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tkic2 Nov 14th, 2005 01:51 AM

English timetables of Japanese private rail companies?
I'm planning a trip to Osaka from January 27-31, 2006. I will be buying a "Kansai Thru Pass" for travelling to Nara and Himeji. As the pass only covers private rail companies, I would appreciate it if someone could point me to a website with English timetables for the following sectors:

1. Osaka to Nara via Kintetsu line
2. Osaka to Himeji via Sanyo line

I am unable to find the rail times in their Japanese websites as I do not read the language.

Many thanks for any assistance!

chinovice Nov 14th, 2005 02:27 AM

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rkkwan Nov 14th, 2005 04:58 AM

The popular site shows private line too, not just JR.

I am not familiar with the Kintetsu Nara Line, but I find that it runs from Kintetsu Nanba to Kintetsu Nara. The rapid trains take 37 minutes, with some slower locals. Train every 9-10 minutes.

Same with the Hanshin Sanyo. It runs from Umeda Hanshin to Sanyo Himeji. Takes 1:30, train every 15 minutes.

tkic2 Nov 14th, 2005 05:55 AM


I've checked japan-guide, but the site is now under maintenance and doesn't allow new postings on the forum. Will try again later.


Thanks for the info! Didn't know the trains run so frequently.

I tried, but they don't seem to list private lines when I entered Osaka & Nara/Himeji - the choices only include airline, shinkansen, JR-ltd express and JR-express...

Do you know if holders of the "Kansai Thru Pass" can just hop onto the trains or are seat reservations required?

Thanks in advance for your help!

rkkwan Nov 14th, 2005 07:05 AM

tkic - You don't need to uncheck any box. Just go ahead with the search. It will show trains on both JR and non-JR lines. If it doesn't, change your time a little bit.

KimJapan Nov 14th, 2005 01:01 PM

The site has a new address for English access. will get you there,

It will show private lines. No box checking or unchecking required.

tkic2 Nov 14th, 2005 05:33 PM

Thanks for the new link, KimJapan. I used it but still can't find the times for Kintetsu Namba to Kintetsu Nara as well as Umeda Hanshin to Sanyo Himeji...

Do you know how "Kansai Thru Pass" work? Can we just hop onto the trains or are seat reservations required?

rkkwan Nov 14th, 2005 06:07 PM

tkic2 - I just searched for Osaka, Nara; and Osaka, Himeji. Play with the site a little, and you should be able to find the trains.

KimJapan Nov 14th, 2005 07:16 PM

Is all about the thru pass.

You won't need reservations - they are mostly commuter trains. You'll have to play around a bit with hyperdia to get the information you want. You will be able to get the schedule once you are in Japan from the station staff, but other than that, I don't know of any other English language way to find it other than spending the time to really search hyperdia, changing the times of departure.

someotherguy Nov 14th, 2005 07:32 PM

Is it really worth getting a pass? Osaka to Nara is only a few miles, and Himeji isn't far either. Just buying tickets at the station on whatever line is most convenient for each specific journey will hardly break the bank.

KimJapan Nov 14th, 2005 07:35 PM

To go to Nara, you'll depart from Namba station Osaka. In hyperdia, use KINTETSUNANBA as your departure and NARA (NOT NARAI which comes up automatically sometimes) for destination.

As far as I can tell, you'll need to go through Kobe and change trains at least once to get to Himeji. Try using UMEDAHANSHIN as your departure point for Himeji.

tkic2 Nov 15th, 2005 01:52 AM


Thanks very much for your advice. I was finally able to check the train schedules by inputing KINTETSUNANBA & UMEDA instead of OSAKA. I will verify if a change of trains at Kobe is needed for the trip to Himeji.

I presume the ticket prices listed are all 1-way?

KimJapan Nov 15th, 2005 01:54 AM

Yes, ticket prices are all one-way.

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