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

Limited Express Haruka at Kansai Airport station
Limited Express Haruka at Kansai Airport station

You may travel in Kansai area only and not travel throughout Japan. You may have one way trip from Osaka to Tokyo. For these travelers, ICOCA and Haruka gives you a good deal for Kansai airport to Osaka, Kyoto and Nara.

This deal gives you access to Osaka and Kyoto by Limited Express Haruka and 1500 yen preloaded e-money in ICOCA card.

I will tell you what this deal is and how to use it.

What is Haruka?

ICOCA card regular type. You will get different design card when you purchase ICOCA and Haruka (C) Matthieu Michon
ICOCA card regular type. You will get different design card when you purchase ICOCA and Haruka (C) Matthieu Michon

Haruka is limited express train that gives you direct transfer from Kansai International Airport (KIX) to Tennoji, Shin-Osaka and Kyoto. This train does not stop at Osaka station (Umeda). But it is only one station away from Shin-Osaka. This is only direct train service to Kyoto from KIX. If you go to Kyoto, I highly recommend to take this train because this is the fastest and most convenient choice. Please see the post, Limited Express Haruka to get more details.

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

What is ICOCA

It is e-money IC card. This deals included 1500 yen e-money. You may get some more information at the link below:

JR West Official ICOCA user guide (PDF)

You can use this e-money not only JR trains but also Osaka subway, Kyoto subway, most of private train companies (Hankyu, Keihan, Kintetsu and many more) and even city bus in major cities, like Kyoto. You can use it for shopping in kiosk in the station, nation wide convenience store (Lawson, Family Mart, Seven Eleven) and even some of major electronics retail store.

If you go to other major cities, like Tokyo, Nagoya, Sapporo, Hakata, Hiroshima after staying in Kansai area, you still can use ICOCA. So you can take most of trains in other areas by ICOCA, such as subway in Tokyo, JR train in Sapporo and many more.

Kansai One Pass

This card is same type card as ICOCA. But this card is designed for overseas tourist. You can take any trains and most of bus services in Kansai area. The way of using Kansai One Pass is exactly same as ICOCA. And also you can get a discount at many many attractions. If you intend to purchase ICOCA, Kansai One Pass is better option now.

Please see the link below to find the detailed information.

Kansai One Pass official site

Price

Actually you can get only Haruka discount ticket if you you have already got ICOCA card or Kansai one pass.

ICOCA and Haruka price table

Destination Haruka service section One way Round trip
Osaka, Shin-Osaka KIX – Shin-Osaka 3,300 4,600
Tennoji, JR-Namba KIX – Tennoji 3,100 4,200
Kyoto, Saga-Arashiyama KIX – Kyoto 3,600 5,200
Nara KIX – Tennoji 3,400 4,800
Kobe, Sannomiya KIX – Shin-Osaka 3,500 5,000

Haruka ticket only price table

Destination Haruka service section One way Round trip
Osaka, Shin-Osaka KIX – Shin-Osaka 1,300 2,600
Tennoji, JR-Namba KIX – Tennoji 1,100 2,200
Kyoto, Saga-Arashiyama KIX – Kyoto 1,600 3,200
Nara KIX – Tennoji 1,400 2,800
Kobe, Sannomiya KIX – Shin-Osaka 1,500 3,000
  • One way type ticket is only available both direction, such as KIX to Osaka and Osaka to KIX. But you cannot purchase the ticket to the airport online. You have to purchase it at the station after arrival.
  • One way type ticket must be used on the day of purchase. Round trip ticket is valid for 14 days.
  • ICOCA can be used whenever you want. ICOCA will be expires in case that you will not use ICOCA in 10 years at all. If you will come back to Japan in next 10 years, you still will be able to use same ICOCA.
  • This deal can allow you to use non reserved seat of Haruka or other local and rapid train. You cannot use reserved seat or Green seat of Haruka and other limited express trains, such as Shinkansen.

If your child is 5 years or younger, it is free of charge.

I will tell you price comparison later.

How about child deal

ICOCA and Haruka is not available for child. But if you travel between Kansai airport and Shin-Osaka or Kyoto, Kansai Area Pass child rate is cheaper than single fare.

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

If you want to compare exact fare and pass, single fare rate table can be found below. Child rate is applied to 6 years to 11 years old child. 5 years old or younger child is free if you share your seat with your child. But when you take a train and there are lots of empty seat, you can give a seat to your child.

