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  1. You can use an ICOCA card on all the services you mentioned, except Limited Express. Limited Express requires additional seat reservation charge. All other services have non-reserved seats. https://www.osakastation.com/traveling-from-osaka-to-nara/
  2. There are some Nozomi shinkansen services that go from Kyoto to Hakata. Please note that Nozomi is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass. If you do not plan to use the Japan Rail Pass you can take Nozomi all the way to Hakata without any transfers. If you do plan to use the Japan Rail Pass you will need to take Hikari from Kyoto to Shin-Osaka and then transfer to Sakura to continue to Hakata. Transfers can be made in 10 minutes, but we'd recommend 20 to 30 minutes transfer time if you are not familiar with the station layout. Visit Hyperdia for the train schedules on your travel date and time to find the direct Nozomi services.
  3. Hello Susanna, The main ticket office at Kyoto Station is open every day from 5:30-23:00. You can also buy tickets in advance at any JR ticket office in Japan.
  4. Yes, the baggage room is still operating with the same opening time and fees.
  5. You can travel from Sannomiya Station in Kobe to Osaka Station on JR Kobe line. Train fare: 410 yen Train time: 22 minutes by the Special Rapid train https://www.osakastation.com/jr-kobe-line-for-sannomiya-himeji/
  6. You will need separate tickets for Hanshin and JR lines. You can also use an IC card, like ICOCA or Suica, to make transfers easier. Just tap the card at the transfer point, no need to buy separate tickets. https://www.japanstation.com/japans-prepaid-transportation-cards-ic-cards/
  7. Online reservations from Hakata to Kyoto are not available. You can make reservations at any JR ticket office after your arrival in Japan. Trains on this route run frequently and tickets are usually available on the day of travel. We recommend making reservations a day or two in advance.
  8. Nankai Airport Express is a commuter train with seating similar to a subway car. There is no dedicated luggage space, but you will find that a lot of people with luggage take this train. You will have no problem taking your luggage on the Nankai Airport Express. Tickets can be bought at the airport station. You can find more information about the Express service and the Rapi:t service (with reserved seats and dedicated luggage space) on this page: https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/
  9. Please note that Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku is located near Shinjuku Station, not Shibuya. From Shinagawa Station take the Yamanote line to Shinjuku Station, then follow the signs to the New South Exit.
  10. The Shinkansen trains between Shin-Osaka and Kyoto run every 10-15 minutes. There is no need to book tickets in advance.
  11. There is a currency exchange office located inside Nippon Travel Agency on the north side of the central concourse at Kanazawa station: https://www.kanazawastation.com/kanazawa-station-facilities/#Foreign_Currency_Exchange
  12. There are several different discount tickets that can be redeemed at KIX and at Namba station. You can find the details on the Nankai Railway’s website: https://www.howto-osaka.com/en/ticket/ticket/webtoku.html
  13. You can take the Rapi:t train from Shin-Imamiya to KIX as long as you already have a valid ticket (not exchange voucher) or buy a ticket at the station. Vouchers can only be redeemed at Namba.
  14. Take Nankai Airport Express from Kansai Airport directly to Nankai Namba Station. https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/ From Nankai Namba Station walk around 20 minutes. If you have heavy luggage and prefer to take a taxi it will cost around 1000 yen.
  15. Here is a map of the JR Station. Read the Transfers section about transferring to the subway lines: https://www.uenostation.com/ueno-station-map-finding-your-way/ This a map of the subway stations where you can find the ticket office. https://www.uenostation.com/ueno-subway-station-map-finding-your-way/
  16. On Google Maps you can check the train schedule on the date and time when you plan to travel, you will see the departure time and the stations where a particular train will stop. Hyperdia will also show which train will continue to your destination. http://www.hyperdia.com/sp/
  17. Please refer to our Guide to Lost and Found in Japan for information about recovering lost property: https://www.japanstation.com/complete-guide-to-lost-and-found-in-japan/
  18. Please note that Kanku Webtoku voucher can only be exchanged at Nankai Namba Station Service Center (2F). You cannot exchange the voucher for a ticket at Namba station (3F) and other stations such as Shin-imamiya sta. Tengachaya sta. and so on. After the voucher is exchanged for a ticket you can take the actual train from any station, including Tengachaya.
  19. Yes, there is a luggage delivery service at Kanazawa Station. Contact the Tourist Information Center near the station’s East Exit. Luggage sent to other cities is usually delivered on the next day.
  20. If you use separate tickets then you will need to exit ticket gates at Sengakuji and re-enter with Tokyo Subway pass. If you buy the special Weclome Tokyo subway pass you can stay on the train all the way to Asakusa.
  21. There is a special Welcome Tokyo Subway pass that includes Keikyu line one way or return from/to Haneda Airport and unlimited travel on Tokyo subway lines for 24, 48 or 72 hours. You can find the details on this page: https://www.haneda-tokyo-access.com/en/info/discountticket_welcometokyo.html
  22. It is not possible to make a reservation without an actual activated JR Pass and the person who's name is on the pass. https://www.japanstation.com/japan-rail-pass-discounted-travel-on-japan-railways/ It is possible to buy tickets at a ticket counter in advance with cash. You will not get your money back with a JR Pass. The last Shinkansen train of the day from Shin-Osaka to Tokyo depart around 8:30pm. Another alternative is to spend the night in Osaka and take a Shinkansen train to Tokyo in the morning. The first train departs around 6am.
  23. Kansai Thru Pass only covers non-JR lines, it does NOT cover Shinkansen lines. The shinkansen bullet train travels between Shin-Kobe Station and Shin-Osaka Station in just 13 minutes. An unreserved ticket costs 1,500 yen and a reserved seat costs 2,890 yen. https://www.osakastation.com/traveling-from-osaka-to-kobe/ Infants (up to 5 years old) travel for free with no reserved seat. Child (6 to 11 years old) fares are 50 % of the adult price.
  24. It is technically possible, but there is a good chance that all the compartments will be sold out on that day. This train is often sold out on the day of travel. It may be a good idea to make alternate plans in case there are no compartments available on this train.
  25. Isetan at Kyoto Station will close at 6:00 pm on December 31st and reopen at 9:30 am on January 2nd. Aeon mall is open every day during the New Year holidays. The souvenir shops within the station will be open every day, most other shops in the city usually stay closed on January 1st, but are open on all other days around the New Year.