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Everything about Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe

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Everything about Kansai
Updated : Jan 17 2016

Official Tourist Website Festival & Events in Kansai Hotels/Ryokan/Hostels
Hostels and other Cheaper Accommodations recommended by posters Trains/Metros/Bus
  1. Shinkansen/JR Train Planner
  2. Japan Railpass
    All Japan : http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en001.html
    Should you buy a Japan Railpass ? http://www.tinyurl.com/FilesJRPass
    Other Regional Railway/Transport Passes http://tinyurl.com/regionpass
    Transport Maps
    JR Railway Map Kansai https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/trav ... /routemap/
    Kyoto Bus Routes & Maps http://www.city.kyoto.jp/koho/eng/access/transport.html
  3. Other Transport
Places in Kansai recommended by Posters (not in order of preference)
a) Kyoto. Our members recommend spending at least 3 days in Kyoto. In these 3 days, you can combine places that are close together. We have grouped them under (East, West, Central, North, South) for your conveience. Places to go to with kids http://critterscafe.blogspot.sg/2013/08 ... -kids.html

b) Osaka c) Nara d) Kobe e) Excursion outside of the cities, Nearby prefectures Food (Affordable) Department Store/Shopping Centre (Affordable) Others
  1. Getting Pocket Wi-fi, SIM http://www.tinyurl.com/FilesWireless
  2. Weather http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html. Temperature by Month http://www.worldweatheronline.com/Osaka ... ka/JP.aspx
  3. Autum Leaves in Japan http://kouyou.nihon-kankou.or.jp/
  4. Osaka Free Guides/Volunteers http://www.osakafreeguide.com/
  5. Snow & Surf Guide http://snow.gnavi.co.jp/en/
  6. Japan Welcome Guide for Muslim traveller http://muslimguide.jnto.go.jp/eng/
  7. Osaka tourism guide published by Nanka Railways http://www.howto-osaka.com/en/pdfdl/01.html
  8. Sending luggages via Ta-Q-Bin. Steps : http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/tourist/hotel/ Rates : http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/send/ta_q_bin/
  9. Owl Cafe : https://www.facebook.com/groups/2307368 ... 554183625/
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Everything About Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe
Updated : 1 May 2018
A. Landed in Japan
A1. How to Travel from Kansai Airport to City, Options
JR Haruka. Direct train to Kyoto (3,570 Yen), Shin Osaka (3,050 Yen). https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/trav ... train.html
JR Rapid Services. Direct train to Osaka Station (1,190 Yen)
Nankai train to Namba Station. (Ltd Express Rapit 1,430 Yen, Express 920 Yen) http://www.howto-osaka.com/en/traffic/t ... omkix.html
Airport Limo Bus. to Kyoto (2,550 Yen), Osaka (1,550 Yen), Nara (2,050 Yen) http://www.kate.co.jp/en/
Taxi. to Kyoto (31,000 Yen) to Osaka (17,700 Yen)
A2. Travellers arriving late at Kansai Airport
Take the late night bus https://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/mor ... ht/access/

B. Accommodation
Which area in Osaka to stay ?
Near Osaka Station (Umeda). For ease of travelling to Kyoto, Kobe
Around Namba. Many restaurants, eateries, shopping
a) Hotels/Hostels stayed & recommended by posters
Osaka Hotel Granvia http://www.hotelgranviaosaka.jp/
Osaka Fujiya Hotel http://www.osakafujiya.jp/
Kyoto Izutsu Hotel http://izutsuhotel.com/
Kyoto Tokyu Hotel http://www.kyoto-h.tokyuhotels.co.jp/en/
Osaka Drop Inn http://www.dropinn-osaka.com/
Kyoto Piece Hostel http://www.piecehostel.com/
List of Kyoto Traditional Hotels http://www.dannychoo.com/en/post/27214/ ... Hotel.html
b) Hotel Booking websites
Japanican https://www.japanican.com/en/
Rakuten https://travel.rakuten.com/
Guesthouses. https://www.japaneseguesthouses.com/
Japan Hotel Search JNTO : http://www.jnto.go.jp/ja-search/eng/index.php
Others sites include Booking, Agoda, Jalan

