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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. With a Japan Rail Pass you can travel in a basic compartment on the Sunrise Seto & Sunrise Izumo at no extra charge. All compartments on these trains are reserved. You will need to make a reservation with your Japan Rail Pass before boarding the train. Reservations can be made at any JR ticket office in Japan. Unfortunately, there are no online reservations for these trains. You will need to make reservations in person. We suggest making reservations in advance as soon as you arrive in Japan and activate your Japan Rail Pass.
  5. The Limited Express Shinano is operated by JR Central. It doesn't offer online reservations. You can make a reservation at any JR ticket office in Japan in person.
  6. Unfortunately, there is no English language assistance available for coin lockers. You can try contacting Kyoto Tourist Information Center at Kyoto Station by phone: https://tic.jnto.go.jp/detail.php?id=1219
  7. 1. Narita Express does go directly to Shibuya Station. https://www.japanstation.com/narita-express-tokyos-airport-shuttle/ 2. Shibuya Tokyu REI Hotel is located north-east of the station. You can use any exit on the north side. The Hachiko gate is probably most convenient. You can find a map on the hotel website: https://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/global/shibuya-r/access/index.html 3. Your hotel will be able to arrange Yamato luggage delivery for you. We suggest confirming delivery times at the hotel reception at least a day in advance.
  8. There are buses running throughout the day from Kanazawa Station to Shirakawa-go. http://www.hokutetsu.co.jp/en/en_highway-takayama https://www.kanazawastation.com/day-trip-from-kanazawa-to-shirakawa-go-gokayama/ There are also buses running from Toyama to Shirakawa-go: https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/highwaybus/toyama_en/
  9. ICOCA card can be used on all subway lines in Osaka. For more information about The Sakaisuji Subway Line: https://www.osakastation.com/the-sakaisuji-subway-line/ IC cards in Japan: https://www.japanstation.com/japans-prepaid-transportation-cards-ic-cards/
  10. Kansai Thru Pass will cover base fare from KIX to Namba. You will need to pay an extra fee of around 500 yen to upgrade to Rapi:t with a reserved seat. You can take regular Airport Express without extra charges. For more details about Rapi:t and Airport Express visit this page: https://www.osakastation.com/the-nankai-airport-line-the-airport-express-rapit-services-for-kansai-airport-namba/
  11. It is possible to make this connection in 6 minutes but it will be very tight. Narita Express trains run from Shinjuku around every 30 minutes during the day. Please also consider taking the next Narita Express if it arrives in time for your flight.
  12. You can take Narita Express train directly to Shinjuku Station: https://www.japanstation.com/narita-express-tokyos-airport-shuttle/ or airport limousine bus to Shinjuku Station or one of nearby hotels: https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/areas/detail/nrt/shinjuku/dep
  13. You certainly can take Narita Express on November 8th with a JR Pass that is valid until November 10th. All seats on Narita Express are reserved. You will need to make a seat reservation with your JR Pass at any JR ticket office before you board the train.
  14. Generally, small pets can be carried on public transportation in a cage or bag. JR charges extra for pets. https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/support/accessibility/ Small animals, e.g. dogs, cats, pigeons and such like (excluding ferocious animals and snakes), may be brought in on trains as long as they are no more than 10 kilograms in weight, are placed in a cage of up to 70 centimeters in length, where the sum of the length, width and height of the cage is about 90 centimeters, and are recognized to cause no damage or disturbance to other passengers. If you are carrying on a small animal (pet, etc.), please do not take it out of its carrying case at the station or inside the train.
  15. Yes, you can use the Kansai Wide Area Pass on this route. All the schedules and connections can be found on: http://www.hyperdia.com/
  16. Normally, Haruka Express from Kansai Airport arrives at platform number 1 at Shin-Osaka Station. You can check the arrival platform of your particular train on Hyperdia: http://www.hyperdia.com/
  17. Generally, you can use a locker for a maximum of three days. After the initial first day charge you will need to pay for extra days when you collect your luggage. After three days your property will be transferred to another storage area. If your property is not claimed from storage within 30 days it will be disposed of. There is also a luggage storage office on the 1st floor: https://www.osakastation.com/shin-osaka-station-facilities-transfers/ Some hotels will store your luggage for a few days if you are staying there. You can also use a delivery service to send your luggage directly to your next destination or to the airport.
  18. Narita Express trains run frequently. When you arrive at Narita airport follow the signs to “Railways” and buy a ticket for the next train. There is no need to reserve in advance.
  19. JR East Pass doesn't cover Matsumoto to Nakatsugawa. LTD. EXP. (WIDE VIEW) SHINANO costs 3,770 yen for unreserved seat and 4,290 yen for reserved seat and takes 76 minutes. JR CHUO LINE LOCAL for NAKATSUGAWA costs 1,940 yen and takes 149 minutes. Please also note that there are two different JR East Passes now: Tohoku and Nagano, Niigata. http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/eastpass/
  20. Yes, you can buy tickets in advance at any JR ticket office at any JR station. Trains on this route run very frequently (around every 10 minutes). Tickets are usually available on the day of travel, and definitely available if you buy a few days in advance.
  21. 1) Yes, the Japan Rail Pass offers unlimited travel on JR railways within its validity period (7, 14 or 21 days). 2) Generally JR trains operate between 5-6 am to 11pm-midnight. You can find the schedules on http://www.hyperdia.com/en/
  22. 5 minutes is barely enough to make a transfer. It is possible, but very tight. You will need to go down escalator and then up escalator to another platform. We would recommend changing your reservation to the next train. The trains covered by the Japan Rail Pass (Hikari, Kodama, Sakura) run about every 20-30 minutes.
  23. You can buy a train ticket from Tokyo to Osaka at any Japan Railways (JR) ticket office in Japan. One way fare with a reserved seat is 14,450 yen. You may find our Guide to Rail Travel in Japan useful: https://www.japanstation.com/guide-to-rail-travel-in-japan/ Buying Shinkansen tickets: https://www.osakastation.com/buying-shinkansen-tickets-at-shin-osaka-station/
  24. Both passes offer unlimited travel within a limited time period. The coverage area is similar, but Kansai Thru Pass covers multiple railway companies (excluding JR), local subways and buses. Selecting which pass is better for you really depends on where you are planning to stay, using local transport, etc. Traveling from Kyoto or Osaka to Himeji is probably easier on JR: https://www.kyotostation.com/jr-kyoto-line-for-osaka-sannomiya-himeji/
  25. You may find our Japan Rail Pass Value Calculator helpful: https://www.japanstation.com/japan-rail-pass-value-calculator/ Enter your trip destinations and find out which rail passes are a good value for your trip, including Kansai Area Pass.