questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

osaka-kyoto

Osaka-Kyoto

Hello there,

we are planning our trip to Osaka Japan for six days.
during this trip part of our itinerary is visiting a Day tour to Kyoto and himeji castle.
and if we have an extra day perhaps Nara.

i would like to inquire what type of pass is suitable to this kind of itinerary:
Day 1: Kansai airport to Osaka
Day 2: Day tour Osaka (Namba, Shinsaibashi, Dotonbori)
Day 3: Universal Studios
Day 4: Kyoto and himeji
Day 5: Nara, tennoji and Umeda
Day 6: Rinku outlet and back to Kansai airport

would it be icoca+haruka pass with kansai wide thru pass?

we appreciate to get your feedback as this will be a big help in
fixing and finalizing our itinerary.

Thank you!

miss_owie
miss_owie

Hello there,

Since most of your travel is within the Kansai Area, look for a Kansai Pass for travel to Himeji. You can also just use an ICOCA card, as travel within Kansai is priced quite low.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hello Daniel,

thanks for your immediate response i appreciate it.

since you mentioned ICOCA card does this means that we can use this going to Universal Studios?

miss_owie
miss_owie

Hi again!,

Yes, an Icoca card would work fine for travel to Universal Studios.

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Daniel-san
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Hello,

thanks a lot! big help for a budget traveler like me :)

miss_owie
miss_owie

Hello there,

i would just like to double check what is the difference between an ICOCA and Kansai One Pass?

kindly advice

Thank you

Owie

miss_owie
miss_owie

Hi Owie,

The ICOCA card is simply a prepaid travel card. While the Kansai Wide Pass is an area pass that allows for unlimited travel within that area.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hello Daniel,

ok clear, thanks a lot for that info.

i read in the kansai one pass page that it is worth 3000YEN.
my question is it one day use only the 3000YEN? or unlimited travel meaning good for 3-5
consecutive days?

sorry a bit confused.

miss_owie
miss_owie

Hi again,

There are a couple of Kansai Passes, can you give me a link to the one you are talking about. This way I am sure we are not talking about different passes.

Kind regards,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hello Daniel,

i think the Kansai Wide pass is different from the new Kansai One pass.

here are the links for your reference:

http://www.getaroundjapan.jp/node/16324

http://kansaionepass.com/kf_pr/kf_pr_en.html

thank you again i appreciate your help :)

miss_owie
miss_owie

Hi again!

Yes, there are so many passes in Kansai that it gets rather confusing (I know at least of 3 others).

So the Kansai One pass basically is an ICOCA card with some extra discount options (such as 20% discount on Himeji Castle). It has 2,500yen of travel credit and this simply goes down each time you travel. You can also top it up again. The most important thing to understand here is that it does not provide a discount on travel on its own, rather it is a convenient way of travelling without having to buy a ticket each time.

The Kansai Wide Pass, is like an area pass. You pay a flat fee for unlimited travel within a certain area for a couple of days. This is useful if you would have more travel cost than the price of this pass.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hello Daniel,

thanks for your detailed information such a big help :)
i just have to review now our itinerary so we can finally decide which
type of pass to use.

lastly, is the Kansai Wide Pass covers travel to Universal Studio and Rinku outlet?

kind regards,

Owie :)

miss_owie
miss_owie

Hi Owie,

Yes, it would include travel to both Universal Studio and Rinku outlet.

All the best,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hello Daniel,

can we use the Kansai Wide Pass in certain subways?
OR this only covers all JR local trains?

we are thinking of buying both ICOCA and 2 Days Kansai Wide Pass
to cover all our travels both in subways, buses and JR local trains for our own convenience.
i think Kansai Wide Pass serves a great deal espcecially if we are going to Kyoto.

let me know your thoughts on this. thank you for your patience :)

miss_owie
miss_owie

Hi again!

The Kansai pass is limited to JR lines only.

Adding the ICOCA card is a great idea!

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Daniel-san
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Hello Daniel,

ok got it now its all clear..thank you so much for all your help i really appreciate it! :)

kind regards,

Owie

miss_owie
miss_owie

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