C1. Travelling within Osaka Kyoto
Osaka is mainly covered by JR Osaka Loop, 8 Subway lines and other private railways. A single trip ticket starts from about 180 Yen ; and you can get it from the ticket machines at the station. However, if you intend to take trains/subways frequently, you can consider getting one of these passes.
Special Osaka Visitor Ticket (Osaka 1 day ticket). 550 Yen per day. Unlimited rides on subways. Can be purchased at Kansai Airport. This ticket was previously sold outside Japan in selected countries only (China, HK, Taiwan etc) but it’s now available at Kansai Airport too. Pros : Best value for money. Also discount at selected tourist attractions. http://www.osakametro.co.jp/foreign/eng ... ass_e.html
Domestic Enjoy Eco Card. 800 Yen weekday 600 Yen weekend. Unlimited rides on subways. Sold at major train station. http://www.osakametro.co.jp/foreign/eng ... ass_e.html
Osaka Amazing Pass. 2,300 Yen for 1 day and 3,000 Yen for 2 days. This is strictly speaking, not a transport pass, but allows the traveller to visit 28 tourist spots free of charge, in addition to unlimited rides on the subway Pros : Ideal for those who intend to visit some of these facilities. You have to do your maths to decide if the pass is worthwhile for you, as members don’t go to the same facilities. https://www.osaka-info.jp/osp/en/
Store-valued IC Card that can be used on JR trains and subways. There is no savings on using IC Card. It’s more for convenience (no need to buy ticket on every ride). Just tap your IC card when you enter the gates and exit. ICOCA Card https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/howto/ticket_03.html
To find out what trains/routes to take, you can refer to the following website/applications
Hyperdia Shinkansen/JR Train Planner http://www.hyperdia.com/en/
Taxi is easily available. You can estimate the fare using https://www.taxifarefinder.com/main.php ... saka-Japan Uber is not popular.
Kyoto is best served with city bus.
Kyoto Bus One-Day Pass. 500 Yen. Cards can be purchased at information centers, kiosks, from bus drivers and at many convenience stores. Cons. Whiles buses are cheap, they are impacted by traffic conditions and take longer to reach your destinations. https://www2.city.kyoto.lg.jp/kotsu/web ... d_bus.html
C2. Travelling from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara, Kobe
Osaka to Kyoto. JR Rapid Services Osaka Station, 560 Yen, 29 minutes
Osaka to Kobe, JR Rapid Services Osaka Station, 410 Yen, 26 minutes
Osaka to Nara, JR Osaka Loop Services from Osaka Station to Tennoji Station and JR Yamatoji Rapid Services to Nara Station, 800 Yen 63 minutes.
Alternative, from Namba to Nara, Kintetsu Nara Line Rapid 560 Yen 37 minutes
C3. Transport Passes for Travelling around Kansai Region
Travellers may want to take short excursions to places around Kansai and surrounding Regions. There are several Transport Passes that they can consider.
JR Kansai Area Pass. 1 day 2200 Yen, 2 days 4300 Yen, 3 days 5300 Yen 4 days 6300 Yen. Consecutive days. Unlimited ride on JR trains covering Osaka, Kyoto, Iga-Ueno(Ninja museum), Nara, Kansai Airport, Wakayama, Kobe, Himeji. Not covering Shinkansen. Pros : for travellers taking JR around Kansai. http://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/ticket/pass/kansai/
Other JR West Passes. Covering other regions within JR West and can be found here. http://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/ticket/pass/
Kansai Through Pass. 4000 Yen for 2 days, 5200 Yen for 3 days. Non-consecutive days allowed. Unlimited ride on subway and private railways. Covers Umeda, Himeji, Kobe. Kyoto. Nara, Wakayama, Koyasan and Kansai Airport. Special gifts and discounts at selected facilities. Pros : for travellers taking private railways around Kansai area. http://www.surutto.com/tickets/kansai_thru_english.html