ICOCA can be purchased itself beside Kansai area pass. You cannot share your ICOCA Card with your child. Child ICOCA is availble. Please see next chapter.

How to use ICOCA

Most of you use ICOCA to take a train. The biggest advantage of this card is that you don’t need to purchase the ticket when you enter the station and take the trains. All you have to do is touch your ICOCA card at the ticket gate when you enter/exit station. It is automatically calculated and subtract the fare from your ICOCA card. You can save the time when you take a train.

Even if you don’t have enough fund in your ICOCA, you can still enter the station and take the trains. (But you must have minimum fares plus 500 yen deposit in this card) You can add some more fund before you exit the station when you arrive. You can add some more fund in your ICOCA at other major cities where other IC cards are available, such as Tokyo, Yokohama, Sapporo, Sendai, Nagoya, Hiroshima and Hakata. These cites have own IC cards and could not be used in other areas before. But since March 2013, major 10 different IC cards were standardized.

Actually 2000 yen e-money in ICOCA that is included in this deal also includes 500 yen deposit. Therefore your fund in your ICOCA is 1500 yen. If you empty this card and do not use it any more, you can get this 500 yen deposit refund at the station. But if you want to keep ICOCA card itself for your souvenir, you cannot get refund. Especially ICOCA card for this deal is designed for overseas tourist. It looks different from common ICOCA card. There are two versions available, Wind or Thunder God on the screen (National treasure) or No.1 world famous Japanese character ‘Hello Kitty!’.

If you go to other than Kansai area and want to get refund, complete to use this ICOCA when you stay in Kansai area and get refund. You cannot get any refund in other cities, like Tokyo.

Child ICOCA is sold at 2000 yen that is 1500 yen e-money and 500 yen deposit. It has same value as adult ICOCA card. But if your child use Child ICOCA, child fare is deducted to take a train. Child fare is half amount of adult fare. So it takes longer to spend 1500 yen e-money than using adult ICOCA.

How to use this deal

This deal includes 1500 ICOCA e-money and one way/round trip to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara or Kobe. You cannot use this deal to Himeji, Wakayama and other than Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. Please see the map at ICOCA and Haruka user manual (PDF).

If you go to Sannomiya, Kobe and other stations between Kobe and Shin-Osaka, you have to take Haruka to Shin-Osaka and transfer local, rapid or Special Rapid Service at Shin-Osaka. Of course this ticket covers all part of this trip. However limousine bus runs between Kansai airport and Kobe directly. If you go to Kobe, limousine bus is better way. You can find limousine bus information at the link below:

Kansai airport limousine bus between Kansai airport and Kobe

If you go to Nara, Haruka takes you Tennoji. And then you need to change to Yamatoji Rapid Service to get Nara. There is no direct train service to Nara either. This is same as access to Kobe. Limousine bus takes you to Nara directly. You can find limousine bus information at the link below:

Kansai airport limousine bus between Kansai airport and Nara

Price comparison to basic fare

Upper rate is basic fare and lower rate is non reserved seat limited express surcharge.

Adult(12 yrs and up Child (6-11 yrs)
KIX – Tennoji 1060 yen
650 yen
530 yen
330 yen
KIX – JR Namba 1060 yen
650 yen
530 yen
330 yen
KIX – Shin-Osaka 1360 yen
970 yen
680 yen
480 yen
KIX – Osaka (Umeda) 1190 yen
970 yen
590 yen
480 yen
KIX – Kyoto 1880 yen
970 yen
940 yen
480 yen
KIX – Sannomiya 1710 yen
970 yen
860 yen
480 yen

This deal is cheaper for all destinations than regular fares.

In next chapter, I will talk about going to Namba, Osaka (Umeda) or other location in downtown Osaka. You should consider other deals. Please see next chapter.

Compare to other deals, Kansai Chikatoku Ticket, JR West Kansai Area Pass and Kansai Thru Pass

If you travel to Shin-Imamiya or Namba, you can use Nankai Railway. Basic fare is only 920 yen if you take other than limited express Rapi:t. Nankai Namba station is located at central of Namba and it is much better location than JR Namba. Even if you want ICOCA, you can purchase only ICOCA itseld at 2000 yen that includes 500 yen deposit. Actual total fare, this deal plus ICOCA, is 2,600 yen if you get 500 yen refund.

