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Question about JR West Pass

by Somikan

Hi all,

I'm thinking about buying a one-day JR West pass, just to get to Kyoto from Kansai airport. As i have researched, he pass seems to offer the best deal in terms of price and time saving. Taking JR Haruka would take the same period of time, but more expensice, while other train options seem to have a few more transfers which could be confusing for me.

The problem is I can't seem to find any agent selling the ticket in my city. Do you know if it possible to buy one-day JR West pass in Kansai Aiport when I arrive?

Re: Question about JR West Pass

by dadawetu

Its your opinion to choose to buy or wait until you get some more reply

Re: Question about JR West Pass

by Somikan

Thank you dadawetu and Fugu for the quick response :)

I have checked the link you gave me but still not sure if it is possible to buy the ticket once I get to the airport. said that;

"When purchasing the pass inside Japan, you are limited to the purchase of one pass, and have to show your passport and your return air ticket."

So, I can buy a pass there, but only for one ticket, right?

If any of you have an experience with JR West ticket, I would love to hear that. ^v^

Re: Question about JR West Pass

by unaS

Another alternative is the Puratto Kodama Economy Plan, it can be purchased in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and other cities But **only** from JTB offices at Tokaido Shinkansen stations. I bought mine at the JTB office in the Tokyo Central Station for the Tokyo-Kyoto trip.

MUST be bought at least 1 day in advance of the trip.

You cannot buy it at regular ticket counters. But you can buy it through travel agents such as JTB or JR Tokai Tours. The latter has branches at Tokyo and Shinagawa Stations. You can also purchase for travel between several other cities on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line.

Remember it has to be JR Tokai/JR TOURS/JR CENTRAL (orange coloured JR) not JR East (green colored JR), ticket offices in Tokyo/Shinagawa Stations).

It includes a one way trip from the departure station to the destination station by reserved seat on a Kodama Shinkansen train. Plus, you get one drink for free.

NOTE: These trains have no dedicated luggage space. Don't carry too much with you!

Re: Question about JR West Pass

by Somikan

Dear Fugu, thank you so much for the confirmation ^v^ I tried buying 1-day JR West Pass in my city and found that this agent has overpriced it. He said he doesn't earn much profit by selling this ticket to me, so he has to add few more 'fee' if I want to buy it. So, I said, no thank you and, with your confirmation, I think it's better to wait to buy the ticket once I get to KIX.

Thanks for unaS as well. I might need Puratto for my other trip from Kyoto to Tokyo. The info is very helpful, I'm sure it will be a good source for other VTers :)

Travel Tips for Kyoto


by Ines28

I just love kimonos! Women wearing them always look so elegant and beautiful, and it's good to see that also younger girls still tend to wear these traditional clothes from time to time. We saw these 3 girls on the touristy Sannen-zaka, they looked so sweet with their ice-cream that I kept asking Sven to go over and ask them if he could take a picture till he finally went. They agreed and even seemed to be pleased!


by bkoon

Like other cities in Japan, baseball is the sport in Kyoto. When i was there, I saw a lot of merchandise of the Hanshin Tigers, one of the teams in the baseball league in Japan.

Japanese love to watch baseball. Not only that, most of them love to play the sport too. There are quite a handful of baseball fields in Kyoto.

Mama Cherry

by devmicha

There ARE Trains, busses and cars but, if you are healthy and relatively active, I suggest taking out your Mama Chrry Bicycle.
EVERYBODY has one!! You can rent one or just buy one for as little as 3000yen.
Kyoto is mostly flat and taking a bicycle is not only cheaper but is faster than most other forms of travel (even, maybe, than a scooter) because there are no road rules for cyclists to follow and you can even go up on the sidewalk.
Be careful to lock up you bicycle thou. The one thing NOT safe is an unlocked bicycle in Japan!
And eatch where you park it. The government also tows.

Sushi: choose, grab & eat!

by Pixiekatten about Kaiten zushi

This is one of my absolute favourite places to eat in Kyoto. First of all it's relaxed because you don't have to worry about not knowing japanese or not being able to read menus. Here the sushi comes on a conveyor belt and you just choose what you wanna have, grab it and eat. It's simple as that. Plus for someone never tried sushi before one plate might be enough and then the experience only cost about 100yen. For those who likes sushi it's a great way to try different kinds!

So how exactly does it work?
1. Enter and have a seat at any free barstool.
2. Make yourself some green tea. Pour soy in a wee dish and help yourself to some pickled ginger. If you want extra wasabi you will have to ask for it. Just say: 'Wasabi o kudasai' to the chef. The waitress will get you beer or water if you'd like some. (Beer:Biru o kudasai. Water:Mizu o kudasai).
3. Anything you want on the belt just grab it and eat. Dishes got different prices. It says how much on the wall where they have hung up plates and put prices next to them.
4. When finished just get up and the waitress will count your plates. Pay by the exit and that's that!

ENJOY!! :) Tuna.
Sweet egg.

Zen temple

by Zirpsis

Golden Pavilion Temple or Deer Garden Temple or Rokuonji Temple. Whatever the name, I liked the golden fenix on top of the pavilion. Besides this very pictoresque temple, there are several small ponds and a garden. The present building is from 1955 but the original one was built in 1393.

Open: daily from 9 to 17
Admission: ¥400


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