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  1. Osaka Amazing Pass doesn’t cover the Nankai lines, it only covers Osaka municipal subway and bus lines. https://www.osaka-info.jp/osp/en/about/about_2day.html We would recommend a Kansai Thru Pass instead. It covers Nankai, Subway and many other lines in the region. http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html Please note that this Pass covers Airport Express train from Kansai Airport to Namba. Rapi:t train requires seat reservations and additional charges. https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/
  2. There is a substitute bus service between Hashimoto and Koyasan station. You can still make a trip to Koyasan, but it will take a little longer, around 2 and a half hours. This route can also get busy on weekends and during the holiday season. More information from Nankai Railway: http://www.howto-osaka.com/global/pdf/notice/171101/furikae_en.pdf
  3. Special Rapid services to Kyoto and Kansai airport are not reserved seating. https://www.osakastation.com/jr-kansai-airport-line-kansai-airport-rapid-service/ It may be crowded around the holidays, but you don't need to reserve a seat. For shinkansen we recommend that you make reservations as soon as you arrive in Japan. Christmas is not as busy as New Year, but it's a good idea to make reservations a few days in advance.
  4. The official JR regulation is each passenger is allowed up to two pieces of luggage onto trains, not including smaller bags. Each piece of luggage may not weight more than 30kg and its three dimensions (length, width and depth) may not add up to more than 250cm, while its length may not exceed 200cm. If you have oversized luggage you can use a luggage delivery service that will safely deliver your luggage to your next destination.
  5. From Kyoto Station you can take bus number 28 to Arashiyama. From Kawaramachi take bus number 11 to Arashiyama. Here you can find more information about taking a bus in Kyoto, including maps and destinations: https://www.kyotostation.com/taking-a-bus-in-kyoto/ You can also go to Arashiyama by train: https://www.kyotostation.com/traveling-from-kyoto-station-to-arashiyama/
  6. 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 close on January 1st, but are open on all other days around New Year.
  7. If your luggage will fit in locker you can access the station lockers as soon as the station opens (before 7 am). Another possibility is to keep luggage at your hotel or send for next day delivery. Most hotels will hold your luggage after you check out or before you check in.
  8. Here is lost and found information for Osaka subway: http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.lg.jp/foreign/english/FoundCenter.html and JR West: https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/howto/service_02.html
  9. For oversized luggage you can use the baggage room on the fist floor at Shin Osaka Station. Here is a map: https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/sc/timetable/pdf/station_shin-osaka.pdf https://www.osakastation.com/shin-osaka-station-facilities-transfers/
  10. So many stations in one area certainly can be confusing. Your hotel is east of Nankai Namba Station. To get to Midosuji or Yotsubashi Line you will need to walk back in the direction of Nankai station. Here is a good map of the area showing all the stations: http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/plan/images/minami.pdf
  11. Terminal 1 building is directly connected to the Kansai Airport Station. Follow the signs from international arrivals to the second floor (domestic arrivals) and then to the station. http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/map/pdf/t1_2f.pdf
  12. Take the main North Exit (To Midosuji, Shinsaibashisuji, Sennichimae.) and then turn right. Walk two and a half blocks east and one block south. https://www.google.com/maps/place/APA+Hotel+Namba-higashi/@34.6649625,135.5021701,17z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sapa+namba+eki+higashi!3m4!1s0x6000e76a481d34f1:0x5e7625009c08055c!8m2!3d34.664594!4d135.50457
  13. Follow the signs to New South Gate. The Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal is located right above the New South Gate. You can find more information here: https://www.shinjukustation.com/new-shinjuku-expressway-bus-terminal-basuta-shinjuku/ The station layout map: https://www.shinjukustation.com/shinjuku-station-map-finding-your-way/