If you go to somewhere in Osaka, like Shinsaibashi, Nihonbashi, Uehonmachi, by subway, Nankai Namba is much easier location to transfer to subway Namba station. If you have very tight budget, Kanku Chikatoku ticket is sold at 1000 yen. This includes Nankai Railway basic fare to Namba and one way trip to any Osaka subway stations. As I mentioned, basic fare from KIX to Namba by Nankai Railway is 920 yen. Osaka subway fare is starting at 180 yen. If you have the shortest trip from Namaba, like to Shinsaibashi, total fare (Nankai plud Subway) is 1100 yen. You can use this deal, Kanku Chikatoku ticket for the trip to Umeda where is same location as JR Osaka station. Osaka Subway Midousuji line can take you from Namba to Umeda. This is cheaper than JR basic fare 1060 yen. If you want to get more information about Kanku Chikatoku Ticket, please see Nankai Railways website.

If you go to Nara after you arrive in KIX, you may consider to use Kansai Thru Pass. Kintetsu Railway is better to access to Nara because Kintetsu Nara station is better location than JR Nara station. So I recommend you to use Kansai Thru Pass to get Nara. Please see the post, How to access to Nara.

If you go to Himeji, JR West Kansai Area Pass is the best and the fastest. Kansai Thru Pass can be used to get Himeji. But it is too many transfers and spend many hours. JR trains, Haruka and Special Rapid Service, are much faster.

I explained all deals for airport access at the link below. Please refer this post too.

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

Sample itinerary by ICOCA and Haruka

KIX – Kyoto – Umeda – KIX plus day trip to Kobe

Day 1 KIX to Kyoto by ICOCA and Haruka round ticket
Day 2 Kyoto city pass or single ticket for sightseeing.
*You can use ICOCA if you want.
Day 3 Kyoto – Osaka by JR Special Rapid Service (fare 540 yen)
*After you arrive in Osaka, you can use ICOCA to explore in Osaka.
Day 4 Day trip to Kobe by JR Special Rapid Service (fare 390 yen X 2)
Day 5 Osaka to KIX by ICOCA and Haruka round ticket
In this itinerary, use 1320 yen from ICOCA. Osaka subway basic fare is starting from 200 yen. You can spend 1500 yen easily.

KIX – Kyoto – Umeda – KIX plus day trip to Kobe

Day 1 KIX to Kyoto by ICOCA and Haruka round ticket
Day 2 Kyoto city pass or single ticket for sightseeing.
*You can use ICOCA if you want.
Day 3 Kyoto – Osaka by JR Special Rapid Service (fare 540 yen)
*After you arrive in Osaka, you can use ICOCA to explore in Osaka.
Day 4 Day trip to Kobe by JR Special Rapid Service (fare 390 yen X 2)
Day 5 Osaka to KIX by ICOCA and Haruka round ticket
In this itinerary, use 1320 yen from ICOCA. Osaka subway basic fare is starting from 200 yen. You can spend 1500 yen easily.

KIX – Kyoto – Umeda – KIX plus day trip to Nara

Day 1 KIX to Kyoto by ICOCA and Haruka round ticket
Day 2 Kyoto city pass or single ticket for sightseeing.
*You can use ICOCA if you want.
Day 3 Day trip to Nara by Kintetsu (fare 610 yen X 2)
Day 4 Kyoto – Osaka by JR Special Rapid Service (fare 540 yen)
Day 5 Osaka to KIX by ICOCA and Haruka round ticket
In this itinerary, use 1760 yen from ICOCA. ICOCA will be empty.

KIX – Kyoto – Namba – KIX plus day trip to Kobe

Day 1 KIX to Kyoto by ICOCA and Haruka round ticket
Day 2 Kyoto city pass or single ticket for sightseeing.
*You can use ICOCA if you want.
Day 3 Kyoto – Osaka by JR Special Rapid Service (fare 540 yen)
Transfer to Osaka Subway Midousuji line to Namba (fare 230 yen)
*After you arrive in Namba, you can use ICOCA to explore in Osaka.
Day 4 Day trip to Kobe by Hanshin Railway (fare 400 yen X 2)
Day 5 Osaka to KIX by ICOCA and Haruka round ticket
In this itinerary, use 1570 yen from ICOCA. ICOCA will be empty.

