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By Air

Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Osaka is the major international airport in the area. It has direct flights daily from such major cities as San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Helsinki, Dubai, Beijin, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Seoul (as of June 2018). Alternatively one can fly into airports in Tokyo (Haneda HND, or Narita NRT), and then on to KIX, or to Osaka Itami Airport (ITM) or Kobe Airport (UKB), which are domestic.

Do NOT confuse Kansai International Airport (KIX) with Osaka Itami Airport (ITM), whose official name is Osaka International Airport. The latter is currently a domestic airport, despite its name.

There are regular and frequent bus shuttles from Kansai International Airport to Nishinomiya and cities neaby (Osaka and Kobe). Osaka Airport Limousine will take you to Nishinomiya in 75 minutes, running 20 times a day, or to Umeda (central Osaka) in 70 minutes, running 60 times a day. Other options include shared shuttle taxis which take each passenger directly to their hotels. From Osaka Itami Airport, it will take 50 minutes to Nishinomiya using the Airport Limousine bus.

By Rail

Those who fly into Tokyo can also reach Nishinomiya by Japan Railway’s famous and punctual “bullet trains” or Shinkansen. It takes two and a half hours from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka, and a change to a local train will take you to central Nishinomiya in 20 minutes.

Local Transportation

Kwansei Gakuin University is serviced by Hankyu trains and Hankyu buses. The closest train station is Kotoen on the Hankyu Imazu Line, which runs every 7 to 10 minutes. From the station one can use a bus (or walk uphill for 20 minutes).

Go to Accommodation page for information on how to get to three major hotel areas (Takarazuka, Osaka/Umeda, and Kobe/Sannomiya), and how to go to the venue from those areas.

 

Cashless means to ride trains/busses

For local transportation, Kansai One Pass and ICOCA card are useful physical IC cards (chargeable card tickets); they can be used for almost all trains and buses (including Hankyu bus) in the Kansai area (which includes Osaka/Kyoto/Kobe/Nara/Nishinomiya/Takarazuka). SuicaEng is an iOS application that enables you to use Apple Pay to make payments on trains and busses as well as at stores.

Kansai One Pass is a useful physical IC card (chargeable card ticket); it can be used for almost all trains and buses (including Hankyu bus) in the Kansai area (which includes Osaka/Kyoto/Kobe/Nara/Nishinomiya/Takarazuka). This card is for non-Japanese nationals only and you need to show your passport in order to purchase it. It comes with some travellers’ discounts and benefits. This card can be purchased at KIX JR station, Hankyu Tourist Center in Osaka/Umeda, and some other places. For more information, see https://kansaionepass.com/en/

ICOCA card is a versatile physical IC card which can be used for almost all trains and busses in Kansai and all other regions in Japan; it can also be used for making payments at some stores. It can be purchased on ticket machines at almost all JR stations, or red ticket machines at most Hankyu stations. It does not come with the benefits you have from Kansai One Pass. See http://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/howto/guide/movie04.html.

SuicaEng is an English-based iOS application to add a virtual “Suica” card to Apple Pay. Adding Suica to your iPhone or Apple Watch allows you to do anything that you can do with an ICOCA card, i.e., for taking trains/busses and making payments, wherever Suica or ICOCA is accepted. See https://atadistance.net/apple-pay-suica/ for information. Download the app at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/suicaeng/id1304852119?mt=8. Suica is the Eastern Japan equivalent of ICOCA, which is used in the Western Japan. The two are essentially regional variants and can be used interchangeably. Only Suica (and not ICOCA) is available as a virtual card. SuicaEng is currently not available for Android.

See also these 中文 pages. 1, 2, 3

 

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