Hanshin Railway: Connecting Osaka and Kobe

  • Published on : 24/03/2024
  • by : Japan Experience

The Kansai region of Japan is a popular destination for travelers, offering a blend of modern cities and historic attractions. Connecting two of the region's major cities, Osaka and Kobe, is the convenient and affordable Hanshin Railway. Operated by the private Hanshin Electric Railway company, this line is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass but provides an economical alternative for exploring the area.

When using the Hanshin Railway, consider the following tips for a smooth journey:

  • Purchase tickets from vending machines at stations or use an IC card for convenient, cashless travel.
  • Use English-language apps like Japan Transit Planner or Navitime to plan routes and check schedules.
  • Take advantage of services and amenities at major stations, such as coin lockers, shops, and restaurants.
  • Be mindful of luggage on trains, as space is limited. Consider using local buses or highway buses for trips with large suitcases.


Hanshin Rapid Express Kosoku Train

Hanshin Rapid Express Kosoku Train

©Japan Visitor

Travel in Kansai with a JR Pass!

  • Included : Economic and simple, Unlimited travel
Regional Japan Rail Pass

Latest Articles

Golden week

Golden Week Travel Advice

Japan will celebrate Golden Week from April 29 to May 6, 2024, which comprises four national holidays: Showa Day on April 29, Constitutional Memorial Day on May 3

Train at Shin-Osaka Station

Midosuji Line Osaka: The key north-south subway route through central Osaka

The Midosuji Line is the oldest and one of the most important subway lines in Osaka, Japan.


Train symbols in Japan: Understanding the complex naming and numbering schemes

Japan's extensive and efficient train network can be overwhelming for visitors at first glance.