KIX – Shin-Osaka – KIX plus day trip to Kyoto and Namba

Day 1 KIX to Shin-Osaka by ICOCA and Haruka round ticket
Day 2 Day trip to Kyoto JR Special Rapid Service (fare 540 yen X 2)
Day 3 Day trip to Namba by Osaka Subway Midousuji line (fare 270 yen X 2)
Day 4 Osaka to KIX by ICOCA and Haruka round ticket
In this itinerary, use 1620 yen from ICOCA. ICOCA will be empty.

As you see, 1500 yen e-money can be used very easily. Especially Osaka and Kyoto subway fare table are much higher than other railways. If you want to use ICOCA more efficiently, try to avoid using ICOCA for these public railways and use single fare or day pass.

1,025 thoughts on “ICOCA and Haruka and Haruka discount ticket. Very flexible and good deal for tourist who stay in Kansai.”

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    Here is a sample of my itinerary end of November and would appreciate if you can suggest the best pass:

    Day 1:
    KIX to Kyoto (tofukuji station), arrived KIX 2:30pm
    Visiti Kiyomizudera

    Day 2:
    Kinkakuji
    Arashiyama
    Nijo Castle

    Day 3:
    Nishiji Market,
    Gion
    Kiyomizu dera
    Fushimi

    Day 4 & 5:
    Kyoto (tofukuji station) – Osaka (daikokucho station)
    stay most of the time in Osaka City (namba, shinsekai, dotonbori, tenma)
    Day 6:
    One day trip to either Kobe or Nara

    Day 7:
    Namba – Rinku Outlet – KIX

    Thank you so much for your help
    domo

  2. Hi Takeshi,

    I’m travelling to Osaka next week. Here is what I have planned:

    1. Arrive KIX. Purchase ICOCA Card (Load additional value 1-2k)
    2. Take the train to Shinsaibanshi and plan to stay a night
    3. Travel on subway around Osaka
    4. Leave Osaka for Kyoto the next day
    5. A few days later, travel from KYOTO to KIX

    My question, could I purchase the ICOCA+HARUKA Card (Return trip) – KIX to KYOTO?

    – Do I need to make the trip from KIX to Kyoto on the 1st day itself?
    – Since I’m staying in Osaka for the day, could I board the HARUKA from Shin-Osaka or Tennoji onwards to Kyoto? (Utilizing the 1st leg of the round trip)
    – Assuming the above is all possible, the round trip from KYOTO to KIX should be no problem, right?

    Your assistance is much appreciated.

    1. Hi Fazlur,

      You may purchase ICOCA and Haruka round trip. But this is not most affordable deal.

      – Do I need to make the trip from KIX to Kyoto on the 1st day itself?
      If you use round trip to Kyoto, you may get off at Tennoji or Shin-Osaka. But once you exit the station, one way from KIX to Kyoto portion is done. You cannot use it any more.

      – Since I’m staying in Osaka for the day, could I board the HARUKA from Shin-Osaka or Tennoji onwards to Kyoto? (Utilizing the 1st leg of the round trip)
      You cannot use it after you use it for KIX to Tennoji or Shin-Osaka. Even if you don’t use it for KIX to Tennoji or Shin-Osaka, you cannot start using it from Tennoji or Shin-Osaka.

      – Assuming the above is all possible, the round trip from KYOTO to KIX should be no problem, right?
      That is why this is not most affordable way.

      I recommend you to use other deal for KIX to Shinsaibashi. If you want to take Limited Express train, you can use Nankai railway’s Rapi:t deal, Kansai Webtoku.
      http://www.howto-osaka.com/en/ticket/ticket/webtoku.html

      If you are okay with ordinary train, you may use Nankai railway + subway deal.
      http://www.howto-osaka.com/en/ticket/ticket/chikatoku.html

      Nankai railway takes you to Namba. Shinsaibashi is one station away from Namba. It’s easier and faster way.

      If you will purchase ICOCA, you can use Haruka discount ticket from Kyoto to KIX. But you need to purchase it in Kyoto station. You cannot purchase it at Kansai airport or other stations in Osaka. Online purchase is not available either.

      You may purchase Kansai one pass instead of ICOCA. It’s same type of card as ICOCA but Kansai one pass offers discount at many attractions.
      https://kansaionepass.com/en/about.html?info=1

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Thank you for your recommendations, much appreciated. Now, just to be sure, here is what I plan to do:

        1. Purchase the Nankai railway’s Rapi:t deal, Kansai Webtoku (¥1,130) once I arrive at KIX. This will get me to Namba Station.

