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Kintetsu Rail Pass: Explore Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya and Nara For USD15

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Noelle Ong

Klook Travel Curator

Hassle-free way of travelling around the Kansai region!


If you’re planning to travel around Osaka, Nara, Kyoto and Nagoya but you don’t want the hassle of buying single trip tickets all the time, here’s a solution for you! The Kintetsu rail pass is a great budget option for those looking to travel the above cities.

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Which pass should i get?

If you’re unsure of which pass you should be getting on your trip, here’s a rough guide for you. If you plan on taking the train lines across different Japanese cities like Tokyo, we would recommend the JR Pass as it is the most comprehensive pass across many different Japanese cities and have options for 7-21 days for those who plan on staying longer.

For those who prefer flexibility in the types of lines, we suggest getting the Icoca card and just topping it up along the way!

There are 4 different Kintetsu Rail passes to choose from :

  • 1 Day Kintetsu Rail Pass
  • 2 Day Kintetsu Rail Pass
  • 5 Day Kintetsu Rail Pass
  • Kintetsu Rail Pass Plus

Read on to find out which pass is best suited for your trip and how you can maximise your Kintetsu Rail Pass on your next holiday to Japan!

Transport lines covered by the Kintetsu 1 Day Pass:

This pass covers travel areas Kyoto, Osaka and Nara and are suitable for those making day trips to the abovementioned cities.

Designated zones on Kintetsu Railway

  • Between Osaka - Namba and Kintetsu Nara
  • Between Kyoto and Tsutsui
  • Between Nagata and Ikoma
  • Between Toriimae and Ikomasanjo

Designated zones on Nara Kotsu Bus Line:

  • Between Nara Park, Nishinokyo, and Horyuji Temple

photo credit : http://www.kintetsu.co.jp/foreign/english/ticket/index.html

Transport lines covered by the Kintetsu 2 Day Pass:

This pass covers travel areas Kyoto, Osaka and Nara and are suitable for those making day trips to the abovementioned cities.

Designated zones on Kintetsu Railway

  • All of Osaka, Nara and Kyoto Prefectures

Designated zones on Nara Kotsu Bus Line

  • Nara Park, Nishinokyo, Horyuji Temple, Asuka, Muro and Yamanobe-no-Michi areas

Apart from unlimited rides on these transport lines, flash your Kintetsu places at the following locations to enjoy special perks and offers!

photo credit : http://www.kintetsu.co.jp/foreign/english/ticket/index.html

Transport lines covered by the Kintetsu 5 Day Pass:

This pass covers travel areas Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Ise-Shima and Nara and are suitable for those making day trips to the abovementioned cities. It covers all stations along the Kintetsu Line and the Iga Tetsudo Line.

You’ll also get to enjoy special perks at the following locations so be sure to have your Kintetsu pass with you at all times!

Transport lines covered by the Kintetsu Rail Pass Plus:

This pass covers travel areas Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, Ise-Shima and Nara and are suitable for those making day trips to the abovementioned cities. It covers all stations along the Kintetsu Line and the Iga Tetsudo Line. The following buses are also covered by your Kintetsu pass:

Designated areas of buses

  • Nara Kotsu Bus : Nara Park, Nishinokyo, Horyuji Temple, Asuka, Muro and Yamanobe-no-Michi areas
  • Mie Kotsu Bus and Toba City “Kamome” (seagull) Bus Lines : Matsusaka, Ise, Toba and Shima areas and the section between Kintetsu Yunoyama-onsen station and Sanko Yunoyama-onsen stops

You’ll also get to receive special perks from these merchants so be sure to flash your Kintetsu Pass!

