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kansai airport to hotel rihga nakanoshima inn

Kansai Airport to Hotel Rihga Nakanoshima Inn

Me and my sis ln law will be going to Osaka for a 5 days trip.
we will spent 2 days in Kyoto and other day in Osaka.
My itenerary as below:
Day 1 - Kansai airport ( 10.30pm) - Hotel
Day 2 - Hotel - Osaka Castle / Shinsaibashi, Dotomburi ( ferry) / Osaka Museum of Housing & Living/ Tenjimobashi-suji Shopping Street
Day 3 - Kiyomizudera/ Kiyomizu-zaka street/Sannenzaka/Ninenzaka/Gion/Fishimi Inari shrine/
Day 4 - Kinkakuji/Arashiyama
Day 5 - Hotel - Kansai airport

My question is
1. Last train service from Kansai airport to Osaka - we will arrive at 10.30pm, when is the last train depart from airport?
2. can you advice the best route from airport to hotel Rihga ( Higobashi Station) ?
3. I'm thinking to buy a Icoca card OR JR rail pass, which suite us the best ?


Hi there!

Welcome to the forums!

1.) The last train connection between Kansai Airport and Osaka station leaves Kansai Airport at 23:09. There's also an other train leaving at traveling to Tennoji but not all the way to Osaka station.

2.) To travel to your Hotel, take the Nankai Airport Express from Kansai Airport to Namba. You can transfer here to the metro (10min walk but well guided) Yotsubashi Line stopping at Higobashi or take the taxi from Namba for the last part.

3.) I would consider buying an ICOCA IC Card to get you around Kansai, travel is relatively cheap in this area and the JR Pass is better suited for longer distance travel (such as a return to Tokyo).

I hope this helps!

PS: also for day 2 you may find Osaka Unlimited Pass very useful as it allows for unlimited travel on the metro and also gives free entrance to many attractions such as Osaka Castle.

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Hi Daniel,

thanks for your advice , it did help me alot !

As im arrriving airport at 22.30, i just worried that i was unable to catch the last train at 23.09. ( claim baggage, buy IC Card, flight delay, etc..)

Any other transport option ( night bus etc..) take me to Osaka town after 23.09?
i'm not consider to take Taxi as the fare is not affordable.


Hi Again!

Its a known issue but there's hardly any traffic from Kansai Airport - Osaka at night. There is a kind-of-a-night-bus traveling between KIX - Osaka. The service is called Kate and you cound find more about it here.

I just re-read my post and noticed that ''There's also an other train leaving at traveling to Tennoji but not all the way to Osaka station.'' really did not make any sense. Sorry about that. What I tried to say was that a later train option is available

The other option would be to take the leaving Kansai Airport at 23:32. Which travels to the station Tennoji, this is already in the center of Osaka and may be a valid option depending on where your accommodation is located.

I hope this helps!

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Hi Daniel :

thanks for your prompt reply! really happy to know that i need not to overnight at Kansai airport even flight delay.

base on the info provided i summarize the following option:

Nankai Express - last train from Kansai to Namba will be at 23.29 @ 890 Yen
Airport Limousine (night Bus) - last bus from Kansai to Namba is at 0.00 @ 1500 Yen
Airport Limousine - last 3 bus from Kansai to Osaka Stn ( Hotel New Hankyu) at 23.45, 00.30 & 01.30. @ 1500 Yen


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