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guide for osaka-kyoto-nara-osaka

Guide for Osaka-Kyoto-Nara-Osaka

Hello. We are traveling in a family group of 5 adults. What kind of public transport ticket should we buy and how much would travel cost us?

Mar 28 - KIX Osaka Airport to Namba hotel
Mar 29 - Namba to Kyoto
(Travel around Kyoto) April 1 - Kyoto to Nara
(Travel around Nara) April 3 - Nara to Osaka
April 3 - 7 Travel around Osaka
April 7 - Namba hotel to KIX Osaka airport

3 persons from our party are staying on in Osaka or Kobe from April 7 -13, and leaving from KIX airport then.

Appreciate all suggestions! Great service -- arigato ;-)


Hi there,

Tickets in the Kansai Area are not very expansive in general.
I would recommend that you buy single tickets as you go for the above routes.

Since you are arriving at Kansai Airport, a Haruka + Icoca package may be of interest. It offers a smooth ride into Osaka and comes with a rechargeable IC-Card that you can use for your further travels in the Area.

Hope this helps,

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Thanks for the very prompt response.

Since we are traveling during the cherry blossom season, will the train ticket lines be very long if we have to buy single tickets each time?

Thanks again.


Hi Again,

Yes trains may be a little more busy that normal, if you buy an IC card you can just swipe it over the ticket gate and you won't have to queue up for the ticket machines. In Kansai the most widely accepted IC card is Icoca. I don't think you will have to wait very long though, if you don't use one.

Let me know if you have any other question!

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