  14. You can get an ICOCA card at the JR ticket office or ticket machine at Kansai Airport station on arrival.
  15. According to the website http://kloop.jp/en/ it only operates on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Another alternative is the Sky Bus operating every day: https://www.kyotostation.com/kyoto-sky-bus-sightseeing-bus-tour-kyoto/
  16. Going to Nara from Namba area you can take JR or Kintetsu lines: https://www.osakastation.com/traveling-from-osaka-to-nara/ The fastest way to go to Kyoto from Namba is to take the subway Midosuji line to Osaka Station and get on a JR train from there: https://www.osakastation.com/traveling-from-osaka-to-kyoto/
  17. Only airport express trains, like Narita Express, Kansai Haruka and Nankai Rapit, have dedicated luggage space. On shinkansen bullet trains luggage can be stored on the overhead shelf (airline carry-on size and slightly larger medium size suitcases) or in a space behind the last row of seats (larger suitcases, but the space is limited). You can also send your large suitcases to the next destination via a luggage delivery service available across Japan for a reasonable price. Most hotels will help you fill out the paperwork and call for a pick-up.
  18. Here is a Google map of the hotel: https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/アパホテル〈なんば駅東〉/@34.6645984,135.5023813,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x6000e76a481d34f1:0x5e7625009c08055c!8m2!3d34.664594!4d135.50457 You can use “Directions” to find a way from Nankai Namba Station to the hotel.
  19. Airport Express is a commuter train. You can use ICOCA IC card at the ticket gates to board this train. Rapit is a limited express with reserved seats. You will need to buy a ticket with a seat reservation. Both take about the same amount of time, but Rapit offers a more comfortable journey.
  20. Nankai Rapit Airport Express is the fastest way to get to Namba from Kansai Airport. https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/
  21. There are many 3 star hotels in the Namba station area. We recommend the following (all within 5-10 minutes walking distance from Nankai Namba station: Dormy Inn Shinsaibashi APA Hotel Namba-Eki Higashi Ibis Styles Osaka If you are going to stay in the Namba area the best way to go to Kyoto is to take the subway to Osaka station and get a JR train from there. This article covers all the ways to travel between Osaka and Kyoto is by rail: https://www.osakastation.com/traveling-from-osaka-to-kyoto/
  22. According to JR regulations, each passenger may bring up to two pieces of luggage onto trains, not including smaller bags. Each piece of luggage may not weight more than 30kgand its three dimensions (length, width and depth) may not add up to more than 250cm, while its length may not exceed 200cm. Local trains may be crowded during rush hour. If you have Japan Rail Pass you can get reserved seats on Thunderbird limited express from Osaka to Kyoto, or Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Kyoto. Ther are also several luggage delivery companies that will pickup luggage from your hotel in Osaka and deliver it directly to your hotel in Kyoto.
  23. You can find information about all the ways to travel from Osaka to Kyoto on this page: https://www.osakastation.com/traveling-from-osaka-to-kyoto/ Yes, you can use ICOCA, or any other IC card, in Kyoto. All local IC cards in Japan can be used in other regions. https://www.japanstation.com/japans-prepaid-transportation-cards-ic-cards/
  24. Nankai All Line 2 day pass will work for your trips to the airport, but it only covers Airport Express (base fare), for Rapi:t you will need to pay additional Limited Express surcharge of 510 yen one way. With this pass two return journeys to the airport on two separate days on Airport Express will cost you 2,000 yen (500 per ride). Without a pass two return journeys will cost you 3,680 on Airport Express (920 per ride) and 5,720 on Rapi:t (1,430 per ride). There are other discount tickets available for Rapi:t, some of them have to be purchased outside Japan: http://www.howto-osaka.com/en/ticket/ticket/rapitEconomy.html http://www.howto-osaka.com/en/ticket/ticket/nambaRT.html
  25. The train fare for Nankai Rapit is the same to Shin Imamiya and Nankai Namba - ¥ 1,430. You can buy a ticket to Namba and get off at Shin Imamiya. Regular Nankai Airport Express takes about the same time and it's a little cheaper at ¥920, but the seats are not as comfortable as Rapit. You can find more information about Rapit and Airport Express on this page: https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/