Hotel either. We have an Airport limousine bus to many place in Greater Osaka and Hi-speed ferry service to Kobe. So if you go to Greater Osaka area, I recommend you to take other transportation.

And also if you stay several days in downtown Osaka, please think about saving your rail pass days. Please refer this tips.

Route and stations

Kansai Airport(関西空港) x
Hineno(日根野) *
Izumi-Fuchu(和泉府中) *
Tennoji(天王寺) x
Shin-Osaka(新大阪) x
Kyoto(京都) x
Yamashina(山科) x
Otsu(大津) x
Ishiyama(石山) x
Kusatsu(草津) x
Moriyama(守山) x
Yasu(野洲) x
Oumi-Hachiman(近江八幡) x
Hikone(彦根) x
Maibara(米原) x

x:All train stop *:some train stop

If you are looking for the timetable of Haruka, you can find it at the bottom of JR West website.

View Haruka (Kansai Airport Express) in a larger map

Special tickets and passes for Haruka

Japan Rail Pass cover this train. But if you think about purchasing single ticket, think about “JR West Kansai Area Pass” or “ICOCA and Haruka”.

JR West Kansai Area Pass

This pass is originally designed for unlimited ride in Kansai area. But you can use one day pass to get on Haruka only. The price of one day pass is 2,000 yen. You can purchase at Kansai airport station on the spot. This is cheaper than single ticket (basic fare + limited express surcharge = 2,470 yen) from Kansai airport to Shin-Osaka. If you go to Shin-Osaka and beyond, you will get much greater deal. Please see JR West site to get the details.

ICOCA and Haruka

If you take some local trains after arrival by Haruka, this special combination ticket gives you the best deal. Especially round trip type is cheaper than round trip by Haruka between Kansai airport and Shin-Osaka. Please see the post, ICOCA and Haruka ticket. Very flexible and good deal for tourist who stay in Kansai to get the details.


JR West 281 series is used for Haruka. This train was introduced at the same time of Kansai airport opened in 1994.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images of accommodations below.

Green seat

The seat configuration is 2+1. It is a big seat, but the head rest is so small.
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Ordinary seat

The seat configuration is 2+2. The table is so small. It cannot be used for eating, drinking and using a laptop.
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Washroom and other facilities

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Haruka has some luggage storage. But it does not have any lock and security.
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Haruka train information

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Some trains are operated by 9 cars formation.

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*G=Green seat R=Reserved seat NR=Non reserved seat

304 thoughts on “Direct access to Shin Osaka, Kyoto from Kansai airport, Kansai Airport Limited Express “Haruka””

  1. Dear Takeshi,

    Need advise on best ticket type for our upcoming trip to Tokyo/Osaka.
    Travelling pax: 2 Adults + 2 Kids (age 12&14)

    1 20-Dec-17 Tokyo (Haneda Airport)
    2 21-Dec-17 Tokyo
    3 22-Dec-17 Tokyo
    4 23-Dec-17 Tokyo
    5 24-Dec-17 Tokyo
    6 25-Dec-17 Tokyo – Takayama (via Nagoya)
    7 26-Dec-17 Takayama – Shirakawago – Kanazawa
    8 27-Dec-17 Kanazawa
    9 28-Dec-17 Kanazawa – Kyoto
    10 29-Dec-17 Kyoto
    11 30-Dec-17 Kyoto
    12 31-Dec-17 Kyoto – Osaka
    13 1-Jan-18 Osaka
    14 2-Jan-18 Osaka (Kansai Airport)

    Thank you. 🙂


  2. Dear Takeshi,
    I’ll be staying in Shin-Osaka on April 6 to 7 and my planned itinerary for these two days are as follows:
    Day 1 (April 6) – Tour Osaka (like Namba, Dotobori, etc).
    Day 2 (April 7) – Tour Osaka, visit Osaka Castle, and then go to Kansai Airport for my return home.
    Do you think getting Osaka Day Pass (2 for two days) would cover the subways and trains from Shin-Osaka to downtown Osaka and within Osaka? More importantly, will the Osaka Day Pass cover the train from Namba to Kansai Airport ? The Osaka Day Pass is about 800 yens. Thank you for answering my questions!

