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  1. During normal operations you can use a Suica card to go all the way from Shin-Imamiya to Koyasan. Unfortunately, some areas of the railroad service between NAMBA station and KOYASAN station are temporary unavailable. There is a substitute bus which bring passengers from HASHIMOTO station to KOYASAN station. More details about the substitute bus service: http://www.nankaikoya.jp/en/


     We'd recommend getting a paper ticket that can be used for the bus as well. The regular fare covers the train and the substitute bus.

  2. Both Suica and Pasmo can be used and reloaded in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and in all other major cities. You can use one city’s cards for transport in another city, but they can’t be used to travel long distances from one metro area to another, Tokyo to Osaka for example.

    The only difference between Suica and Pasmo is if you decide to return your card for a stored value refund, Suica has to be returned to JR East and Pasmo to Tokyo Metro.

    You can find more information about IC cards in this article: https://www.japanstation.com/japans-prepaid-transportation-cards-ic-cards/

  3. An IC card from Kyoto can be used and topped up in Tokyo and other locations in Japan.


    Kansai Thru Pass covers all your destinations (on non-JR lines), as well as subways and buses in Osaka and Kyoto. You can find the full list here: http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html

    JR Kansai Area Pass covers all your destinations on JR only lines.

    If you’d like the flexibility of using both JR and non-JR lines an IC card will work well.


  4. 18 hours ago, bfigure8 said:


    1. I will be travelling from Kyoto to Uno. Are there any trains that are not valid for usage under this Rail Pass?


    Kansai Wide Pass doesn’t cover Shinkansen from Kyoto to Shin-Osaka. You can take an express train instead. All other JR trains from Osaka to Uno are covered.

    18 hours ago, bfigure8 said:

    2. I will also be travelling from Uno to Osaka. Are there any trains that are not valid for usage under this Rail Pass?

    All JR trains between Uno and Osaka are covered.

    18 hours ago, bfigure8 said:

    3. Can I use this Rail Pass for the The Rapi:t Airport Express from Osaka Namba Station to Kansai International Airport?


    Rapi:t Airport Express is not operated by JR, so it’s not covered.

  5. If you are coming on this day trip from Osaka we would recommend getting a Kansai Thru Pass that covers transportation between Osaka and Kyoto, as well as Kyoto subways, buses, non-JR railways to Arashiyama (Hankyu) and Inari (Keihan). http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html

    Otherwise, we would recommend getting a prepaid IC card that can be used on any transportation in Kyoto. https://www.japanstation.com/japans-prepaid-transportation-cards-ic-cards/

  6. To travel from Nagoya to Shirakawa-go you will need to take a train (Limited Express Hida) to Takayama and a bus from Takayama to Shirakawa-go. It takes about 3 and a half hours.

    The regular Japan Rail Pass covers Limited Express Hida (Nagoya-Takayama), but not the bus.

    Limited Express Hida information: https://www.nagoyastation.com/the-limited-express-hida-for-gifu-gero-takayama-toyama/

    Bus information (route bus): https://www.nouhibus.co.jp/route_bus/takayama-shirakawago-line-en/
    (tour bus): https://japanbusonline.com/en/CourseDetail/index/12102010001

    Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass covers both Limited Express Hida and the bus to Shirakawa-go: http://touristpass.jp/en/takayama_hokuriku/

    There is also a direct bus from Nagoya to Shirakawa-go that may be faster, but it's not covered by any pass: http://www.gifubus.co.jp/highway/shirakawa/


  7. Shinkansen (bullet train) services between Shin-Osaka and Tokyo are very frequent (every 10-15 minutes). You will have no problem buying a ticket on the day of travel or a few days in advance after your arrival in Japan.

    You will find more information about buying shinkansen tickets on this page: https://www.osakastation.com/buying-shinkansen-tickets-at-shin-osaka-station/

    Please note that you can buy shinkansen tickets at any JR ticket office in Japan, not only Shin-Osaka station.

  8. Yes, you can use the same ticket to take any JR train from Tennoji to Osaka station, as long as you don't exit the station when you make the transfer.

    We would recommend taking Kansai Airport Raid all the way from the airport to Osaka station. This way you don't need to make a transfer at Tennoji and it costs about the same.


    You can get an ICOCA card from any JR ticket office or ticket machine in Osaka for the same price.

  9. "Kansai Area Pass" you are referring to is only valid for:

    - Non-reserved seats on Kansai-airport Express HARUKA
    - Special Rapid Services, Rapid Services, and Local trains on JR-WEST Conventional lines

    It is NOT valid for any Shinkansen or Limited Express trains.
    You can take a Special Raid train from Kyoto to Himeji with this pass, it takes 92 minutes one way. https://www.kyotostation.com/jr-kyoto-line-for-osaka-sannomiya-himeji/

    The nationwide "Japan Rail Pass" is valid for all trains, including Shinkansen (except Nozomi). https://www.japanstation.com/japan-rail-pass-discounted-travel-on-japan-railways/

    If you plan to visit other places in Japan then nationwide Japan Rail Pass may be a good deal for you. If you only plan to visit Kyoto and Himeji by shinkansen a single ticket may be a better deal.

    This article explains the difference between shinkansen, limited express and rapid trains: https://www.japanstation.com/guide-to-rail-travel-in-japan/

  10. Business Inn Sennichimae Hotel is located a few blocks north-east of Nankai Namba Station. 


    Take Nankai Airport Express from Kansai Airport directly to Nankai Namba Station.


    Walking to the hotel from Nankai Namba Station will take around 15 minutes. If you have heavy luggage and prefer to take a taxi it will cost around 1000 yen.