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Kansai

Getting there & away

Travel between Kansai and other parts of Japan is a breeze. Kansai is served by the Tōkaidō and San-yō shinkansen lines, several JR main lines, and a few private rail lines. It is also possible to travel to/from Kansai and other parts of Honshū, Shikoku and Kyūshū by long-distance-highway buses. Ferries sail between various Kansai ports (primarily Kōbe/Osaka) and other parts of Honshū, Kyūshū, Shikoku and Okinawa. Ports in northern Kyoto-fu serve ferries that run to/from Hokkaidō. Finally, Kansai has several airports, most notably Osaka’s Itami Airport (ITM), which has flights to/from many of Japan’s major cities, and Kansai International Airport (KIX), which has flights to dozens of foreign cities. For more information, see the Kyoto Getting There & Away section.