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Posts Tagged ‘Kansai International Airport’

Photo #7 – Young Gaijin Discovers Japanese Vending Machines

Young gaijin discovers Japanese vending machines at the JR Kansai Airport Train Station.

This photo corresponds with Episode 2 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 2 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


For your departure from Kansai International Airport, if you choose to board the Haruka Express Train to Kyoto, you will enter at the overhead crosswalk level seen in Photo #5 and then descend to this platform after buying your ticket just inside the entrance of the JR Kansai Airport Station (Photo #6).

A streamlined bank of vending machines beckons with its glow on the dimly lit train platform, giving you a hint of the Japanese vending machine culture that will be experienced throughout your visit.

Photo Details: This image was snapped through the window of the Haruka Express Train, moments before rolling out of the Kansai Airport Station and onto the bridge that connects the airport’s small man-made island to Honshu, Japan’s main island. I suspect this young man has arrived in Japan for his first journey into the land of readily available vending machines. I’m sure many grand adventures are in store for him.

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Dan Savage [Email]

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Photo #6 – Haruka Express Train to Kyoto from Kansai Airport

JR's Kansai Airport Train Station

This photo corresponds with Episode 2 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 2 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


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.

Japan Photo Journal – Living in Japan
Dan Savage [Email]

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Photo #5 – JR Kansai International Airport Train Station (Osaka)

Osaka's Kansai International Airport (KIX). Looking from the airport terminal across to the adjacent JR train station.

This photo corresponds with Episode 2 of the Savage Japan Podcast. Episode 2 can be heard here at SavageJapan.com or here at SavageSnowPodcast.com.


The JR Kansai Airport Train Station is immediately adjacent to the KIX airport terminal and can be seen here across the road as you exit the terminal.

Osaka’s Kansai Airport is quite a jaunt outside of central Osaka and unfortunately, on the far side from Kyoto. The Haruka Express train takes 73 minutes from this station to the main Kyoto station.

However, Osaka’s city center is relatively close to Kyoto and to get from Kyoto to Osaka only takes about 30 minutes on regular trains.

Japan Photo Journal – Living in Japan
Dan Savage [Email]

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