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

Network of JR trains
Kobe Harborland © Kobe Convention & Visitors Association/© JNTO
Kobe Harborland © Kobe Convention & Visitors Association/© JNTO

As you probably have already known, the train system in Japan is very complicated. Especially in the major cities, there are lots of railways. You might not understand the difference between Japan Railways (JR), subways and private railways.

In Kansai area, such as Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Himeji and Wakayama, many trains runs among these cities. You may be overwhelmed. But it is very important to understand the train system. This is a key to make a trip much more smoothly and save your trip time.

I would like to explain about JR lines and the private railway companies in Kansai area in this post. You may find which train line is the best for your trip.

Overview of train system in Kansai area

Please find the map below. It looks very complicated. I will explain you one by one.

Kansai train system map. Click to view large

I tried to make this map as simple as possible. But it still shows you many train lines. This map actually does not show all stations and all train lines. It shows you only major stations, major lines, transfer points and the station where is near popular sightseeing spot.

You have to pick one of those lines. It is complicated but I would like to explain you these train lines one by one.

JR trains

JR used to be Japanese National Railway. It has lines throughout Japan. In Kansai area, JR network has the biggest train network. I would like to show you only JR lines in Kansai area at the map below:

JR conventional line shown in bold blue line and Shinkansen line shown in navy and white dotted line (click to view large)

You can catch JR train right after you arrive in Kansai airport. You can go almost anywhere in Kansai area, like Osaka (both Umeda and Namba), Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Wakayama and Himeji.

If you use JR Pass, Kansai Area Pass, Kansai Wide Area Pass or other JR deal, try to use JR train as much as you can. JR has two kinds of railways, Shinkansen and conventional lines.

Conventional line’s trains in Kansai area

Special Rapid Service dominates Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe-Himeji transfer.

There are many train services on the conventional line network.

  • Limited Express, such as Haruka (Kansai airport – Shin Osaka – Kyoto)
  • Rapid
  • Local

Most of you take a rapid train service. This is a sort of commute train but it stops at major stations only. This train service offers you a high speed transfer among cities.

Especially if you want to move among Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and Himeji, Special Rapid Service is the fastest and most convenient train service on the conventional line. The trip time for major segments are the following:

  • Osaka / Sannomiya (Kobe) — 22 minutes
  • Osaka / Kyoto — 28 minutes
  • Sannomiya / Kyoto — 50 minutes
  • Osaka / Himeji– 1 hour 10 minutes

Please see the link below to find more information about Special Rapid Service train:

JR Special Rapid Service train between Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe and HImeji

There are many more rapid train services in Kansai area, such as Nara, Kansai airport and Wakayama. Please see the link below to get more information about rapid train services in Kansai area:

Kansai area JR rapid train network

The Shinkansen (a.k.a. Bullet Train)

Shinkansen stops at Maibara, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka, Shin-Kobe, Nishiakashi and Himeji in Kansai area.

Shinkansen is a high speed train service as you probably know. It is much faster than any trains on conventional lines. Shinkansen usually used for long distance transfer, such as Tokyo to Osaka.

What is Shinkansen?

But it can be used for short distance, like Shin-Osaka to Kyoto. It connects Shin-Osaka and Kyoto in 13 minutes, and Shin-Osaka to Shin-Kobe in 15 minutes. This is so fast. But if you leave from Umeda or other stations in Osaka, you may have to add some extra time to transfer at Shin-Osaka. Because Shin-Osaka is one station away from Osaka (Umeda). Let’s compare trip time for Osaka (Umeda) to Kyoto between Shinkansen and Special Rapid Service.

By Special Rapid Service
Osaka – 28 minutes – Kyoto
By Shinkansen
Osaka – 4 minutes – Shin Osaka (5 to 10 minutes for transfer) – 13 minutes – Kyoto

It may take 25 minutes even if you take high speed train, Shinkansen.
Shinkansen is not much faster than Special Rapid Service.

How about trip to Kobe by Shinkansen? In my opinion, it is not a good idea if you think about using Shinkansen from Osaka. It is same situation as trip to Kyoto. You have to move to Shin-Osaka to catch Shinkansen. And also Shin-Kobe station is one station away from Sannomiya by subway.

By Special Rapid Service
Osaka – 22 minutes – Sannomiya
By Shinkansen
Osaka – 4 minutes – Shin Osaka (5 to 10 minutes for transfer) – 15 minutes – Shin Kobe (5 to 10 minutes transfer) – 2 minutes – Sannomiya

View Downtown Kobe in a larger map

In this case, Shinkansen is slower than Special Rapid Service.

