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  • Among them, Kintetsu is the best choice because it covers most areas, very economical, frequent, and also relatively fast
  • There are two-day, three-day, and five-day Kintetsu passes which cost 1500 yen, 2500 yen, and 3800 yen respectively (1000 yen equals to 9 dollars), you certainly can also purchase individual ticket which is more expensive
  • To go to Nara from Osaka, you can simply use your Kintetsu train pass from any Kintetsu-operated train station within Osaka and board a direct train to Nara for about 40 minutes
  • During peak hours, however, the trains to Kyoto from Yamato Saidaiji are almost always very crowded
  • A slight problem arises if you want to go to Kobe from Osaka as no Kintetsu pass can cover Kobe


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    Kansai is located in Central Japan with Osaka, Kobe, Kyoto, Nara, and few other smaller cities in the region, while Nagoya is a city located some 190 km to the north east of Osaka. These cities are very popular among foreign tourists because they are rich of temples, shrines, castles, palaces, and also foods. It is seldom that a foreign tourist only does sightseeing in a single city within this region as the distance between these cities are not that far. Last June I booked a hotel in Osaka and visited the surrounding cities including Nagoya, one full day each.

    Intercity trains are the most suitable transportation mean for foreigners since they are punctual, easy to board, fast, and also have very clear marks for each station. As in other parts of the country, there are some different companies run railways such as JR, Shinkansen, Kintetsu, and Hanshin in the region.

    Among them, Kintetsu is the best choice because it covers most areas, very economical, frequent, and also relatively fast. There are two-day, three-day, and five-day Kintetsu passes which cost 1500 yen, 2500 yen, and 3800 yen respectively (1000 yen equals to 9 dollars), you certainly can also purchase individual ticket which is more expensive.

    To go to Nara from Osaka, you can simply use your Kintetsu train pass from any Kintetsu-operated train station within Osaka and board a direct train to Nara for about 40 minutes. If you are going to Kyoto, the simplest (but not always the most comfortable) way is to transfer in Yamato Saidaiji. The total travel time is about 70 minutes. During peak hours, however, the trains to Kyoto from Yamato Saidaiji are almost always very crowded. For this I recommend you to alight in Nara (instead of Yamato Saidaiji) and then board the direct train heading for Kyoto. You will spend 15 to 20 minutes more but you will get a seat. Unfortunately there is no direct train from Osaka to Kyoto.

    Since I intended to also visit Nagoya from Osaka, I had to purchase the five-day pass because the two- and three-day passes do not cover Nagoya. Using this type of pass, Kintetsu offers regular service between Osaka and Nagoya with the travel time around four hours where you have to transfer at least once. Since I had only limited time to spend, then I purchased limited express surcharge for 1900 yen to shorten the travel time to just slightly more than two hours with no transfer. Compared to JR and Shinkansen, Kintetsu gives the best deal. Shinkansen cheapest one way train ticket between the two cities is 5830 yen (the travel time is the shortest, 59 minutes only). While JR charges 3350 yen with the travel time of 3 hours.

    A slight problem arises if you want to go to Kobe from Osaka as no Kintetsu pass can cover Kobe. But fortunately, Kintetsu does cooperate with Hanshin running the railways between Osaka and Kobe, For this, Hanshin tourist one-day pass (which costs you 700 yen) is the most economical. To use the train passes effectively from Osaka, walk to the nearest station operated by Kintetsu, e.g. Nippombashi (some stations are jointly operated by several companies such as JR and subways). Tap in (or insert) your Kintetsu train pass and board the direct train heading for Kobe Sannomiya station). Upon arrival in Kobe, tap out (or insert) your Hanshin train pass (instead of Kintetsu pass) to exit from the station. Do the opposite way to travel from Kobe to Osaka area.

  • Rail transportation in Kansai area and Nagoya
  • One of the entrances to Nippombashi station. This station is jointly operated by Kintetsu intercity railways, and subway lines.

  • Rail transportation in Kansai area and Nagoya
  • Kintetsu ticket gates. Doors are normally open to speed up passenger flow in and out, unless you insert an invalid ticket.

  • Rail transportation in Kansai area and Nagoya
  • Platform indicator in Yamato Saidaiji station. Display of destinations, train types, track numbers, and schedule.

  • Rail transportation in Kansai area and Nagoya
  • Marks on platforms. They give clear indication on the location of car number for each type of train, location of car doors and direction to enter the car.

  • Rail transportation in Kansai area and Nagoya
  • Inside a non-limited express car. Clean and comfortable. Except the Limited Express trains those have front-facing seats, the others have sidecar seats.

    Kintetsu is the most economical way to travel within Kansai area and Nagoya. Let we know compare between KIntetsu and JR train passes for Kansai Region. Kintetsu five-day pass costs you 3800 yen (in average 760 yen per day). On the other hand, JR one-, two-, three-, and four-day passes cost you 2300, 4500, 5500, and 6500 yen respectively. If you take the four-day one, then in average it is 1625 yen per day. Hence, for Osaka to Nara day return and for Osaka to Kyoto day return, Kintetsu charges you only 760 yen while JR 1625 yen. Secondly, for Osaka to Nagoya day return, Kintetsu charges you 760 yen (4 hours one way travel time) or 2660 yen (2 hours outbound and 4 hours inbound) or 4560 yen (2 hours each way), while JR 3350 yen (3 hours). Thirdly for Osaka to Kobe day return, Kintetsu plus Hanshin charge you 1460 yen (from any Kintetsu-operated station in Osaka) or 700 yen (using Hanshin from Osaka Namba station), while JR 1625 yen. All Kintetsu, Hanshin, and JR passes are only sold to foreign passport holders and Japanese living abroad.



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