    1. Hi Katrina,

      I think you mean Eco card at 800 yen. If so, it covers all part of downtown Osaka. But there are some more deals available in Osaka. Please see the link below to find more info:

      Any deals for sightseeing in Osaka does not cover trip to KIX from Namba. You have to pay single fare at 920 yen or use other deal if you want to take limited express train.


      Takeshi /

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        We will travel in Kyoto and Osaka next week. This is our first trip in Japan. Could you give us suggestions on what kind of tickets we should purchase? Below is our itinerary.
        Day1, from KIX to Kyoto
        Day2 – Day4, sightseeing Kyoto
        Day5, heading for Arashiyama, staying in Arashiyama
        Day6, sightseeing Arashiyama, and heading to Osaka
        Day7 – Day8, sightseeing Osaka, to KIX on Day8 night

        Thank you for answering my questions.

  3. Need advise on best ticket type for my upcoming trip to Osaka and Kyoto:
    Day 1: arrive KIX (evening), stay at Osaka. May tour around Osaka
    Day 2: visit Osaka and may go Osaka castle, floating garden and etc.. Stay at Osaka
    Day 3: Haruka train to Osaka, visit Kyoto
    Day 4: visit Kyoto
    Day 5: visit Kyoto, Haruka train back to Osaka
    Day 6: visit Osaka, Haruka train to KIX

    Shall I get Osaka amazing pass for day 2?
    Any good day pass to cover Kyoto?
    Is ICOCA+Haruka card a good choice for the rest of the days?


    1. Hi James,

      I cannot say ICOCA and Haruka is the best choice or not for day 1 and 6. It depends on your place to stay in Osaka. Please see the link below to find it.

      Amazing pass is okay for day 2 and Kansai thru pass is the best choice for day 3 to 5.
      You cannot take Haruka by this pass but you can take either Hankyu railway or Keihan railway to get Kyoto from Osaka and this pass covers subway in Osaka and Kyoto, city bus and many other Non JR trains.


      Takeshi /

  4. Hello!

    First time travelling to Japan. We’ll land at KIX Airport then head straight to Kyoto, so naturally, the Haruka is perhaps the best solution. We don’t plan on buying ICOCA and HARUKA nor JAPAN RAIL PASS, but plenty of sites seem to say that these tickets “covers” the limited express train, so I’m not sure if it’s possible to buy a regular ticket from KIX to Kyoto using Haruka.

    According to the first video here:

    “If you wish to get on a Limited Express Train, you will need to purchase a Limited Express ticket IN ADDITION to the fare.”

    This is also what confuses me. Will we need to purchase tickets two times or go to two different vendors? Thank you so much for the clarification. 🙂

    1. Hi Paul,

      You can purchase Haruka discount ticket which is like ICOCA and Haruka without ICOCA version.

      If you buy this, this ticket covers both base fare ticket and limited express.

      If you buy a regular ticket, you have to purchase two tickets, base fare ticket and limited express seat ticket. You can purchase these tickets at same time and at same window.


      Takeshi /

  5. Dear Takeshi,

    This is my first time to Osaka and need some advice. I will be arriving on 26 jan late morning and need to travel from KIX to Osaka – Nipponbashi and staying for 4 days.

    Please advise (1) what’s the best cost saving pass I should buy for the whole journey and (2) can I purchase all the passes from the airport ?

    Thank you.

    Benedict Ng

  6. Dear Takeshi,
    I need a one-way Haruka ticket from Shin-Osaka to Kansai airport. Where do I go to purchase this?
    Is the one-way Haruka ticket valid only on the day of purchase? My flight is in the early morning and I would prefer not to rush if I can buy it the night before.

