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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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/

  4. At the moment Nankai Airport Express trains are not operating because of damage to the bridge connecting Kansai Airport to mainland. There is no firm estimate when it will be fixed. We expect that other modes of transportation will be available in October. We will post updates about Nankai line when they become available.

  5. 22 minutes is more than enough to transfer at Shin-Osaka station from Shinkansen to JR Lines, as long as you don't stop anywhere along the way. Follow the signs to "Transfer to JR Lines". You can familiarize yourself with the station layout and the signs on this page: https://www.osakastation.com/shin-osaka-station-facilities-transfers/

    Here is a map of the station with Shinkansen tracks at the top and JR lines on the right: https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/timetable/pdf/station_shin-osaka.pdf

  6. Kansai Thru Pass covers most local trains, subways and buses, but not JR Lines. It offers unlimited rides for a fixed price for fixed amount of time.

    ICOCA IC card can be used on any transportation system. It's like a debit card. You make a deposit and then every time you tap the card a fare is deducted from the balance, and you can add more funds to the card whenever you want.

    Because you are planning to use various transportation systems, including JR, ICOCA is probably the better option for you.

    More information about ICOCA and IC Cards: https://www.japanstation.com/japans-prepaid-transportation-cards-ic-cards/

    Kansai Thru Pass: http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html



  7. Going from JR East Travel Service Center to Odakyu Service Center is about 5-10 minute walk. You don't need to enter the station or pass through ticket gates.

    Turn right as you exit the JR East Travel Service Center, then turn right again, cross the street and walk around the station on the left side until you see Odakyu entrance.

    On this map you can find JR East Travel Service Center at the top and Odakyu entrance on the right: https://www.shinjukustation.com/shinjuku-station-map-finding-your-way/

  8. Meitetsu Inn Nagoyaeki Shinkansenguchi is on the west side of the station (Taikodori side exit). All platforms have lifts or escalators, or both.

    Visit this page to familiarize yourself with the station layout: https://www.nagoyastation.com/nagoya-station-map-finding-your-way/

    On this page you can find a map with lifts and escalators marked: http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/station/index.html

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