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Your Japan Transport Pass Guide To Osaka, Kyoto, Nara And Kobe

Discover the Kansai region the way that suits your plans best

Photos: Klook

Aside from Tokyo, the Kansai region is easily one of the most-visited places in Japan! Home to ultra-popular cities like OsakaKyoto, Nara and Kobe with plenty of excitement, yummy food, and beautiful sights to see, it’s no wonder Kansai is a huge must-visit spot.

A popular travel route in Kansai typically involves the usual suspects – Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe – but many visitors also like to include certain further destinations into their itinerary. The big question is, which Kansai transport pass should you get? Read the breakdown of each transport pass below to find the perfect one for you!

Pro-tip: Make sure to also read up on the differences between ICOCA, Kansai Thru Pass & Osaka Amazing Pass.

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1. JR West Kansai Pass / JR Kansai Area Pass

Exclusively for foreign tourists to Japan, the JR West Kansai Pass provides unlimited travel on local JR trains and West JR buses in the Kansai region around Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and more for one to four days. It is also inclusive of the Kansai-Airport Express Haruka train.

Valid on:

  • Non-reserved seats on Kansai-Airport Express Haruka train
  • Special Rapid Services, Rapid Services, and local trains on JR-West Conventional lines
  • West JR Bus services within the area

Not valid on:

  • Shinkansen or other Limited Express trains, except for Kansai-Airport Haruka train

Separate Express tickets are required for:

  • Reserved seats on Kansai-Airport Express Haruka train
  • Reserved and non-reserved seats on other Express trains

How to use: Purchase your JR West Kansai Pass from Klook. When in Japan, show your passport and Klook e-voucher to collect your rail pass. After collection, you may access unlimited journeys within the validity date and valid area. Please present your passport to the station staff when using your rail pass.

Cities covered: Designated Kansai areas – Kansai International Airport, Universal City Station, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Himeji, Wakayama, Shiga, Tsuruga, Tennoji, Iga-Ueno and more. Refer to JR West train route map for more details.

Who is it for?
The JR West Kansai Pass is great if you’re a foreign visitor to Japan who wants to explore the Kansai areas stated above. It’s especially useful and worth it if you’re combining your Osaka-Kyoto-Nara-Kobe trip with a visit to a further destination like Himeji, Iga-Ueno and more.

You can opt for the 1 day2 day3 day or 4 day pass to easily accommodate your itinerary.

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