Kansai Airport Limited Express Haruka route and timetable. Direct access to Shin Osaka, Tennoji and Kyoto from Kansai airport

Kansai (KIX)
Limited Express Haruka from KIX is covered by this pass.
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 if you arrive in Kansai airport. It is operated between Kansai (Osaka) airport, Tennoji, Shin-Osaka, 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 JR Pass and take this train to Osaka. JR 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

Haruka runs between Kansai airport and Kyoto, Kusatsu, Maibara. But most of trips run between Kansai airport and Kyoto. Train to/from Kusatsu and Maibara run in early morning and late evening only as a commute express train.

Please see the operation route in the map below:

Limited Express Haruka operation map (Click to view large)

If you are looking for the timetable of Haruka, you can find it in my PDF timetable in the link below:

Due to COVID-19, it may be operated on a schedule different from the normal timetable. Check the train schedule on Hyperdia.
Hyperdia perfect guide, train timetable and route search engine

Special tickets and passes to cover Haruka

There are some deals available to cover this train.

JR West Kansai Area Pass

This pass is designed for unlimited JR train ride in Kansai area. But you can use one day pass to get on Haruka. This pass covers non reserved seat on Haruka. The online price of one day pass is 2,200 yen. You can purchase this online or Kansai airport station on the spot. The online price is slightly cheaper than a regular ticket (basic fare + non reserved seat fee = 2,330 yen) from Kansai airport to Shin-Osaka. If you go to Shin-Osaka or Kyoto and make some trips on JR lines, this pass gives you a great deal. Please see the link below to find the details:

how to use JR Kansai Area Pass. Compare this pass and regular fare

ICOCA and Haruka, Kansai One Pass and Haruka, Haruka discount ticket

If you take some local trains after arrival by Haruka, this special combination deal offers you a good deal and convenience. This is a discount price ticket to take non reserved seat on Haruka and IC card which covers most transportation. Please see the post below to find more information:

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

Other rail passes to cover Haruka

The following deals cover this train, Haruka:

Accommodation

Hotels in Kansai International Airport
Hotels in Kyoto
Hotels in Nara
Hotels in Kobe
Hotels in Osaka

JR West 281 series and 271 series are used for Haruka. 281 series was introduced at the same time of Kansai airport opened in 1994. 271 series was introduced in July, 2019 because of increasing demand. But both series look almost same.

*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 headrest is quite small.

Ordinary seat

The seat configuration is 2+2. The table is so small and the size is not enough for eat and using a laptop.

Washroom and other facilities

Baggage storage area

This storage does not have any lock and security.

Haruka train formation

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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

Comments

  1. tlcnfamily
    Elaine says:

    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. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Elaine

  2. Katrina says:

    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!

  3. James says:

    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?

    Thanks

  4. Paul John says:

    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:
    https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/howto/ticket_02.html#fqtop

    “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. 🙂

  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. Ernie says:

    Hi Takeshi, Can I ask how to buy Haruka ticket and icoca card in going to Kyoto from Kansai airport?

  7. Dave says:

    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.
    Thanks!

  8. Nicol says:

    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?

    Thanks!

  9. pointmile
    Jay says:

    Dear Takeshi,

    Can I use Surutto Kansai pass to ride Limited Express Haruka from Kansai airport to Tennoji without additional charges??

    http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html

  10. GAL says:

    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

    • Takeshi Shimomura, Author of JPRail.com
      Takeshi / JPRail.com says:

      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.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      • GAL says:

        TQ Takeshi

        Adding…
        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

        • Takeshi Shimomura, Author of JPRail.com
          Takeshi / JPRail.com says:

          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.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

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