    1. Hi Dave,

      Please see the link below and you will find the location of ticket office (“Collection and purchase of rail pass”).

      I have never done but I think you can purchase it on the day before. By the way, the first Haruka depart from Shin-Osaka at 6:17 and arrive at KIX at 7:11. Is this okay for your flight? If it’s not early enough, you have to take bus from Umeda. Haruka ticket is not suitable.


      Takeshi /

  7. Dear Takeshi,

    I will arrive Kansai Airport on 24/12 at 9.30pm. I planning to go to Shiragawa-go on the next day early morning. Shall I take Haruka to Shin Osaka for the next early morning train or I should go to Osaka? May I know what is the last train to go to Shin Osaka and Osaka station?


  8. Dear Takeshi
    After reading the articles about transportation and some of the comments on your site, I had summarised my itinerary as follows:

    Day 1 (SUN) KIX to Kyoto (using Haruka – one way 1600yen + Kyoto day1 pass – 1200yen)
    My ETA is at 11.00am.
    So after reaching Kyoto, I will explore southern and central part of Kyoto

    Day 2 (MON) Kyoto (Kyoto day2 pass – 1200yen)
    I will explore western part of Kyoto and free & easy

    Day 3 (TUE) Kyoto to Namba to Nara (Kansai Thru Pass)
    I will depart from Kyoto to Namba station (check in luggage to hotel) then proceed to Nara
    Nightlife at Namba areas

    Day 4 (WED) Namba to Kobe (Kansai Thru Pass)

    Day 5 (THU) Umeda + Osaka area (Amazing Osaka Pass 2300yen or ICOCA2000yen or Eco card 800yen)
    I will be using Amazing Osaka for transportation and sightseeing and Umeda areas

    Day 6 (FRI) Osaka area (ICOCA-2000yen or Eco card 800yen)
    Free and Easy or maybe will go Tennoji area

    Day 7 (SAT) Namba to KIX (namkai railway 920yen)

    Would you comment on my itinerary? TQ

    1. Hi GAL,

      You have chosen right deals. I have only one thing to mention to you. You may use ICOCA and Haruka on arrival day. You can get ICOCA on same day.
      Even if you will use Eco Card on day 6, you still can use it on day 7 to take Nankai train. When you explore Kyoto, you can use ICOCA if you need to take other than city bus and subway. ICOCA will useful in your trip anyway.


      Takeshi /

      1. TQ Takeshi

        Can I amend little bit my itinenary as per below? And which one you feel better n safe cost?

        Day 1 (SUN) KIX to Kyoto (buy Haruka – one way 1600yen + ICOCA+ day1 pass – 1200yen)
        My ETA is at 11.00am.
        So after reaching Kyoto, I will explore southern and central part of Kyoto

        Day 2 (MON) Kyoto to Nara(return)
        (Kansai Thru Pass-2000yen)
        used as un-conservative for (mon&wed)

        Day 3 (TUE) Kyoto to Namba(ICOCA)

        Day 4 (WED) Namba to Kobe (Kansai Thru Pass)

        Day 5 (THU) Umeda + Osaka area (Amazing Osaka Pass 2300yen)

        Day 6 (FRI) Osaka area (ICOCA-2000yen or Eco card 800yen)

        Day 7 (SAT) Namba to KIX (namkai railway 920yen

        1. Hi GAL,

          This one is cheaper but you don’t have enough time to see Kyoto. If you mean that you will arrive in KIX at 11:00, you may be Kyoto around 14:00 or later. You will spend one hour to clear custom and immigration. And you probably spend at least 30 minutes to get a ticket. And then you can leave for Kyoto.

          I don’t think you can see both central and southern Kyoto on arrival day. But the choice is yours.


          Takeshi /

          1. TQ Takeshi for good comment.

            Actually I reach KIX airport at 8:25am, plus n minus estimate reach Kyoto at 11:00am. 😉

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