The Haruka is an express train that will take you to Kansai international airport in 50 minutes. It's fast, comfortable and relatively inexpensive, and there is dedicated space for baggage.
Last time I caught it, I didn't get a reserved seat and so had to stand all the way there.
The train stops at Shin-Osaka and generally Tennoji on the way to Kansai Airport.
There are other trains that will take you from Kansai airport to different parts of Osaka.
There is a couple of options to get from Kansai International Airport to Osaka .... 1st and the most expensive way is a taxi .... a taxi might run you in the 10,000 to 15,000 Yen range depending on traffic about $150 US dollar and $200 US dollars ... YES that is correct .....
2nd way is the express train into town ... but if you have lots of luggage it might not work for you since they drop you off in station with tons of stairs ... this option cost anywhere from 1,500 to 2,500 Yens depending on where your going .... about $20 to $30 US dollars ..... This takes about 60 minutes.
and the 3rd way is the Airport Bus .... There is numerous routes that you can take and they literally go just about everywhere .... the cost of this runs from about 1,500 to 3,00 Yens .... about $20 US and $35 US dollars ... this might be the easiest way but it's time consuming .... expect the ride to take anywhere between 60 and 90 minutes. You purchase your tickets from the vending machines and wait by the column and a friendly person comes by and tags your bag and your on your way !!!!
Tourists are spoilt for choice when it comes to getting out of Osaka Airport.
-Rapi:t - 30 mins to Nankai Namba; Y1,400
-Nankai Express - 40 mins to Nankai Namba; Y890
(from Nankai Namba take a subway or taxi to your next destination)
-Haruka Limited Express - stops at Tennoji (30 mins, Y2,230) and Shin-Osaka (45 mins, Y2,930)
- 1 hour to city, Y1,300
- probably too expensive for most travellers
- to Tempozan (6 ferries per day), 40 mins, Y1,840, then it's just a few minutes walk to Osaka-ko Station on the Chuo Line.
From Itami airport you can easily take an airport limosine (bus). In the arrivalhall is a counter where you can get information on what bus to take. In our case it was the one to OCAT (Osaka City Airterminal) near Namba JR station. It left from busstop 2.
Tickets can be bought at a vendingmachine just outside the arrivalhall on your right handside. It costed us 620 Yen per person (april 2003).
Train... from Kansai airport you take the Haruka. Unless you're going during peak-tourist season, don't waste your money reserving a seat. There are always plenty non-resrved seats and you'll save a little.
subway... lots of them in Osaka...
This picture is actually of the Hankyu train... the cheapest way between Kyoto and Osaka and you end up right in the heart of Kyoto on Karasuma/Shijo street! Just \390 from Umeda to Kyoto! Take the express, about 40minutes... I think.
Highspeed trains are in service allover Japan but many of them that go to Kansai airport are slower so allow for extra time when going to one of the coolest airports in the world.
board train at Namba station (near the big rocket sculpture). The train is semi express, stopping at a few stations on the way out to Kansai Airport. Tickets are not super cheap...