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I used the Kansai Thru Pass during my 6-day holiday in the Kansai region. I stayed at the same hotel in Osaka for all the five nights I spent in Japan while taking day trips to Kobe, Kyoto and Nara. The Pass was extremely useful to get around as it can be used on most municipal railway, subway and bus lines all over Kansai; notable exception being the state-owned JR West lines. Moreover, subway or railway stations are nearer to many tourist attractions, particularly in Osaka, than JR stations are.

The Pass is available in 2- and 3-day tickets which be used on non-consecutive days as long as it is still within the period of validity. Bear in mind, though, that the time count is daily-based; which means it starts at 00.00 and ends at 23.59 local time, unlike some travel passes in Europe which are hourly-based. The Pass is also valid for travels on the Nankai Line’s Airport Express trains (but NOT the rapi:t services) between Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Namba Station in downtown Osaka.

When in Osaka, I used my Pass to travel on Nankai and subway lines between KIX and my hotel in Honmachi, get around the city on the subway, as well as one particularly crazy journey from Rinku Town (near the airport) to my friend’s in Minami Senri in the northern suburb. I also used the Pass for day trips to Kobe (Hankyu Kobe Line), Kyoto (Keihan Main Line to Fushimi Inari and Kiyomizu-Gojo; Hankyu Kyoto Line to Arashiyama; bus trips from Yasaka Shrine to Kinkakuji, Kinkakuji to Kyoto Station, Arashiyama to Kyoto Station), and Nara on the Kintetsu Line.

When you purchase your Kansai Thru Pass, you will also get an area map, guide book, and discount coupons for use at many attractions indicated in the guide book. Sometimes you do not even have to cut the coupons as showing your valid Pass would be sufficient.

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Kansai Thru Pass website

Adult 2- day ticket: ¥4,000
Adult 3-day ticket: ¥5,200

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Saya beli Kansai Thru Pass (KTP) waktu liburan ke Kansai selama 6 hari. Selama itu saya menginap di hotel di Osaka sambil jalan-jalan seharian ke Kobe, Kyoto dan Nara. KTP berguna banget untuk transportasi lokal karena berlaku di banyak jalur kereta, subway dan bus di wilayah Kansai. Cuma di jalur JR aja dia gak bisa dipakai. Tapi objek-objek wisata terutama di Osaka banyak yang lebih dekat ke stasiun subway atau kereta daripada ke stasiun JR.

Masa pakai KTP ada yang 2 hari dan yang 3 hari. Gak harus dipakai berturut-turut, yang penting masih dalam periode masa berlaku. Harap diingat bahwa masa pakai (beda dari masa berlaku, ya) dihitung berdasarkan tanggal, bukan berdasarkan jam seperti sejumlah travel pass di Eropa. Jadi, masa pakai KTP akan berkurang (atau habis) pada pukul 00.00 waktu setempat. KTP juga bisa dipakai buat naik kereta ekspres bandara (tapi bukan yang rapi:t) melalui jalur Nankai dari Kansai International Airport (KIX) ke Stasiun Namba di pusat kota Osaka.

Waktu di Osaka, saya pakai KTP untuk naik kereta Nankai dan subway buat bolak-balik dari KIX ke hotel saya di Honmachi, naik subway keliling kota, dan naik kereta jauh banget dari Rinku Town (dekat airport) ke rumah teman di Minami Senri di pinggiran utara Osaka. Saya juga pakai KTP buat day trip ke Kobe (Hankyu Kobe Line), Kyoto (Keihan Main Line ke Fushimi Inari dan Kiyomizu-Gojo; Hankyu Kyoto Line ke Arashiyama; sama naik bus dari Yasaka Shrine ke Kinkakuji, Kinkakuji ke Kyoto Station, Arashiyama ke Kyoto Station), dan naik kereta Kintetsu ke/dari Nara.

Kalau beli KTP, nanti dapet peta jalur kereta, guide book, dan kupon diskon buat dipakai di berbagai objek wisata yang ada di guide book. Kadang malah gak perlu sampai menggunting kuponnya karena untuk dapet diskon cukup dengan menunjukkan KTP-nya aja.

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