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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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/
  5. You can get an ICOCA card at the JR ticket office or ticket machine at Kansai Airport station on arrival.
  6. 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/
  7. 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/
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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/
  12. 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/
  13. 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.
  14. 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/
  15. 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
  16. 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/
  17. November is the peak season for this area. Tickets are usually booked months in advance. You can try one of the Japanese travel agencies like JTB of HIS. They have local branches in many countries. http://www.jtbnetherlands.com/ http://tojapan.nl/en/his-netherlands/
  18. Your schedule looks fine. Transfers at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto are very quick and the station is designed to make transfers easy. It will take not more than 5 minutes to transfer from an arriving local train to shinkansen. You will just need to pass through ticket gates on the same platform. You can find a station layout map on this page: https://www.hakodatestation.com/shin-hakodate-hokuto-station/ You will need to make reservations for the entire journey with your JR Pass. We suggest you make reservations as early as possible after arriving in Japan. With a JR Pass you can make reservations at any JR tickets office at any station, including New Chitose airport and Sapporo Station.
  19. The last Rapit service departs from Kansai Airport at 23:00 on weekdays. There are several Airport Express trains after that until 23:55. You can find more details about Nankai Kansai Airport services here: https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/ and a full schedule here: http://www.howto-osaka.com/en/traffic/train/timetable.html
  20. We also couldn't find any confirmation that Sunrise Seto has been cancelled. The schedule is still available on Jorudan. https://world.jorudan.co.jp/mln/en/?sub_lang=ja We will monitor the news on this topic and post an update if anything comes up.
  21. Some services run along the Osaka Loop Line for only part of their route. That's why they don't carry the "O" code for the Loop Line, but the code for the line of their ultimate destination. Here is a route map of all the lines with the letter codes: https://www.jr-odekake.net/eki/pdf/ubn.pdf
  22. Departing from Kansai Airport Station the Kansai Airport Rapid Service follows the Kansai Airport Line to Hineno Station, and then follows the Hanwa Line to Tennoji Station. From Tennoji Station the train then follows a clockwise course around the Osaka Loop Line, stopping first at Osaka Station, before reaching Kyobashi Station. Some trains terminate at Kyobashi Station and others continue on to complete the circle at Tennoji Station. https://www.osakastation.com/jr-kansai-airport-line-kansai-airport-rapid-service/
  23. Shoji is a small station and we would not recommend relying on lockers there to store your huge luggage. We would suggest storing your luggage at a bigger station on your way to Hiroshima and back.
  24. Yes, this is correct. If you buy online the discounted price is 1,500. If you buy at the ticket office the full price is 1,650.
  25. From the New South exit you can walk around the station on the west side. Here is a map: https://goo.gl/maps/rf6KyJkfvA42