Kintetsu Express Ticket

If you’re looking for extreme convenience and comfort, you’ll want to get an extra Limited Express ticket along with your Kintetsu pass. This grants you a guaranteed reserved seat in which you can book easily online.

photo credit: http://www.kintetsu.co.jp/foreign/english/about/limited_express/ticket.html

Exchanging your Kintetsu Rail Pass

You’ll need to exchange your Klook mobile e-voucher for the physical ticket before taking any of the trains or buses. Bring along your passport to any of these exchange offices to redeem your ticket :

  • Osaka-Namba Station
  • Osaka-Uehommachi Station
  • Osaka-Abenobashi Station
  • Kyoto Station
  • Kintetsu-Nara Station
  • Kintetsu-Nagoya Station
  • Tsu Station

City Highlights


Nara


Nara Park

You can’t visit Nara without paying a visit to the famous residents of Nara Park - these gentle and polite deers. With about 1500 of these graceful creatures roaming the park, you’ll definitely get your Instagram shot! Be sure to buy a packet of feed and watch the deers bow politely to thank you for feeding them.

Todaiji Temple

The UNESCO world heritage site Todaiji Temple is one of the most famous and historically significant temples in Nara. It is home to the world’s largest wooden building, the Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) and you might even spot some free roaming deers here as well!

Osaka


One of the highlights of visiting Osaka is spending a day in the world famous Universal Studios Japan. Whether you’re a kid who loves the adrenaline rides or just a movie junkie looking to relive the movie magic, we guarantee you’ll have a great time here.

You might want to get an express pass to skip the queues! Afterall, with so many rides to take and retake, you won’t want to waste your time in line. Klook your open dated Universal Studios Japan tickets and enter the park directly!

Check out our guide to Universal Studios Japan to find out more!

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Harukas300

Japan’s tallest skyscraper the Harukas300 is where you’ll get the best view of Osaka! Head up to the observation deck located on the 58th to 60th floor for clear sweeping views of the city. Klook your tickets to skip the lines and get a free JPY500 coupon for restaurants! We recommend coming at sunset for the perfect backdrop to your pictures and staying just till the sky darkens for a beautiful nightscape.

Find out what else you can do at Harukas300 here.

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Kyoto


Golden Temple

They say all that glitters is gold, we certainly agree when it comes to Kinkakuji, the Golden Pavilion! This majestic sight has its top 2 floors entirely covered in gold leaf deeming it fit for royalty.

2. Gion geisha district

Take a stroll down the most famous geisha districts in Kyoto; Gojyorakuen - once the most notorious red light district and Miyagawacho the street with the most talented dancers are just some of the few.

Geishas are often misrepresented and misunderstood so let your expert guide show and tell you what being a geisha truly means. As you stroll along the cobbled streets you might even hear faint tunes of geisha practices!

Klook your geisha tour and not only will the guide tell you all you need to know, it even comes with a free hotel pick up.

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Nagoya


Shirakawa Village

This UNESCO world heritage postcard picture perfect village Shirakawago is reason enough to pay a visit to Nagoya. Stroll past the iconic steep roofs of the farmhouses and explore the nooks and crannies of this quaint little town.

This might not be easy to reach especially for first-timers in Japan. Klook yourselves a Shirakawa tour and have your transport covered! The bus will take you to the Shirakawa Village but you’ll be left to explore the town for yourselves. This way you won’t have to worry about getting lost!

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Ise-Shima


Akame 48 Waterfalls

This once upon a time ninja training ground - Akame 48 waterfalls is home to raging rapids, rushing torrents and magnificent waterfalls. According to Japanese legend, there is a red-eyed ox hiding in these falls.

Nearest Kintetsu station: Akameguchi Station. From there, take the Miekotsu Bus.

photo credit : https://pop-japan.com/destinations/akame-48-waterfalls/

Japan Essentials


Osaka Amazing Pass

An essential for those heading to Osaka is definitely the Osaka Amazing Pass! Apart from unlimited travels on the subways and buses, you'll also get free entry to a whole bunch of attractions like the HEP5 ferris wheel and Osaka castle!

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4G WiFi device

No trip is complete with a 4G WiFi device to help you navigate the complicated Japanese transport system as well as for those Instagram worthy moments.

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Japan Rail Pass

If you planning to head to various Japanese cities, we recommend getting the Japan Rail Pass instead for unlimited travels on all JR lines!

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