If you use JR pass, you can take Shinkansen for this short transfer because it is fully covered by JR pass. It is not worth taking Shinkansen for these short transfers by single fare.

Private Railways in Kansai area

There are many private company’s railways (=NON JR) in Kansai area. Actually these train companies offers more convenient train service than JR trains on many segments. I would like to show you all major company’s lines in Kansai area.

This map shows you only NON JR railways (private railway and subway). Click to enlarge.

Kansai Thru Pass is very popular deal to travel in Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Koyasan and Wakayama. This pass covers these Non JR train services. If you make lots of trips by these private train services, you may use Kansai Thru Pass. Please see the link below to find more information about Kansai Thru Pass:

Kansai Thru Pass user guide

Hankyu Railway

9300 series is mainly used for limited express on Kyoto line.

Hankyu Railway runs Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Takarazuka.

In Osaka, Umeda is the terminal station. Umeda is same location as JR Osaka station. All trains depart from Umeda to all destinations. In Kyoto, you can reach Kawaramachi (near Gion) and Arashiyama. This train service takes you to Sannomiya in Kobe.

Hankyu Railway and Osaka Subway Sakaisuji line shown in bold brown line (Click to view large)

There is no direct scheduled trains between Kyoto and Kobe. You have to change the trains at either Juso or Umeda. Juso is the junction of Kobe line, Kyoto line, and Takarazuka line. This station is only two stations away from Umeda. In the peak period, like spring cherry blossom and fall foliage seasons, the direct train service to Arashiyama from Umeda and/or sometimes from Kobe-Sannomiya are available. But you have to change the trains at Katsura usually when you go to Arashiyama by Hankyu Railway.

Hankyu Railway operates several kinds of trains, like limited express, express, local. But an express supplement is not required for taking any trains, even limited express. It is same category as JR’s Special Rapid Service.

The trip times for major segments are the following:

  • Umeda / Sannomiya — 27 minutes
  • Umeda / Kawaramachi — 43 minutes
  • Umeda / Arashiyama — 45 minutes

I show you Osaka Subway Sakaisuji line in the map above. Because this subway train go through Hankyu Railway line. You may get Kyoto by direct service from many places in downtown Osaka.

Keihan Railway

Keihan Railway limited express has a by-level car in the train set.

Keihan Railway is another way to get Kyoto from Osaka.

At Osaka, Yodoyabashi and Nakanoshima are the terminal stations. But the primary station is Yodoyabashi. Most of express trains depart from Yodoyabashi. And this station is connected with Umeda and Namba by Osaka Subway Midousuji line.You can also take this railway at Kyobashi. You can transfer from JR Osaka Kanjo line at Kyobashi. In Kyoto, Gion-Shijo, Sanjo and Demachiyanagi are the terminal stations. Keihan Railway is most accessible way to visit Higashiyama area directly.

Keihan Railway also runs to Uji. You can transfer the trains at Chushojima.

Keihan Railway shown in bold green line (Click to view large)
Keihan 8000 series have nice accommodation at no extra charge. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Keihan Railway operates many category of trains, such as limited express, express, semi-express, local. Limited express train has one by-level car in each train set. It also has “Premium car” in each train set. It has much bigger and more comfortable seat.

Seat layout is 2+1. It is 2+2 in other regular car.

Additional fare is 400 or 500 yen required to take a seat in Premium car. The fare is varied by the distance.

You can take all trains without any surcharge other than Premium car seat. This limited express train is same type of service as JR’s Special Rapid Service as well.

The trip time on major sections are the following:

  • Yodoyabashi / Gion-Shijo or Sanjo — 50 minutes
  • Kyobashi / Gion-Shijo or Sanjo — 45 minutes

Hanshin Railway

This 9000 series and most of Hanshin Railway’s train equip a bench seat only.

Hanshin Railway connect Osaka and Kobe.

Hanshin has two terminals at two biggest downtown cores in Osaka, Umeda and Namba. At Kobe side, Kobe-Sannomiya and Motomachi are the primary stations.

