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  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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



  4. 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/

  5. 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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  6. Hello Kitty Shinkansen operates as "Kodama 730" from Hakata to Shin-Osaka. Departing Hakata at 6:40am and arriving at Shin-Osaka at 11:13am. You can buy tickets at any JR ticket office in Japan. It's a good idea to make ticket reservations as soon as you arrive in Japan because this train is very popular.

    You can find the details, including operation days, in this news release:


  7. When you enter ticket gates for the first time using your pass it gets stamped. If you use a regular ticket at Kyoto station, remain on board at Tsuruga and exit at Kanazawa you may be questioned why you don't have a stamp. Keep the Kyoto to Tsuruga ticket in case of any questions. It shouldn't be a problem as long as you can show the Kyoto to Tsuruga ticket.