Kansai (or Kinki), in south-western Honshū, is the cultural and historical heart of Japan.
- Himeji is famous for its stunning castle
- Kobe is famous for Kobe beef, the world's most expensive beef.
- Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan.
- Nara, Japan's first permanent capital and home to the world's largest wooden building.
1. International flights in Osaka arrive at the Kansai International Airport (KIX), about 38 kilometres from Osaka. After Narita Airport it's the busiest airport in Japan regarding international passengers. Airlines flying from Europe to Osaka include KLM (Amsterdam) and Finnair (Helsinki).
To/from Osaka-Kansai Airport
- Rail: The lower railroad level of the Sky Gate Bridge R leading to Osaka is used by two railroad operators: West Japan Railway (JR West) and Nankai Electric Railway. JR West operates Haruka, the limited express train services for Kansai Airport Station from Tennōji, Shin-Ōsaka and Kyoto Station. JR West also offers "Kansai Airport Rapid" services for Kansai Airport Station from Ōsaka and Kyōbashi Station, as well as several stations on the way. Nankai operates a limited express train service to Namba Station on the southern edge of downtown Osaka.
- Bus: Kansai Airport Transportation Enterprise and other bus operators offer scheduled express bus services, called "Airport Limousines", for Kansai International Airport.
- Car: The airport is only accessible from the Sky Gate Bridge R, a part of Kansai Airport Expressway. The expressway immediately connects to Hanshin Expressways Route 5, "Wangan Route", and Hanwa Expressway. Taxis and rental cars are available at the airport and there are thousands of parking places as well.
- Ferry: A high-speed ferry service operates between Kobe Airport and KIX. The journey takes about thirty minutes.
2. Despite it's name, Osaka International Airport (ITM) serves only domestic destinations, but in total does handle more passengers than Osaka-Kansai!
To/from Osaka International Airport
- Rail: The only direct rail connection to the airport is the Osaka Monorail, which stops in the northern suburbs of Osaka.
- Bus: A number of scheduled buses run to and from the airport daily, forming connections to Osaka and Kyoto.
Kansai region can be reached from numerous cities to the east and west on Honshu, including Hiroshima and Tokyo. Check Hyperdia for schedules and prices.
There are weekly ferries crossing the sea between Shanghai and Kobe and Osaka. The ferry's destination alternates each week between Osaka and Kobe and the journey takes two days. Another line travels weekly as well between Shanghai and Osaka only.
FESCO runs a service from Vostochny Port/Nakhodka in Far Eastern Russia to Osaka.
Japan Rail offers extensive connections by train between the major cities and many smaller towns in between. Check Hyperdia for schedules and prices.