Transportation

Ferry in Kōbe

Kōbe-Kansai Airport Bay Shuttle

The most fun connection between Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Kōbe is via the Kōbe-Kansai Airport Bay Shuttle high-speed boat, which drops you off by Kōbe Airport (adult/concession ¥1850/1000, 31 minutes, a…
Bus Station in Osaka

JR Osaka Station Highway Bus Terminal

Slightly pricey but convenient, JR West Highway Bus (www.nishinihonjrbus.co.jp) coaches depart from the JR Osaka Station Highway Bus Terminal, outside the station's north-central concourse. Book online five days pri…
Cable Car in Yoshino

Yoshino Ropeway

Visitors to Yoshino first arrive at Yoshino Station, and then make their way up to the village proper by the Yoshino Ropeway (cable car) or on foot. Japan's oldest aerial tram (1929), the ropeway takes about five mi…
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 Xin J…
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 a t…
Bicycle Rental in Kōbe

Kobelin

This new municipal bike system has stations all over town; look for red bikes with the Hanshin Tigers baseball team logo. To use the system, first register your credit card using your smart phone.
Bus in Kōbe

Willer Express

Willer Express overnight buses connect Kōbe's Sannomiya Bus Terminal and Tokyo (Shinjuku and Tokyo Stations). The journey costs from ¥5800 and takes around 8½ hours.
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).
Airport in Osaka

Kansai International Airport

For all international and some domestic flights. KIX is about 50km southwest of the city, on an artificial island in the bay.
Airport in Osaka

Osaka Itami Airport

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