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help on best passes for osaka, kyoto and nara.

Help on Best Passes for Osaka, Kyoto and Nara.

Hi there, I need help on which passes work best for us. We will be in Kansai Region on April 10-14, 2015. I'm thinking of getting the ICOCA and HARUKA pass and just load the ICOCA card with another 1.5-2K yen. May I know whether the ICOCA card may be used for JR Special Rapid Service? Also, is the HARUKA card good from Kansai Airport until our destination station, which is Shinfukae at Sennichimae Line? or is it just until a certain station? Our tentative itinerary is:

Day 1: Kansai Airport to Shinfukae then go around Osaka attractions
Day 2: Kyoto
Day 3: Nara and other Osaka Attractions
Day 4: USJ
Day 5: Home bound-Shinfukae to Kansai Airport.

I'm also thinking of including Kobe in the itinerary but I'm not sure if I can fit in Kobe and Nara in 1 day.

Anyone who can help, please reply here :) Thank you

mariapaula
mariapaula

Hello there,

Yes, I would also advise a Haruka + Icoca package for this trip. The ICOCA card can be used for almost any kind of transportation in Kansai, including the rapid airport service. Please see this map for validity of the Haruka ticket.

Kobe and Nara really deserve a day each, so I'd advise sticking to one per day :)

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you so much Daniel!

mariapaula
mariapaula

Hi again Daniel,

Can you give me information about the Osaka 1 day pass (800 yen)? Does it cover almost any kind of transportation as well? Thank you!

Paula

mariapaula
mariapaula

Hi Again!

This pass covers: Unlimited use (for One-day) on Osaka Municipal Subway, New Tram, City Bus in Osaka area.

But not the JR lines going trough Osaka.

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