Getting from Osaka (KIX) Kansai Airport to Himeji Station by Limousine Bus or Trains
1. Direct Kansai Airport Limousine Bus to Himeji
» Enquiry to Shinki Bus
» Bus Stop Locations @ Kansai Airport Terminal 1 & 2
» Drop-off Bus Stop Location @ Himeji Station
2. Kansai Airport to Himeji Station by Various Airport Transfers » Limo Bus + JR Trains + Shinkansen
» Get an ICOCA Card or Japan Rail (JR) Pass
» Limousine Bus + Train Combo from KIX to Himeji
|1| JR Haruka Train + Shinkansen
|2| JR Haruka Train + JR Train
|3| Limousine Bus + JR Train
|4| Limousine Bus + Metro + Shinkansen
|5| Nankai Train + Metro + Shinkansen
3. Conclusion + Maps
There are many ways to travel from Osaka (KIX) Kansai Airport to Himeji. The easiest and one of the cheapest is to take a limousine bus directly from Kansai Airport to Himeji Station. You can also take a combination of bus, JR trains, metro and Shinkansen to reach Himeji, but you will have to change trains. Therefore, the second option is not advisable when it comes to convenience and cost.
I stayed with Maya, my Japanese friend near Himeji Castle for a few days at Hyogo. She was the one who proposed taking a direct bus from KIX Airport and not train. As a local, she knows best on airport transfer from Kansai to Himeji Station since she is living there. If you are going to Himeji from Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, refer to the article for a comprehensive guide.
I will be providing you information along the way as it can be a challenge to look at some websites when the language is only in Japanese. You have to do an on-page translation in your browser. Without the translation extension installed on the browser, it will not be easy to navigate and obtain the information on Japanese sites compared to those from other countries.
The best way to get from Kansai Airport to Himeji is by Kansai Airport Limousine Bus which is a direct bus with only one stop. There are two websites you can refer for the bus ticket and schedule from Kansai Airport to Himeji Station – KATE and Shinki Bus. Both companies sell the same type of bus ticket and have the same telephone number (+81) 078-231-4892 for making a reservation.
KATE stands for Kansai Airport Transportation Enterprise. From the website, you can see two tabs of bus schedules departing from Kansai Airport Terminal 1 and 2, and also from Kakogawa Station (HM1) and Himeji Station (HM2). The endpoint will be either one of these four stations. The alighting point for Himeji is at bus stop no. 11, located at Himeji Terminal Square, opposite Himeji Station.
The adult and children bus fares in Yen from Kansai Airport to Himeji Station below have been converted to USD, EURO and SGD. The bus fare may differ with dates from 1 October onwards being ¥100 more expensive at ¥3,400.
You can also refer to the Quick Yen Conversion Table by filtering the Yen amount in every ¥500 to give you a quick estimation in USD, EURO or SGD. It can provide you with a more convenient travel trip on your mobile, with or without an internet connection.
|Kansai Airport ⇔ Himeji Station|
Kansai Airport ⇔ Kakogawa Station (Adult ¥3,200, Child ¥1,600)
|Round Trip Ticket|
|Kansai Airport ⇔ Himeji Station / Kakogawa Station|
|Round Trip Ticket|
|Kansai Airport ⇔ Himeji Station / Kakogawa Station|
The problem is that both KATE and Shinki Bus does not allow you to book online if you are not in Japan. In other words, the payment system is blocked for other countries out of Japan. Maya told me she could see the booking system on her end but not for me.
According to both websites, you have to reserve the ticket to go to Kakogawa or Himeji Station by calling either one company. Without reservation, you can only depend on the seat availability of that day of arrival and buy one ticket on the spot. Don’t you find it risky if there is no more bus ticket from Kansai Airport to Himeji without reserving?
Maya offered to reserve for me by calling the company. The next day, she had my seat reserved and also paid for it. I was lucky to have a friend in Japan who could help me book online. So, what about you? You may not have a friend residing in Japan like Maya who can do the same.