Hanshin Railway and Sanyo Railway shown in bold red line (Click to view large)

Hanshin Railway lines are very short but this railway connects with other railways at both end. In Kobe, Hanshin is connected with Sanyo Railway. Many express trains go through Himeji via Sanyo Railway. At the other side, Hanshin is connected with Kintetsu Railway at Osaka-Namba station. Many of trains go through Nara from Motomachi or Kobe-Sannomiya via Kintetsu Railway. This is only way to get Nara from Kobe directly. Major direct train services and trip time are the following:

  • Umeda / Sannomiya — 30 minutes
  • Osaka-Namba / Sannomiya — 45-50 minutes
  • Umeda – (Hanshin) – Motomachi – (Sanyo) – Himeji — 95 to 100 minutes
  • Nara – (Kintetsu) – Osaka-Namba – (Hanshin) – Motomachi — 80 minutes

Hanshin Railway operates several kinds of trains, like limited express, express, local. But no extra charge is required to take any trains.

Nankai Railway

Nankai Railway Limited Express Koya

Nankai Railway is one of major ways to get Osaka from Kansai airport. It also takes you to Wakayama and Gokurakubashi that is the gateway to Koyasan (Mt. Koya).

Koyasan (Mt. Koya) access guide

Nankai Railway has a huge terminal station in Namba, Osaka. Most of trains depart and arrive at this station.

Nankai Railway shown in bold navy line. (Click to view large)

Nankai Railway operates several kinds of trains, like limited express, express, local. Express train surcharge is required to take limited express trains. The name of limited express train and the trip time for major segments are the following:

  • Limited Express “Southern” (Osaka-Namba / Wakayamashi) — 1 hour
  • Limited Express “Rapi:t” (Osaka-Namba / Kansai Airport) — 45 to 55 minutes
  • Limited Express “Koya” (Osaka-Namba / Gokurakubashi) — 80 minutes
  • Limited Express “Rinkan” (Osaka-Namba / Hashimoto) — 45 minutes

There are express trains and local trains if you want to avoid paying extra. Actually trip time is not so much different. It depends on the distance. In most of cases, you will spend 10 to 15 minutes extra. But interior is very different. Your seat is reserved if you take limited express and very comfortable. If you take express without surcharge, it is a commute train. You may not be able to get a seat.

*Only limited express “Southern” has two types of seats, limited express seat and commuter car seat. Commute car seat is same as other commute train. This is non reserved seat and express surcharge is not required to take this.

Kintetsu Railway

Kintetsu Railway has the biggest limited express train network in all private railway companies.

Kintetsu Railway operates a train service in the biggest private railway network in Japan. It connects Osaka, Nara, Yoshino, Kyoto, Nagoya and Ise.

In this post, I would like to tell you about Kintetsu Railway network in Kansai area only. If you want the information about trip to Ise / Shima area, please refer the post below:

Ise access guide

Kintetsu Railway shown in bold orange line (Click to view large)

In Osaka, Kintetsu Railway has two terminal stations, such as Osaka-Namba and Osaka-Abenobashi. As I mentioned at the chapter of Hanshin Railway, Kintetsu Railway is connected with Hanshin Railway at Osaka-Namba. You can take direct train service between Kobe and Nara by Hanshin and Kintetsu. You may take Kintetsu Railway train at Tsuruhashi. You can change to JR Osaka Kanjo line at this station.

Kintetsu is also major way to get Nara from Kyoto. Kintetsu Kyoto station is same location as JR Kyoto station. You can transfer from JR and Kyoto subway at Kyoto station very easily. But Kintetsu Railway is connected to Kyoto subway at Takeda station. Some trains go through Kyoto subway Karasuma line.

You can use Kintetsu Railway for Osaka-Kyoto transfer. But it is a detour and there is no direct train services provided between Osaka and Kyoto by Kintetsu Railway. You have to change the trains at Yamato-Saidaiji. If you really want to use Kintetsu Railway, you can take this route. Otherwise it is wasting time and money.

Kintetsu Railway is only way to get Yoshino which is very popular to see cherry blossom. There is a direct train service from Osaka-Abenobashi. If you access to Yoshino from Kyoto, Nara, you have to transfer the trains at least once at Kashihara-Jingumae station.

Kintetsu Railway operates several kinds of trains, like limited express, rapid express, express, local. Express train surcharge is required to take limited express trains. Kintetsu Railway has a big limited express train network. But if you take Kintetsu Railway to get Nara from Osaka or Kyoto, you may not use limited express train because it is such a short ride. If you visit Yoshino, limited express may be your choice. The trip time for major segments are the following:

  • Osaka-Namba / Kintetsu Nara — 40 minutes
  • Kyoto / Kintetsu Nara — 45 minutes
  • Osaka-Abenobashi / Yoshino — 85 minutes (75 minutes by limited express)

How to choose the lines and trains to Kyoto from Osaka

Departure station in Osaka

Where are you going to stay in Osaka? If you will stay in Umeda area, Hankyu and Japan Railway may be your choice. If you stay near Yodoyabashi, Tenmabashi or Kyobashi, Keihan is more accessible. If you stay in Namba or other location in Osaka, you need to take subway line or JR Osaka loop line anyway. Think about arrival station in Kyoto.

View Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe in a larger map

You can find the train network map at the post, Guide to take trains in Osaka. How to choose the best route by train to get the major spots?

Arrival station in Kyoto

Which part of Kyoto do you want to go? JR Special Rapid Service train is the fastest way to get Kyoto.

JR Special Rapid / Osaka – Kyoto 28 minutes
Hankyu Railway Limited Express / Umeda – Kawaramachi 45 minutes
Keihan Railway Limited Express / Yodoyabashi – Gion-Shijo 50 minutes

But most tourist spots in Kyoto are away from JR Kyoto station. You have to take a bus or subway to get there, such as Kinkakuji temple, Kiyomizudera temple, Yasaka Jinja shrine. Only Arashiyama and Nijo castle is accessible by JR trains.

If you want to go to Higashiyama or Gion, such as Kiyomizudera temple, Yasaka Jinja shrine, Philosopher’s Walk, Hankyu Railway and Keihan Railway are more convenient than Japan Railway.

If you are looking for information about all trains in Kyoto, please refer the post below:

Kyoto train guide

How to choose the lines and trains to Kobe from Osaka

Departure station in Osaka

You have two options, Umeda (JR Osaka) or Namba. If you stay around Umeda area, you can choose from Japan Railway, Hankyu or Hanshin. Hankyu and Hanshin are cheaper than JR but JR is faster.

If you will stay in Namba area, Hanshin Railway is the best choice.

You can find the train network map of Osaka in the post below:

Osaka train guide

Arrival station in Kobe

Which part of Kobe do you want to go? You can go anywhere in Kobe by Japan Railway and Hanshin Electric Railway. Most of trains of Hankyu Railway go to Sannomiya only. If you are looking for the transfer to other area in Kobe, think about JR or Hanshin.
But Kobe is smaller than Kyoto. So it is not much different among JR, Hanshin and Hankyu.

You can find the train network map of Kobe in the post below:

Kobe train guide

How to choose a train service between Kobe and Kyoto

Only JR Special Rapid Service offers you a direct train service. It is the fastest and maybe faster than even Shinkansen. But as I mentioned to you above, JR Kyoto station is away from most tourist spots. On the other hand, Hankyu Railway can take you to Kyoto from Kobe. Hankyu do not offer any scheduled train on this section. But Kawaramachi station is located near Gion and Higashiyama. JR and Hankyu’s trip time are the following.

Sannomiya / JR Kyoto — 50 minutes
Sannomiya / Hankyu Kawaramachi — 65 minutes (change the trains at Juso)

Hankyu is slower. And you have to think about the location in Kyoto. If you stay around JR Kyoto station, JR is the best way. But if you stay in other area, such as Gion, you may spend another 15-20 minutes get JR Kyoto station. Hankyu may be better choice. If you go to Arashiyama in Kyoto, it is same story. Hankyu is better as well.


There are many train services and it makes you confused. Please make sure the station where you want to depart from and arrive in before you go. And then, you can find which train you should take.


  1. Grace says:

    My family of 3 plan to visit Osaka on 31st May. We will be staying 5 nights in osaka and 2 nights in kyoto. Arriving kansai airport 6pm, plan to travel by Nankai Airport Exp.  for NAMBA to hotel in Namba. Can I check whether can I still purchase Haruka discount ticket for my trip from Kyoto (hotel at Omiya) to Kansai Airport (flight depart 4:30pm on 7thJune)
    We need to buy the ICOCA card in order to buy discount ticket right. Which means we have to buy Icoca card at KIX airport then buy the Haruka discount ticket (¥1600) from Kyoto?

  2. Dear Takeshi-san,

    we are planning to make a trip in March/April from Osaka to Tokyo and make a day trips in the area. Please advise us on the best solution since I understand the JP pass is not recomendable in this (one-way) case scenario.
    Day 1: Kansai Airport – hotel in Osaka – around Osaka
    Day 2: daytrip to Nara
    Day 3: daytrip to Himeji (maybe Kobe)
    Day 4: transfer to Kyoto – hotel in Kyoto – around Kyoto
    Day 5: around Kyoto (Arashiyama, Kiyomizu-dera…)
    Day 6: Kyoto – Hakone – hotel in Hakone, Gora (overnight)
    Day 7: Hakone – Tokyo, hotel in Tokyo, afternoon around Tokyo
    Day 8, 9, 10, 11 : Tokyo
    Day 12: depart from Haneda

    I will appreciate your answer, thank you ahead, sincerely, Marina Kota

  3. Phyl says:

    Dear Takeshi san,

    May I seek your advice on transportation in my coming trip to Japan in April?

