Travel Resources: Osaka

Hi Everyone!
It’s been a while and I really apologize for not updating.
I keep saying I’ll blog more but honestly I’m actually gonna do it this time!
I think just getting into a routine is the most difficult part!

So this year I’ve been to Osaka and Jeju and these two trips took quite a lot of planning
(I’ll update about these trips next!) and I wanted to share some travel resources that might help with your next trip.

KakaoTalk_Photo_2016-01-02-00-54-49_21Flights
The easiest way to travel on short vacations is using a budget airline…unless your flight is over three hours or so? Since, to be honest, budget airlines aren’t that great, but they can be very cheap. The seats are small, the airplane food sucks and there are a lot of delays, but you get what you pay for.

t’way air
Eastar Jet
Jin Air
Peach Airlines
Interpark Tour

*Peach Airlines: it’s recommended that you pay extra to check your bags since sometimes they will make make you check it in when you get to the counter and it can be quite expensive, especially if you weren’t prepared for the extra costs. They also have their own terminal at KIX but it’s pretty far away from the main terminal so you’ll have to wait for the shuttle bus. But a pro is that sometimes they have sales from ICN to KIX for ₩39,000!

You can also use sites like HipMunk or Student Universe to find deals on longer and further flights.

Transport

http://www.kansai-airport.or.jp/en/access/
The easiest way to get to Osaka station is by using the Kansai Airport Rapid Service. The trains run quite frequently, the trip takes about an hour and will cost you 1,190 yen.
To get you to Tennoji station and cost 1,060 yen.

Another time I took the Limited Express Rapid and got me to Nanba within 40 minutes or so and cost 1,130 yen.

And the previous time, I took the Nankai Airport Express which took around 50 minutes and cost 920 yen.

To be honest, transportation is quite expensive in Japan, or at least in comparison to transport here in Korea.

What I recommend is the One Day Eco Card.
other_card_p06.jpgThis card will cost you 8,000 yen on weekdays and 6,000 yen on weekends but it’s an unlimited use card within the Osaka area. You can buy it at KIX Airport, when you come out of the terminal and head to the subway station. There is a huge booth opposite the subway gates so you can’t miss it! There are also the machines you can buy them from.
However, for example if you want to go to Kyoto, you would have to take the nearest subway to the end of a connecting subway line and then transfer to Kyoto and pay the difference at the gate.
For example. I put Shin-imamiya station as my departure station:

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So honestly it can be quite confusing and without my friend to help I would be totally lost.
But in the end, with the One day Eco Card, you do get around quite a lot.

Accommodation:
HostelWorld
Agoda
AirBnB
Trivago

Out of all these sites, I definitely recommend HostelWorld. I have been using it for years and it’s quite easy to navigate and you can get some really good deals.

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Food:
A really great site to use to find restaurants near you is MealPix.
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Just use your gps to find your location, sort by restaurant type, review or price and go!
Download it on the iTunes store  or Google Play store.

Otherwise that’s it as far as getting to Japan and getting around.
Stay tuned for an update on my Japan trip earlier this year, as well as another Osaka trip later this month!

-Kari

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