        2. While at KIX station, I will purchase the Kansai One Pass (¥2k) which has ¥1.5k credit that I can use at Namba station to Shinsaibashi station.

        Assume I can make use of the Kansai One Pass for all my trips within Osaka and use it for my trip to Kyoto the next day, right? I just need to make sure I have sufficient balance in the Card.

        Now, once in Kyoto, I can use the Kansai One Pass on the subway and before I leave to KIX, I just purchase the Haruka Card One Way (Kyoto-KIX).

        Assume the above is good?

        1. Hi Fazlur,

          You have understood correctly.

          I cannot say that Kansai one pass is the best choice or not. There are many deals in both Osaka and Kyoto. 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
          https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

          I’m sure you will use Kansai one pass from Osaka to Kyoto. But the deals in the links above may be cheaper than using Kansai one pass. Most of deals offers unlimited ride. If you make trips lots, these deals are cheaper.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hi,
    We will be leaving Kyoto on April 28th around 5:45-6:00 AM. If we decide to use ICOCA+Haruka, do we really have to buy the Haruka ticket only that morning or can we buy both ICOCA cards and Haruka discount ticket a few days earlier and use the Haruka on the day we leave? Is the ticket counter open so early in the morning? Also, at this time of year and day, can 3 of use get seats without reserving them or would you recommend that we pay the extra reserved seat fare?
    Really appreciate any advice.

    1. Hi Claudine,

      You can purchase Haruka discount ticket if you have ICOCA. You cannot purchase Haruka discount ticket only without ICOCA. You may purchase a ticket in advance. The first Haruka depart from Kyoto at 05:45. Usually it’s not hard to get a seat in non reserved car.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    How will you recommend the travel passes to suit my itinerary?

    Day 1- Arriving KIX at 945pm.
    – Accommodation: Airbnb around Namba area.

    Day 2- Osaka
    – Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Shisekai, Tsutenkaku Tower

    Day 3- Osaka
    – Universal Studio, Dotonbori at night

    Day 4 – Osaka
    – Osaka Castle, Shi-Tennoji temple and etc

    Day 4- Osaka to Kyoto

    Day 5 – Kyoto
    – Arashiyama
    – Kinkakuji
    – Nijo-jo
    – Downtown Kyoto

    Day 5- Kyoto to Osaka

    Day 6 – Osaka
    – Day trip to Nara

    Day 7- Osaka to KIX
    – Flight at 10am

    I am still thinking whether to go Kyoto at the first day but I arrive KIX at 930pm. Afraid when we reach Kyoto, it is too late since I bring along my 5 years old son.

    1. Hi David,

      I have already replied to your previous comment about access to Namba.

      I recommend you to stay in Namba on arrival day. As you think, if you go to Kyoto. you will be there after midnight. It may be around 1:00 am. It’s too late for kids.

      You may use Osaka amazing pass for day 2 and 3 or day 3 and 4. But do not include USJ in these period. Single ticket is okay for USJ. So you should visit there on day 2 or 4.

      You may use Kansai thru pass 3 days for day 4, 5 and 6.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-use-kansai-thru-pass-compare-pass-and-single-fare.html

      You can find the deal for Kyoto 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-kyoto.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi Takeshi,

    I’m planning a 6 night trip in Kyoto starting from Kansai airport and traveling to Tokyo and back for a one day trip mid way through the vacation. I’m interested in the ICOCOA & HARUKA and Kansai passes, but wondered what rail you would recommend for the day trip to Tokyo from Kyoto and back?

    Thank you

  6. Kansai One pass + HARUKA discount ticket can only be purchased upon arrival at Kansai Airport? is online purchase available please? The price for Kansai One Pass + HARUKA round ticket is 5,200 yen? Kansai One Pass is same as ICOCA in terms of usage and only difference is no expiration date?

    Many thanks.

    1. Hi Abbie,

      You can purchase it online. Please see the link below and find the info about purchasing with Kansai one pass.
      http://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/ticket/icoca-haruka/

      Kansai one pass is same type of card as ICOCA. It is made from ICOCA for overseas travelers. ICOCA does not offer any discount at many attractions but Kansai one pass does. This is only difference.

