Full of Spectacles! Let’s go to WEST JAPAN! Vol.1
The West Japan region is home to various charms of Japan from fashionable town perfect for shopping to scenic spots of the sea and mountains. Places in the region are easily accessible by railways from Kansai International Airport, a gateway to West Japan. Many discount passes are also available. Why don’t you travel to West Japan and find your own favorite, such as unique natural scenery, history, culture, food, etc.?
KansaiThe center of Western Japan has it all, from history and traditional culture to cutting-edge fashion and entertainment.
Kansai Area Pass (1-day Unlimited ride)
Purchasing outside Japan: 2,300 yen
Purchasing in Japan: 2,400 yen
For more details
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A history museum inside the castle tower introduces samurai culture and the history of Osaka Castle.
9:00-17:00 (admission until 30 min before closing)
Closed Dec. 28-Jan.1
JR Osaka Sta. → 10min →JR Morinomiya Sta.or JR Osakajokouen Sta.
You can enjoy one whole day at the tallest building in Japan that has department stores, museums, hotels, etc. The view from the 300m high observatory “HARUKAS300” is magnificent!
JR Osaka Sta.→15 min →JR Tennoji Sta.
【Kyoto】Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
With a history of more than 1,300 years, Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of 30,000 inari shrines all over Japan. It is also famous for its Sembon Torii gates painted in bright red.
JR Kyoto Sta.→ 5 min → JR Inari Sta.
Surrounded by the mountains and ornamented with seasonal colors, this area of scenic beauty has appeared in literature since early times. It attracts many visitors especially during the season of autumn foliage.
JR Kyoto Sta. → 15 min → JR Saga-Arashiyama Sta.
【Kobe】Kobe Kitano Ijinkan-gai
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Encompassing Kobe Port which opened in 1868, Kobe still retains Western-style buildings in the Kitano district that were built for foreign residents in former days. Walk around and feel an exotic atmosphere there.
JR Sannomiya Sta. → 15 min on foot
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Mount Rokko is located only a bit away from the center of the city. Especially, its night view is so beautiful that it is called the “10 million-dollar night view.”
JR Sannomiya Sta. → 5 min → JR Rokkomichi Sta. → 20 min by bus → Rokko Cable Shita Sta. → 10 min (Rokko Cable)
In Nara City, there are still a large number of Japanese deer, which have been cherished as “messengers from the gods” since ancient times. At Nara Park, you can come close to them by feeding them with deer biscuits.
JR Nara Sta. → 20 min on foot
Nara prospered as the capital city of Japan for 80 years from the early 8th century. The Great Buddha at Todai-ji Temple, which was completed in 752, is still watching over people.
7:30–17:30 (8:00–17:00 from Nov. to Mar.)
JR Nara Sta. → 10 min by bus (get off at “Todaiji Daibutsuden Kasugataisha-mae” bus stop)
Greater KansaiIf you make a little extra trip from Osaka or Kyoto, you can come in contact with wonderful scenery and traditions, born of the mountains and the ocean.
Kansai WIDE Area Pass（5-day Unlimited ride）
Purchasing outside Japan: 9,200 yen
Purchasing in Japan: 10,200 yen
For more details
【Wakayama Pref.】Nachi no Taki Waterfalls
These beautiful waterfalls have the greatest drop (133 meters) in Japan. The waterfalls themselves have been worshipped as goshintai, in which divine spirits are believed to reside.
JR Wakayama Sta. → 2 hr 50 min → JR Kii-Katsuura Sta. → 30 min by bus (get off at “Nachi-san” bus stop)
Kumano Sanzan (Three Shrines of Kumano)
Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha, and Kumano Nachi Taisha are collectively called “Kumano Sanzan.” It is said to bring you good fortune if you visit these three places in a row. Kumano Kodo is a series of routes that people have taken to visit these three shrines since ancient times.
JR Wakayama Sta. → 1 hr 10 min → JR Kii-Tanabe Sta. → 2 hr by bus (get off at “Hongu-Taisha-mae” bus stop)
This theme park, which combines a zoo, aquarium, and amusement park, is a popular place in the Nanki Shirahama area, where you can see about 1,400 animals of 140 species from the land, ocean, and sky. There are six pandas, and the youngest one, Saihin, is an idol of the park.
10:00-17:00 (varies by season), No fixed holiday
JR Wakayama Sta. → 1 hr 20 min →JR Shirahama Sta. → 10 min by bus
This long beach stretching about 3.6 km is a famous scenic spot that has been attracting people since ancient times – so much so that it appeared as a bridge to connect heaven and earth, which the gods created in a myth. You can rent a bicycle to ride through the area.
Amanohashidate Sta. → 5 min on foot
Motoise Kono-jinja Shrine
Located on the other side of Amanohashidate Sta., this shrine has a long history. Some gods of Ise Jingu Shrine are said to have dwelled in this land before their later enshrinement in Ise Jingu.
7:00–17:00 (varies by season)
Amanohashidate Sta. → 12 min by boat
At Ine Bay facing the Japan Sea, houses called funaya stand along the coast side by side. They look like they are floating on the ocean, creating a unique view for a fishery town.
Amanohashidate Sta. → 1 hr by bus
(Take the bus bound for Ine and get off at “Ine” bus stop)
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For more details about discount passes and the online reservation service.
Hello Kitty Shinkansen
Shinkansen service between Shin-Osaka and Hakata.
You can board the train with JR-WEST RAIL PASS!
*The information herein is as of September 2019.