At the same time, I also sent an inquiry to Shinki Bus the day before prior to Maya’s reservation. On the other hand, I could not find an email address nor a feedback form on KATE so I only enquired from Shinki Bus.
Can I buy a bus ticket from KIX Airport on the day of arrival without any reservation?
I understand I cannot reserve a ticket over the email. I am also afraid that there is no more bus ticket left on that day of arrival.
Below is the reply from Shinki Bus who replied me promptly the next day:-
Please wait in line to take the bus with no ticket, and please pay the fare when you get off the bus at Himeji station. (The fare is in cash only.) Usually, the bus is not full on weekdays, so you do not need to worry about your seat. But if you can, it is better to come earlier.
Here are the addresses of both Kansai Airport Terminal 1 and 2 to locate the bus stop departing to Kakogawa/Himeji Station. For Kansai Airport transfer between Terminal 1 and 2, click on any of the links below and scroll to the end.
*The Ticket Window Counters are the only places where you can pay with credit cards at the airport.
The profile image pic is where you will queue up and wait for the Shinki Bus. You can also buy a ticket to Himeji at the window counter, but the limo bus that goes to Himeji is not the same as the online purchase from Shinki Bus. I watched one bus to Himeji left as my ticket did not allow me to board. You will still go to Bus Stop 6. The bus attendants will guide you where to queue.
The precise drop-off point for buses departing from Kansai Airport and (also for Itami Airport) is at Himeji Eki Mae bus stop (Show Streetview)
which is 120 m away from Himeji Train Station as per the image below. Oh yes, there is a toilet inside the bus for the 2h 20 min journey. The duration taken is exactly the ETA stated on KATE website.
Although Option 1 above is the most preferred and convenient method, one must always have a contingency plan in case the bus ticket for that day is sold out. Then, you will not feel lost or helpless if that happens. So now, here is the second way to go from Kansai Airport to Himeji by train or a combination of a limo bus, JR Trains, subway/metro and Shinkansen.
ICOCA CARD: You can get yourself an ICOCA card online for ¥2,298 (US$21 | €19.05 | S$28) and collect it upon arrival at Osaka Kansai Airport. The ICOCA is an electronic cash card that you can use to take public transport, and also to pay for things in many participating outlets. You can easily top up the amount when the value in the prepaid card runs low.
JR PASS: The Japan Rail (JR) Pass allows you to take unlimited transport within selected days of travel from 7, 14 or 21 days. The JR Pass can be used in the whole of Japan with Shinkansen (bullet train), JR Trains, metro and buses. You cannot use JR Pass for private rail company like Nankai Express Train at the airport.
JR WEST KANSAI PASS: You can also buy a JR West Kansai Pass, which is much more affordable than a JR Pass for use in a region or a city, depending on your travel plan. It can be used on JR Trains, Kansai-Airport Express Haruka trains, the Rapid Services, local JR-West trains and JR buses. Yes, you can use this pass to go to Himeji too.
Here is a combination of options (and more) to go from Kansai Airport to Himeji Station. Among all Kansai Airport Transport combo, Method 1 is the fastest and Method 3 is the cheapest and most practical if you do not want to buy a JR Pass. You can get the Kansai Airport Limousine Bus ticket online or at the counter (refer to the images of Airport Terminal 1 and 2 above).
You can see the complication of changing a few means of transport to Himeji Station if you are not taking a direct bus. The few methods quoted above are just some of the results with fewer transfers found on Google Maps (Show Map).
There are many more if you click on “More Options” on the map. As the results are dynamic and live, the maps will show different results each time.
Some are not feasible and require changing the trains 5 or 6 times while you manoeuvre around with luggage. Additionally, the duration taken to walk with a suitcase will be longer. It is best to avoid it if possible. Next, follow me to Himeji Castle, Engyoji Temple and the things to do in Himeji city.
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