D. What to Do in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe ?
D1. Recommended Itinenaries
a) Osaka & Kyoto by Logan Page
Osaka https://pagesoftravel.wordpress.com/201 ... aka-japan/
Kyoto https://pagesoftravel.wordpress.com/201 ... oto-japan/
b) 7 Days in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara by Tiffany Cu. Route : Kansai Airpot > Kyoto > Nara > Osaka http://asiatravelbug.com/blog/my-first- ... itinerary/
D2. Places recommended by Posters
a) Kyoto. Our members recommend spending at least 3 days in Kyoto. In these 3 days, you can combine places that are close together. We have grouped them under (East, West, Central, North, South) for your convenience.
Central - Kyoto JR Station, Nijo Castle 二条城, Nishiki Market 錦市場, Kyoto Imperial Palace 京都御所 http://sankan.kunaicho.go.jp/english/index.html
South - Kyoto Fushimi Inari Taisha 伏見稲荷大社 http://inari.jp/, Toji Temple flea market 25th of every month 東寺 https://www.kyotostation.com/toji-templ ... hi-market/, Uji Green Tea 宇治 https://www.insidekyoto.com/a-trip-to-uji
North - Kyoto Kinkaku-ji Temple 金閣寺 http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/spot ... akuji.html, Kibune 貴船, Kitano Tenmangu 北野 天満宮, Kyoto Enkoji temple 圓光寺 https://www.facebook.com/groups/2307368 ... 704443625/, Kyoto Ryoanji Temple 龍安寺http://www.ryoanji.jp/smph/eng/
East - Kyoto Kiyomizu-dera 清水寺 http://www.kiyomizudera.or.jp/lang/01.html, Ginkakuji 銀閣寺, Kyoto Heian Jingu 平安神宮 http://www.heianjingu.or.jp/, Gion 祇園, Philosopher's path 哲学の道, Yasaka Shrine 八坂神社
West - Arashiyama 嵐山 https://www.japanvisitor.com/kyoto/kyot ... iyama-walk
Miyama 美山町 https://kyotomiyama.jp/en/
Places to go to with kids http://critterscafe.blogspot.sg/2013/08 ... -kids.html
b) Osaka
Dotonbori 道頓堀 https://www.osakastation.com/dotonbori- ... -of-osaka/
Shinsekai 新世界 https://www.osakastation.com/shinsekai- ... aku-tower/
Osaka Castle 大阪城天守閣 http://www.osakacastle.net/
Osaka Shitennoji temple 四天王寺 http://www.shitennoji.or.jp/
Osaka Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine 住吉大社 http://www.sumiyoshitaisha.net/
Osaka Spa World http://www.spaworld.co.jp/english/
Cup Noodle Museum https://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/en/osaka_ikeda/
Kuromon Ichiba Market 黒門市場 https://www.osakastation.com/kuromon-ichiba-market/
Osaka Aquarium 海遊館 http://www.kaiyukan.com/index.html
Minoo 箕面 https://matcha-jp.com/en/540
c) Nara
Nara Yakushiji Temple 薬師寺 http://www.nara-yakushiji.com/
Nara Todaiji Temple 東大寺 http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4100.html
Nara Deer Park 奈良公園
Nara Kasuga Taisha Shinto shrine 春日大社 http://www.kasugataisha.or.jp/
Nara Yoshinoyama 吉野山 http://www.yoshinoyama-sakura.jp/english/
d) Kobe
Kobe Mt Rokko (Night View) 六甲山 http://www.rokkosan.com/en/
Kobe Maritime Museum 神戸海洋博物館 http://www.kobe-maritime-museum.com/
Kobe Herb Garden http://www.kobeherb.com/en/
Kobe Arima Onsen 有馬温泉 http://www.arima-onsen.com/eng/
D3. Theme Parks
Universal Studio Japan (USJ) visit by Michele Chia. http://michxwanderlust.blogspot.sg/2015 ... otter.html
Suggestion on how to beat the crowd at USJ, by Lydia May Wong https://www.facebook.com/groups/2307368 ... 888008625/
D4. Specialty Cafes/Restaurants
Owl Cafe : https://www.facebook.com/groups/2307368 ... 554183625/
D5. Department Store/Shopping Centre
Kyoto Shopping Streets : Teramachin and Shinkyogoku Shopping Arcades http://www.insidekyoto.com/teramachi-sh ... ades-kyoto
Osaka Tenjinbashisuji 天神橋筋 https://osaka-info.jp/en/page/tenjimbas ... g-street-1
Osaka Shinsaibashi 心斎橋 https://www.osakastation.com/shopping-in-shinsaibashi/
Osaka Den Den Town https://www.osakastation.com/nipponbashis-denden-town/
E. Excursion
E1. Local Landed Tour Groups
You can join one of these reputable local travel agencies, which conduct single or multiple day trips.
JTB Tours https://www.japanican.com/en/tour/
Yokoso https://www.yokosojapan-tour.com/
H.I.S. / No.1 Travel http://www.no1-travel.com/
Hato Bus https://www.hatobus.com/
E2. Excursions
Koya-san 高野山 http://eng.shukubo.net/index.html
Himeji Castle 姫路城 https://www.himeji-kanko.jp/en/
Kinosaki Onsen 城崎温泉 https://visitkinosaki.com/
Amanohashidate 天橋立 http://www.amanohashidate.jp/lang/en/, Ine 伊根町 http://www.ine-kankou.jp/english/
Okayama. Okayama Castle 岡山城 , Korakuen 後楽園, Kojima Jean Street 児島https://www.okayama-japan.jp/en/ Kurashiki 倉敷 https://www.kurashiki-tabi.jp/for/en/
Hiroshima and Miyajima by Michele Chia http://michxwanderlust.blogspot.sg/2015 ... ajima.html Miyajima http://visit-miyajima-japan.com/en/
Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa by JNTO http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/rout ... en_06.html

