Heard the place Osaka in Japan countless of times and I still have no idea what and how the city is gonna be. My parents who are in their 60s’ dreamed of visiting cities like Tokyo and Osaka. Seems like Japan was not only cool in the past but in the present as well. Since we are coming from Kyoto, we have decided to travel there by train. We found that there are a few options to get there.
There are a number of options, and the one you choose will depend on your location in Kyoto and your ultimate destination in Osaka. Osaka is a huge city with many stations, so you will need to decide which station is most convenient for you. Let’s look at the main rail services between Kyoto and Osaka first, and then at some of Osaka’s key destinations and how best to reach them.
Rail Services between Kyoto and Osaka
Shinkansen from Kyoto Station to Shin-Osaka Station
The high speed shinkansen service (also called the bullet train) will get you from Kyoto Station to Shin-Osaka Station in 12 minutes for 1420 yen. This is the fastest and most comfortable route into Osaka, and might be worthwhile if you have a Japan Rail Pass to cover the cost. If you do not have a Japan Rail Pass, you can take the Special Rapid Service on the JR Kyoto Line (see below) instead. This will get you to Shin-Osaka Station in 23 minutes for 560 yen. Also, if you want to travel on to Osaka Station, it is better to take the cheaper JR Kyoto Line. If you take the shinkansen to get to Osaka Station you will still have to transfer at Shin-Osaka Station. As a result the travel time to Osaka Station on the cheaper JR Kyoto Line is almost the same as that for the shinkansen.
The JR Kyoto Line for Osaka Station
Osaka Station is best served by the Special Rapid service on the JR Kyoto Line. The Special Rapid Train will get you to Osaka Station in 28 minutes for 560 yen. Trains depart from platforms 4 and 5 at Kyoto Station.
The Keihan Main Line for Yodoyabashi Station
Yodoyabashi Station is best served by the Limited Express service on the private Keihan Main Line. If you are traveling to Osaka from central Kyoto this might be a good option. For example, you can get to Yodoyabashi Station from Sanjo Station in central Kyoto in 55 minutes for 410 yen.
The Hankyu Line for Umeda Station
If you are traveling from central Kyoto, you might consider taking a Limited Express train on the private Hankyu Line to Umeda Station. You can board trains at Kawaramachi or Karasuma Stations. This will get you to Umeda Station (right beside Osaka Station) in around 40 minutes and cost you only 400 yen.
In our case, we have chosen the JR Kyoto Line for Osaka Station.
The moment you get out, if you have no idea what to expect, Osaka is such a beautiful city. With those sign boards, Neon lights and the cleanliness, I instantly fell in love with it.
And of course, I’ve heard about this “Glico Man” sign which is a Landmark in the area. I really need to take a picture with him.
After some shopping, we decided to take a short boat ride around the city. I think it’s a good way to see the surroundings. Love the weather that day.
As the day is about to end, we kinda regret spending too much time in Kyoto. But don’t get me wrong, Kyoto is amazing, but Osaka is better for me.
This was the last day of being in Japan. We been here for 10 days. Suddenly I wish not to leave yet. Oh well.. definitely will come back for Japan again in the near future.