Access to Nara
Nara City is located east of Osaka City and south of Kyoto City and easily accessed by train from both cities. Nara’s rail network is operated by the Kintetsu Railway and West Japan Railway (JR West). Therefore, Nara has two train stations: Nara Station on the JR Line and Kintetsu-Nara Station on the Kintetsu Line. Although IC cards like Suica and ICOCA can be used interchangeably on either line, restrictions apply to rail passes. Both rail operators offer money-saving passes allowing for affordable rail travel to and around Nara.
From Osaka, the JR Yamatoji Rapid Service goes directly to JR Nara Station. From Kyoto, the JR Miyakoji Rapid Service goes directly to Nara Station. From other locations in Kyoto or Osaka, the Kintetsu private railway may be the most convenient alternative. For more information see here: https://www.city.nara.lg.jp/
From Osaka Namba, take the Kintetsu train bound for Nara and get off at the last stop, Nara. From Kyoto Take the train bound for Nara and get off at the last stop, Nara. Kintetsu Railway offers four different train passes, some of which have the added benefit of inclusive bus travel. It takes 35-40 minutes by Kintetsu Line and takes 45 minutes by JR line.
- Kintetsu Rail Pass 1 Day
- Kintetsu Rail Pass 2 Day
- Kintetsu Rail Pass (5 days)
- Kintetsu Rail Pass WIDE (5 days)
From Kansai International Airport
You take a train operated by JR line or Nankai Line.
When you use Nankai Line, you get off at Nankai Namba and change a train for Kintetsu Nara by using Kintetsu Line.
When you use JR line, you get off at Tennoji Station and change a train for Nara or Kamo and get off at JR Nara Station..
From Tokyo (Haneda International Airport or Narita International Airport)
You can change a domestic flight to Itami International Airport or Kansai International Airport. Or you can go to JR Tokyo Station by bus or train. (it is easy for you to go to JR Tokyo Station by bus) From JR Tokyo Station, take the shinkansen (bullet train) to JR Kyoto Station. Walk to Kitetsu Station, and ride the train to Kintetsu Nara. Approx 3 hours travel. Or from JR Tokyo Station, take the shinkansen (bullet train) to JR Kyoto Station. And change the local train or JR Miyakoji Kaisoku from JR Kyoto to JR Nara. Approx. 3hours and 30 minutes travel.
From Itami International Airport
Bus stop 13 on the 1st floor.
Bus fare is \1510. See time table by https://www.okkbus.co.jp/en/timetable/T/