​Enjoy Cost-efficient Travel Between Popular Kansai Spots and Hiroshima with Travel Free Passes!

by JNTO on 25 December 2019


Enjoy Cost-efficient Travel Between Popular Kansai Spots and Hiroshima with Travel Free Passes!Free passes refer to discount passes and are great for optimizing your travel in terms of time and cost to get you to as many of your destinations as possible. In this article, we will take a look at the best way to travel in the Kansai area (Western Japan), popular for its many sightseeing spots and national world heritage sites!Free passes refer to discount passes and are great for optimizing your travel in terms of time and cost to get you to as many of your destinations as possible. In this article, we will take a look at the best way to travel in the Kansai area (Western Japan), popular for its many sightseeing spots and national world heritage sites!Here is how you can get the most bang for your buck while attempting to travel to all your favourite spots! Please note that the free pass introduced in this article can only be purchased by visitors who are foreign nationals and entering Japan with status of “temporary visitor”.

Unlimited rides on the subway, Keihan Railway, and JR Lines with the Kansai Area Pass

Unlimited rides on the subway, Keihan Railway, and JR Lines with the Kansai Area PassWe recommend this pass for visitors looking to visit Osaka prefecture, Kyoto prefecture, Kobe city, and other popular areas in Kansai.
The pass can be purchased for various periods from 1 day up to 4 days. This pass includes non-reserved seats on the Kansai-Airport Express “HARUKA” to Kyoto too!

Valid Routes & Transportation

  • Kansai-Airport Express “HARUKA”, Special Rapid Services, Rapid Services, and local trains on JR-WEST Conventional lines
  • JR-WEST Bus
  • ※ KYOTO CITY SUBWAY 1Day pass may be used for the Kyoto City Subway.
  • ※ KYOTO SIGHTSEEING PASS may be used for the Keihan Railway

Ticket Purchase/Exchange Locations

1 Where to purchase exchange orders at overseas locations

Exchange orders can be purchased from overseas travel agencies.

2 Where to purchase a ticket in Japan/How to reserve online

  • JR-WEST Kansai Airport Station, Shin-Osaka Station, Osaka Station, Kyoto Station, Nara Station, JR Namba Station, Kobe Station, Shin-Kobe Station, Sannomiya Station, and other large stations in the Kansai area.
  • Kansai Tourist Information Center Kansai Airport, Kansai Tourist Information Center Kyoto, TiS Kyoto, TiS Shin-Osaka, TiS Osaka, TiS Sannomiya, Travel Service Center OSAKA, Travel Service Center SHIN-OSAKA, etc.
  • ※ Tickets reserved online may only be picked up at JR-WEST stations

Get to all the popular spots and eateries with ease! Enjoy Kyoto to the fullest with this ideal day plan!

Get to all the popular spots and eateries with ease! Enjoy Kyoto to the fullest with this ideal day plan!Kyoto Station→Kiyomizu-dera (Kiyomizu Temple)→Philosopher’s Path (Tetsugaku no Michi)→Ginkakuji→Arashiyama (Lunch)→Togetsu-kyo Bridge

After arriving at Kyoto Station, head straight to Kiyomizu-dera. You can enjoy gazing at the surrounding snowy scenery from the “Stage of Kiyomizu” which is said to provide outstanding panoramic view of Kyoto. Following which, pass through the man-made channels of “The Philosopher's Path”, created during the Meiji era, to Ginkakuji (Silver Pavilion) Temple. Ginshadan (imagine the “sea of silver sand”) and Kogetsudai (mound of sand shaped like Mountain) are spectacular to behold in the winter when the snow has settled!

Yudofu Kyoto JapanAfter that, continue to Arashiyama. Winter in Kyoto can be quite chilly, so you can warm yourself up with a yudofu (warm tofu) lunch before heading to Togetsu-kyo Bridge. You will not want to miss the beautiful illuminations here while travelling in December! (Duration of illumination event changes depending on the year.)

Enjoy Japan at Ise Grand Shrine and Kumano Kodo easily from Osaka and Nagoya!
Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass

Enjoy Japan at Ise Grand Shrine and Kumano Kodo easily from Osaka and Nagoya! Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist PassThe world heritage sites of Mie prefecture, Nara prefecture, or Wakayama prefecture can be easily accessed from Osaka city or Nagoya city and, the Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass is a great option. And The area of this pass includes the Ise Grand Shrine and Kumano Kudo.
The recommendation to visit with this pass is Nachi Falls and Kumano Sanzan. Both spots are tourist attractions that represent Wakayama prefecture. In particular, Kumano Sanzan has been visited by the emperors and other powerful figures in Japan since ancient times.Kumano Kodo WakayamaKumano Kodo WakayamaIn addition, there are unique onsen (hot springs) such as river baths and cave baths. The Katsuura fishing port of Wakayama prefecture is also famous for the highest tuna catch in Japan, so you can enjoy fresh seafood.
The pass is valid for 5 consecutive days. Enjoy unlimited travel for non-reserved seats on JR lines and all other regular lines in the area. Seats can be reserved on the limited express and rapid trains up to 4 times during the validity of the pass. Only non-reserved seating is available on the pass between Kansai Airport and Shin-Osaka Station, so remember to check your travel information beforehand!

Valid Routes & Transportation

  • Non-reserved seats on JR and Ise Railway limited express, express, rapid, and local trains
  • Nagoya Station to within Osaka City (Kansai Line, Kisei Line, Hanwa Line), Hineno Station to Kansai-Airport Station (Kansai Airport Line), Taki Station to Toba Station (Sangu Line), etc.
  • Wakayama Electric Railway: Wakayama Station to Kishi Station
  • Mie Kotsu Buses: Geku-Naiku Line, Ise/Futami/Toba Excursion Bus "CAN Bus", Owase Station to Washige, etc.
  • Kumano Kotsu Buses: Kii-Katsuura Station to Nachisan, Shingu Station to Hongu Taisha-front, Shingu station to Koguchi
  • ※ Rental bicycle service “Ekirin-kun” can be used from Wakayama Station, Kii-Tanabe Station, and Shirahama Station (The rental service is available for those 12 years old or older.)

Ticket Purchase/Exchange Locations

  • JR-CENTRAL ticket vendors,Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shin-Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka, etc.
  • JR-WEST ticket vendors : Kansai Airport, Shin-Osaka, Osaka, etc.
  • JR-CENTRAL Tours: Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shin-Yokohama, Shin-Osaka, etc.
  • ※ Reserved seats can be reserved at the locations above as well as major stations located on JR-CENTRAL and JR-WEST Lines passing through valid areas of the Tourist Pass.

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