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train station in Osaka to KIX

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train station in Osaka to KIX

Our family is planning to go from Kyoto to Osaka by train, store our bags at the station and visit Osaka Castle for a few hours, then go back to the train station to pick up our bags then head to the airport.

I think I can figure out how to go from the train station to the Castle and back, but can someone tell me the best way of getting from the train station to the airport? We'll be carrying one suitcase each.

Thanks.

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1. Re: train station in Osaka to KIX

Kansai Airport Rapid Service - 65 minutes from Osaka.

Airport Express Haruka - 50 minutes from Shin-Osaka.

http://www.hyperdia.com/en/ - for train schedules and fares.

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2. Re: train station in Osaka to KIX

"Haruka"(the express train to the airport) stop at Shin-Osaka.

1) Kyoto to Shin-Osaka (JR Shin-kasisoku)

There are many lockers in Shin-Osaka station.

2) Shin-Osaka to Osakajyo-koen(JR/change at Osaka,next to Shin-Osaka)

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3. Re: train station in Osaka to KIX

How large are the suitcases? If they are small enough to fit into average-sized coin lockers, you can store them at the nearest JR station to the castle and walk to and from it. In that case, your best bet, en route from the castle, is to ride a JR train(Osaka Loop Line) from the aforementioned station(Osakajo-koen) to either Tennoji or Nishikujo, both from which you can take a haruka limited express bound for KIX.

If you need to use large-sized coin lockers or a checkroom, you'll end up getting off and on trains at JR Osaka for the logistics. Sorry harukas do not stop here, so you'd need to backtrack from Osakajokoen to here and then head to Nishikujo Station on the loop line if you take a haruka.

FYI, plums around the castle are now a bit off their peak already this year, it seems. But in a month or so from now, Osaka Castle will be beaming in pride for its awesome cherry blossoms. Enjoy your trip.

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4. Re: train station in Osaka to KIX

Thanks for your help. I'm glad I inquired. Do I need to make reservations ahead of time or can I just buy tickets that day? (We're going late May/early June)

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5. Re: train station in Osaka to KIX

I don't think you'll need to make a reservation ahead. The Haruka Express is almost never full. Buy the one-day JR West Kansai Area Pass at Kyoto station and you'll save 1,000+ yen.

If I were you, I'd follow Shot's directions. He and I are both from Kansai area..

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6. Re: train station in Osaka to KIX

You should be able to buy tickets on the day of travel.

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7. Re: train station in Osaka to KIX

Note:

"JR Haruka limited express" doesn't stop at Nishikujo station after March 13th due to JR's Schedule change. Use Tennoji station instead.

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