      Both cards are valid for 10 years from the last usage. For example, if you purchase either card at this time and go back to Japan 9 year later and use the card, the card is valid for 10 years from 9 year later trip date. So as long as you use the card every 10 years, it’s valid forever.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. is ICOCA card can be top up and use for Tokyo subway, Tokyo JR train or Sapporo/hakodate subway & streetcar?

        please advise, thanks

        1. Hi Honlc,

          You can use ICOCA in Tokyo and Sapporo to take subway and streetcar. You also can add the fund into the card there. But you cannot use ICOCA in Hakodate. Hakodate is outside coverage area of most of major IC cards.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Dear Takeshi

            thanks for your replied.
            In addition, is ICOCA/Kitaca card can be use for JR train to Otaru ?
            Can those IC card top up in convenient shop like 7-Eleven.

            Thanks

          2. Hi Hon LC,

            You can use IC card to take JR train to Otaru. You cannot put the fund in the convenience store. You need to do it at the vending machine in the station.

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JPRail.com

  7. Hi Takeshi,

    Will you kindly recommend the travel passes to suit my itinerary?

    Day 1- Arriving KIX at 10pm.
    – Accommodation: Poly Hostel Osaka, Namba

    Day 2- Osaka
    – Osaka castle, Shi-Tennoji temple, Sumiyoshi-Taisha shrine, Dotombori/Shinsaibashi shopping area

    Day 3- Osaka to Kyoto
    – Accommodation: Ryokan Shimizu, Kyoto Station area
    – Northern and Southern Higashiyama

    Day 4- Kyoto
    – Arashiyama
    – Kinkakuji
    – Nijo-jo
    – Downtown Kyoto

    Day 5- Kyoto
    – Tofukuji
    – Fushimi-Inari Taisha
    – Half day trip to Nara

    Day 6- Kyoto
    – Kurama-Kibune
    – Downtown Kyoto

    Day 7- Kyoto to Tokyo
    – Accommodation: North Shinjuku area
    – Harajuku
    – Shibuya

    Day 8- Tokyo
    – Central Tokyo – Tsukiji, Ginza
    – Shinjuku

    Day 9
    – Day trip to Hakone

    Day 10
    – Day trip to DisneySea

    Day 11- Tokyo
    – Asakusa & Sumida River
    – Departure from HND at 11pm

    Thank you kindly.

  8. Hi Takeshi,

    We’re going to Japan on the end week of Sept. What pass would you suggest us to use? Here’s our sample itinerary

    Day 1
    Arrival at KIX
    KIX to Kyoto (hotel)
    Fushimi Inari
    Nishiki Market, Gion

    Day 2
    Kinkakuji
    Arashiyama
    Nijo Castle
    *which would you prefer to go first?

    Day 3
    Universal Studios
    Dotonbori (at night)

    Day 4
    Half day trip to Nara
    Kiyomizudera, Higashiyama (afternoon)

    Day 5
    Kyoto to KIX

    1. Hi Kay,

      ICOCA and Haruka for day 1, and Kansai rail pass 4 days for day 2 to 5.
      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
      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

      Kansai area pass covers JR trains only.
      https://jprail.com/destinations/how-to-transfer-among-kyoto-osaka-and-kobe-compare-japan-railway-and-private-lines.html

      When you need to take subway and city bus, you may use ICOCA. You can add Kansai one pass instead of ICOCA. It offers discount at many attractions. It’s better than ICOCA.
      https://kansaionepass.com/en/about.html?info=1

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  9. Hi Takeshi,

    Is the Kansai One Pass the same as the ICOCA in terms of usage?? Can I use the Kansai One Pass to get the Haruka discounted tickets? (instead of the ICOCA)

    Thank you!

  10. Thank you so much Takeshi,
    i’m still searching information about passes but I checked the link you gave us of JR West and in our case probably it will be better to book Kansai Area Pass, anyway the reserved seat is not covered too. If i’m not wrong KIX is the first stop for the Haruka train, so I just hope my husband and me have not problem to find a seat.

    Thank you for your early response , I think you are doing a great job

    Silvia

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  • I cannot recommend any hotels other than which I have stayed. Basically I cannot talk about hotels in this site. The number of hotels are too many to talk about by my experience.
  • If you want to ask me which pass suits your plan, please tell me your detailed itinerary and location to stay. I cannot choose any deals without the detailed itinerary because I have to compare the total single fare and deals.
  • Please do not ask me to reply to your inquiry by email. In this website, I would like to share all information with any readers. I do not communicate with you directly.

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