    My 10 days itinerary is below:

    1) 16 Apr (12:55): Arrive at Osaka Kansai Int’l airport
    2) 16 Apr: Osaka Kansai Int’l airport to Shirahama
    3) 17 Apr: Shirahama to Wakayama
    4) 17 Apr – 19 Apr: Wakayama
    5) 19 Apr: Wakayama to Kyoto
    6) 19 Apr – 21 Apr: Kyoto
    7) 21 Apr: Kyoto to Osaka
    8) 22 Apr: Osaka to Kobe (day trip)
    9) 23 Apr – 25 Apr: Osaka
    10) 25 Apr (18:00): Departure from Osaka Kansai Int’l airport

    Thanks in advance.

  4. Hi Takeshi san,

    Will be travelling with my parents to Kyoto/Osaka/Kobe 12-21 May 2018.
    Please advise best passes to get for various dates with sample Itenary below ?
    12-17 May: Stay at Hotel UNIZO Kyoto Shijo Karasuma
    12 May (Arrive Osaka Kix 9.05am) – Kansai Airport trsf to Kyoto, Drop Bag than go either Nijo Castle/Kyoto Imperial, Dinner Nishiki Market ?
    13 May: Southern Higashiya. Downtown Kyoto/Nishiki Market, Fushimi-Inari, Gion Shimbashi
    14 May: Arashiyama, Kinkaku-ji/Daitoku-ji (Maybe), Dinner Downtown, Stroll Pontocho Alley
    15 May: Kurama+Kibune, Lunch @ Hyakumamben(Demachiyanagi station), Ginkaku-ji Temple, Path of Philosophy/Honen-In temple, Nanzen-ji Temple, Dinner downtown
    16 May: Nara – Isui-en Garden/Yoshiki-en, Todaiji Temple, Nigatsu-do Hall, Lunch, Kasuga-Taisha Shrine, Kofuku-ji Temple, Naramachi

    17-21 May: New Osaka Hotel Shisaibashi
    17 May (Travel Kyoto to Osaka/Kobe) – What is best way for this travel ?
    17 May Dinner Kuromon Market
    18 May: 1 Day trip to Kobe for beef
    19 May: Explore Minami, Dontombori + Lunch, Hozenji Yokochu (traditional Alley), Doguyasuji Arcade, Den-Den Town/Shisaibashi-Shji Shopping, Dinner Minami
    20 May: Osaka Bay – Osaka Aquarium, Lunch @ Tempozan Market Place, Kita District, Osaka Castle, Dinner somewhere?
    21 May: Kansai Airport Trsf back

    Thank You

  5. Menyee says:

    Hi Takeshi-san,

    I’ll travelling to Japan in end of April with my friend (total 6 person) around the Kansai Region. We would like to seek your advice on the type of transportation suitable for us. Your help will be greatly appreciated!

    DAY 1 (23/4/2018)

    – Departure from Malaysia
    – Reached Osaka airport (KIX)
    (stay at Nishishinsaibashi near Dontonburi)
    – Free & easy

    DAY 2 (24/4/2018)

    – Day trip to Kyoto

    – Kinkakuji Temple
    – Nishiki Market
    – Kiyomizu-dera ,
    – Gion District (Travel to Keihan Gion Shijo Station)
    – Fushimi Inari Shrine

    Day 3 (25/4/2018)

    – Day trip to Kyoto

    – Arashiyama :- Nison-in Temple, Nonomiya Shrine, bamboo groves,
    – Tenryuji Temple
    – Daikaku- Ji Temple

    Day 4 (26/4/2018)
    – Day trip to Nara
    – Nara Deer Park
    – Todaiji Temple
    – Kasuga Grand Shrine
    – Toshodaiji Temple

    Day 5 (27/4/2018)

    – Full day @ Universal Studio

    Day 6 (28/4/2018)

    – Travel around Osaka
    *Osaka Castle, Osaka Tenmangu Shrine,
    Nakanoshima Park, Shitennoji Temple,
    Minami Ward area , Tennoji Park”

