Kansai

Transportation

Ferry in Kōbe

Kōbe-Kansai Airport Bay Shuttle

High-speed boat that connects Kansai International Airport and Kōbe Airport (adult/child ¥1850/930, 30 minutes, approximately hourly). Purchase a ticket in the arrivals hall, then get the shuttle bus for the...

Bicycle Rental in Asuka

Asuka Rent-a-Cycle

Rents single-speed bicycles in adult and child sizes (helmet rental is included for children). There are several stations around Asuka, including one at Kashihara-jingū-mae Station, where you can return your bike...

Ferry in Osaka

Japan China International Ferry

Departs on alternating Tuesdays from Osaka Port International Ferry Terminal or Kōbe Port Terminal for Shanghai (one-way 2nd-class fares from ¥20,000, approximately 48 hours). In Chinese, the ferry is known as...

Ferry in Osaka

Panstar Ferry

Departs from Osaka Port International Ferry Terminal for Busan (one-way 2nd-class fares from ¥13,000, 19 hours) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. As there's no English on the website, it's helpful to book through...

Ferry in Kōbe

Orange Ferry

Ferries from Kōbe Rokko Port for Niihama East Port (in Ehime on Shikoku; ¥6800, seven hours), depart around 1am (Tuesday to Saturday) and arrive the following morning. reservations can be made online in Japanese;...

Ferry in Kōbe

Hankyū Ferry

Daily departures from Kōbe Rokko Port for Shinmoji Port (in Kita-Kyūshū; ¥6680, 12½ hours), departing at 6.30pm (Sunday to Thursday) or 8pm (Friday and Saturday) and arriving the following morning. Reservations...

Ferry in Kōbe

Ferry Sunflower

Daily departures from Kōbe Rokko Port for Oita (in Kyūshū; ¥11,820, 11½ hours), departing at 7pm (Sunday to Thursday) or 7.50pm (Friday and Saturday) and arriving the following morning. Reservations can be made...

Bus Station in Osaka

JR Osaka Station Highway Bus Terminal

Slightly pricey but convenient, JR West Highway Bus coaches depart from the JR Osaka Station Highway Bus Terminal, outside the station's north-central concourse. Book online five days prior to travel for better...

Bicycle Rental in Kōbe

Kobelin

The city's bicycle-share scheme has ports all over town (look for the red bikes), though it's a little tricky to use: follow the instructions online and register in advance with a credit card.

Information in Nara

Kintetsu Nara Bus Information Centre

Inside Nara Line House, across the street from Kintetsu Nara Station. Get schedules and route maps, and purchase bus passes and tickets for highway buses and the airport limousine.

Ferry in Osaka

Shanghai Ferry Company

Departs on Friday from Osaka Port International Ferry Terminal for Shanghai (one-way 2nd-class fares from ¥20,000, approximately 48 hours).

Information in Nara

JR Nara Bus Information Centre

Purchase bus passes and tickets for highway buses and the airport limousine at this kiosk, just to the left of the ticket gates when you exit JR Nara Station.

Ferry in Kii Peninsula

Wakayama Ferry Terminal

Nankai ferries (nankai-ferry.co.jp) connect Wakayama with Tokushima, on the island of Shikoku (adult/child ¥2000/1000, two hours, eight to nine daily).

Bicycle Rental in Osaka

Hub Chari

City bikes for rent at several stations around town. It's run by an NGO that supports Osaka's homeless community. You need to pay a ¥1000 deposit.

Airport in Osaka

Osaka Itami Airport

The domestic Itami Airport, also confusingly called Osaka International Airport, is located 12km northwest of Osaka.

Monorail in Kōbe

Port Liner

Frequently connects Sannomiya Station with the Port of Kōbe and Kōbe Airport.