Instead of taking the Haruka Express Train to Kyoto, I was considering saving a few hundred yen without sacrificing too much time by taking a slightly cheaper 2 train option that would route me into Shin-Osaka Station first. I was interested in getting my first peek at one of Osaka’s main train stations, since I’m sure I’ll spend some time in Osaka on this trip.
However, the thought of wandering around in a giant train station in Osaka with nearly 200 pounds of luggage in tow was not very appealing. Also, regular trains do not have a place at the end of their cars to stow large luggage items like the Haruka Express has. Ultimately, time was the biggest factor; Immigration held me up with a long line upon arrival in Kansai. I didn’t want to keep my friend Hiro waiting in Kyoto, so it was an easy choice to hop on the convenient Haruka Express Train for a relaxing ride into Kyoto.
At 73 minutes, the travel time from Kansai Airport to Kyoto is similar to the travel time from Narita Airport to Tokyo.
Photo Details: Difficult to miss, the JR terminal is connected to and right across the street from the Kansai International Airport Terminal (KIX). The green machines in this photo and seen on the right as you enter the station can be used to purchase tickets for the Haruka Express Train to Kyoto.
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