F. What to Eat ?
Kobe Beef. Recommendation.
Mouriya モーリヤ http://www.mouriya.co.jp/
Ishida ステーキ http://www.kobe-ishidaya.com/
Aragawa あら皮 (Menu at 35,640 Yen) http://www.aragawa.co.jp/
Halal restaurants in Osaka https://www.tsunagujapan.com/14-recomme ... -in-osaka/

G. After Osaka, Next Tokyo ?
G1. How to travel from Osaka to Tokyo
1. Fastest, most convenient but expensive, Nozumi Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka, 14,400 Yen, 2 hours 33 minutes. (JR Pass holder cannot take Nozumi)
2. JR Pass holder : Take the Hikari Shinkansen. It’s covered by the JR Pass & you can make seat reservation at no additional charge.
Japan Railpass http://www.japanrailpass.net/en/about_jrp.html
Should you buy a Japan Railpass ? http://auwengkay.kinja.com/getting-a-ja ... 1778023342
JR Regional Pass. http://auwengkay.kinja.com/jr-pass-regi ... 1787428584
3. Slower Kodama Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka, 10,500 Yen, 4 hours. Tickets from JR Tokai Tours. http://www.jrtours.co.jp/kodama/en/?scid=jtt_kepEng002
4. Rapid JR Trains, 8,750 Yen, about 9 hrs, and have to change trains like 5 times. Suitable for travelers who break their travel into several days and stopping in Matsumoto, Nagoya etc.
5. Budget Airlines, about 4,000 to 5,000 Yen, 1 hr 10 mins flight time. But you have to include time and cost of travel to/from airport. Peach : http://www.flypeach.com/home.aspx Vanilla Air http://www.vanilla-air.com/en/
6. Night bus. about 4,000 to 5,000 Yen, depart around 8pm arrive 6am. Willer Express, Highway Bus. https://willerexpress.com/en/
Photos posted by Deonelene Matteo on taking the bus https://www.facebook.com/groups/2307368 ... 189873625/
7. Driving. Please note that car rental companies would charge additional $ if you are returning the car at a different location. http://www2.tocoo.jp/en

H. Others Travel Knowhow
H1. Official Tourist Website
Osaka : http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/
Kyoto : http://kyoto.travel/en
Kobe : http://www.feel-kobe.jp/_en/
Nara : https://www.visitnara.jp/
Japan Welcome Guide for Muslim traveller http://muslimguide.jnto.go.jp/eng/
Radiation after 3/11 http://www.jnto.go.jp/eq/eng/04_recovery.htm
H2. Festival & Events
Kyoto Illumination http://www.hanatouro.jp/e/ (March, December)
Kobe Illumination http://www.kobe-luminarie.jp/ (Dec), in memory of Kobe Earthquake
Nara Toukae festival http://www.toukae.jp/(Aug)
H3. Spending Budget. Refer to this article. https://www.facebook.com/notes/japan-tr ... 612603625/
H4. Others
Visa Requirement to Japan http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/#section3 For Philippines visitors http://www.skyscanner.com.ph/news/begin ... pan-pinoys
Weather https://weather.yahoo.co.jp/weather/13/4410.html
How Japanese ladies dress in different seasons https://matcha-jp.com/en/366
Volunteer Guides : https://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/arrange/trav ... rvice.html http://tourguide.jp/ Osaka Free Guides/Volunteers http://www.osakafreeguide.com/
JR Station Locker http://japantravelmate.com/travel-tips- ... ge-storage Size : Small (¥300) – approx. 35cm x 43cm x 57cm (13in x 16in x 22in) Medium (¥500) – approx. 57cm x 43cm x 57cm (22in x 16in x 22in) Large (¥700) – approx. 117cm x 43cm x 57cm (44in x 16in x 22in) Coin locker search https://www.coinlocker-navi.com/
Sending luggages via Ta-Q-Bin. Steps : http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/tourist/hotel/ Rates : http://www.kuronekoyamato.co.jp/en/send/ta_q_bin/ Storing luggages on shinkansen https://www.facebook.com/groups/2307368 ... 303408625/
Hanabi, Japan Fireworks http://japan-magazine.jnto.go.jp/en/1506_fireworks.html
Admin of Japan Travel Discussion Group http://www.japantraveller.info

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