    Day 7 (29/4/2018)

    – Travel around Osaka
    * Tempozan Ferris wheel , Umeda Tower, Instant Ramen
    museum , Tsūtenkaku

    Day 8 (30/4/2018) – LAST DAY
    – Flight depart from KIX airport

  6. Gina says:

    Hi Takeshi san

    Just to check is JR Pass is recommended for my trip
    Fly to Tokyo & back from Osaka
    Day 1 – 2 Tokyo
    Day 3 Hakone
    Day 4 – 5 Kyoto
    Day 6 – 8 Osaka (day trip to Kobe)
    Thank you so much

  7. Chen says:

    Hi, I would like to ask for tips. A bit irrelevant in this topic but I only remember this page last time and it is very helpful when I visited Osaka Kyoto last year. Thank you very much.

    My question;

    I want to visit Tokyo this time.

    I need help for which pass is the best if I want to visit:
    – Fuji
    – Kamakura
    – Kawagoe
    – Hakone

    I have searched and wonder if JR Tokyo Wide can afford all (including trip from narita to tokyo)

    Please help for advise.


  8. liml0074
    Megan says:

    Hello, we are a family of four people travelling to Japan in early Jan, around the Kansai Region. We would like to seek your advice on the type of transportation suitable for us. Your help will be greatly appreciated! 

    1st Day (2nd Jan) : Osaka
    Arrival in Japan: 5.30pm
    Travel from KIX Airport to Miyakojima station (staying around the station)
    Walk around Miyakojima, dinner and rest.
    (Which are the ideal transport passes I should get at the airport? I have read that some passes are only available in the airport and certain locations. Could you kindly advise?)

    2nd Day (3rd Jan) : Osaka
    Osaka Castle
    Osaka Tenmangu Shrine
    Nakanoshima Park
    Umeda Area (Sky Observatory)

    3rd Day (4th Jan): Osaka
    Shitennoji Temple
    Minami Ward area
    Tennoji Park
    Shinsekai, Tsutenkaku
    Kuromon Ichiba Market

    4th Day (5th Jan): Kyoto
    Tenryu-ji Temple
    Arashiyama Bamboo Groves
    Kameyama-Koen Park
    (Area around Arashiyama and the temples around there)

    5th Day (6th Jan): Kyoto
    Fushimi Inari Shrine (Travel to JR Inari station or Keihan Fushimi Inari station)
    Sanjusangendo Temple (Travel to Keihan Shichijo station)
    Gion District (Travel to Keihan Gion Shijo Station)
    Yasaka Shrine

    6th Day (7th Jan): Nara
    Nara Deer Park
    Heijio Palace

    7th Day (8th Jan): Kobe
    Shin-Kobe Ropeway (can give it a miss)
    Sake Museum
    Kobe Haborland

    8th Day (9th Jan): Osaka
    Leaving Japan.

  9. Kai Yin says:

    Hi Takeshi-san,

    Can I know which pass best to take if I have a 8 days 7 nights itinerary as below?

    Day 1: KIX @ 7.30pm – transfer to Kyoto (will it be better to buy Haruka pass?)

    Day 2: Kyoto Day trip (planned to buy kyoto day pass @ Y500, my places to visit will be Arashiyama, Kinkaku-ji, Kyoto City Zoo, Fushimi Inari Shrine & Kyoto Station shopping mall).

    Day 3: Kyoto – Nagoya – Takayama (via Wide View Hida) – Shirakawago – Takayama (Nohi bus)

    Day 4: Takayama – Osaka (stay near to Nippombashi station)

    Day 5: Osaka day Trip (Osaka Castle, Kaiyukan Aquarium, Tempozan Lunch, Kids Plaza Osaka, Minami & Dotombori (planned to buy kaiyukan ticket)

    Day 6: Nara half day tour, USJ

    Day 7: USJ

    Day 8: KIX (flight home)

  10. Carmen says:

    Hi Takeshi-san,

    I’m planning to make a trip from Tokyo to Osaka and make a day trips in the area.

    Day 1 – Osaka – Kyoto – Osaka
    Day 2 – Osaka – Himeji – Kobe – Osaka
    Day 3 – Nara

    I’ve been researching on all the passes but it’s still very confusing to me so I thought I’d just ask you directly. Will JR Pass cover all these trips? Does JR pass work within each of these cities? I know it will not in Kyoto. I might fly there from Tokyo instead, so if I do not get the JR pass, is there another subway pass that I can buy to save money or will it be better to pay for fare as I go?

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