【KIX to Osaka】What is Kansai-airport express Haruka?

18 Mar 2023 A new platform opened at JR Osaka Station, finally connecting Kansai International Airport (KIX) and Osaka Station directly without transfers!

Until now, the Kansai-Airport Express Haruka served Shin-Osaka Station. Now it has direct access to Osaka Station, making it even more convenient. The number of people using the service is likely to increase significantly.

This article summarises the fares, stops and journey times of the Haruka. We will also introduce discount tickets and the facilities inside the train with photos. Please check it out before your trip!

What is Kansai-Airport Express Haruka?

It began operating at the same time as the opening of KIX Airport. It connects KIX to Kyoto. This express train incorporates the Sanrio character Hello Kitty, which is popular both at home and abroad, and a Japanese motif in its design.

  • Biwako Line (Yasu sta. ー Kyoto sta.)
  • JR Kyoto Line (Kyoto sta. ー Osaka sta.)
  • Osaka Loop Line (Osaka sta. ー Tennoji sta.)
  • Hanwa Line (Tennoji sta. ー Hineno sta.)
  • Kansai Airport Line (Hineno sta. ー Kansai Airport sta.)

Trains operate on the above mentioned sections. When boarding from Kanku, there are ‘For Kyoto’ and ‘For Yasu’ trains, both of which stop at Osaka Station.

train organization

[Kansai-airport express] Haruka No.1・15 , 2・4

It consists of nine cars, with green car No. 1, reserved seats in car Nos. 2-4 and 7-9 and unreserved seats in car Nos. 5-6.

はるか:JRおでかけネット (jr-odekake.net)より引用

[Kansai-airport express] Haruka No.3・5・7・9・11・13・47・51・55・59 , 6・8・10・12・42・46・50・54・58・60

It consists of six cars, with green car No. 1, reserved seats in car No. 2-4 and unreserved seats in car No. 5-6.

はるか:JRおでかけネット (jr-odekake.net)より引用


To take the limited express train, you need a basic fare ticket and a limited express ticket. For example, if you use a non-reserved seat, you will need to pay 1,210 yen for a basic fare ticket + 1,200 yen for a limited express ticket = 2,410 yen

categorybasic fare ticket
Adult one-way1,210 yen
Child one-way600 yen
kansai airport ー osaka 関西空港駅|時刻表:JRおでかけネット (jr-odekake.net)
categoryunreserved-seatreserved-seatgreen car
Adult one-way1,200 yen1,730 yen2,500 yen
Child one-way600 yen860 yen1,900 yen
kansai airport ーosaka
limited express ticket of normal season(Apr.2023)

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The price of reserved-seat express tickets and green car express tickets varies depending on the off-peak season, normal season, peak season and busiest season. The fare is -200 yen in the off-peak season, +200 yen in the peak season and +400 yen in the busiest season, compared to the normal season fare above. The ticket machine switches automatically, so just insert the specified amount.

Busiest season

28 April to 7 May 2023; 10, 11, 13 and 16 August; 29 and 30 December; 3 and 4 January 2024.

Peak season

1 and 2 Apr 2023; 14-17 and 28-30 Jul; 4-6, 9, 12, 14, 15, 19, 20 and 25-27 Aug; 15-18 Sep; 6-9, 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29 Oct; 2-5, 10-12, 17-19 and 22-26 Nov; 28-31 Dec; 2 and 5 Jan 2024; 9-12 Feb; 22-31 Mar.

Off-peak season

10-13, 17-20, 24-27 April 2023; 8-11 May; 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29 June; 3-6, 10-13, 18-20 July; 28-31 August; 4-7, 11-14, 19-21, 25-28 September, 2 to 5 Oct; 4 to 7, 11 to 14, 18 to 21 Dec; 9 to 11, 15 to 18, 22 to 25, 29 to 31 Jan 2024; 1, 5 to 8, 13 to 15, 19 to 21, 26 to 29 Feb.

Normal season

Other than above


Kansai Airport -(Hineno)-(Izumi Fuchu)- Tennoji - [New!]Osaka - Shin Osaka -(Takatsuki)- Kyoto - Yamashina - Otsu - Ishiyama - Minamikusatsu - Kusatsu - Moriyama - Yasu

4 morning outbound trains and 10 evening inbound trains stop at Takatsuki, while only 5 morning inbound trains and 8 evening outbound trains stop at Izumifuchu and Hineno . Stations in brackets ( ) are those where only some trains stop.

The only stop between Kansai Airport and Osaka Station is Tennoji in most cases.

【New open】Underground platform at Osaka!How to get there from Osaka Station
A new underground platform in the Osaka Station Umekita area opened on 18 March 2023. This new platform is located underground on the north side of Osaka Station and incorporates advanced technology. Many people use the Kansai-Airport Express Haruka to access Osaka from Kansai International Airport. Until now, the limited express Haruka stopped at Tennoji and Shin-Osaka, but with the opening of the new platform, they now also stop at Osaka Station, making access to Umeda very convenient. This article also provides information on how to get to the new platform from JR Osaka Station, the new Umekita-underground‐gate, and the facilities of the new platform.

Time required

The journey time from Kanku to Osaka Station is approx.47 min (the journey time varies due to different stops at different times of the day). Compared to the previous JR Kansai Airport Rapid, the ride time has been reduced by 20-25 min.

The journey time from Kansai airport to the final last stop Yasu without changing trains is approx. 1 hour 50 min.

Seating and facilities

Hello Kitty is designed on the body and throughout the car.

特急はるか 座席

This is the interior of a Green Car, with one row + two rows of seats and headrests. It is a spacious interior. The standard car has two rows + two rows of seats and no headrests, but the seats are spacious and there is a separate luggage compartment, so it did not give the impression of being cramped.

特急はるか グリーン車シート

There are also toilets.

特急はるか トイレ

There is a washbasin with mirror.

特急はるか 洗面所

There is a luggage compartment for long items such as skis and golf bags.

特急はるか 荷物置き場1

Suitcases and other items can be stored here.

特急はるか 荷物置き場2

There is a small rest area, but no drink vending machines on the train.

[Recommendation] Discounted ticket

J-WEST Ticketless

The problem with the Limited Express Haruka is that the fares are high if you use the normal buying method. We therefore recommend J-WEST Ticketless. You can purchase reserved-seat limited express tickets at a discount only on the day before or the day of boarding (up to 2 minutes before departure time).

You can only select trains and seats that are available at the time of purchase, but the discount rate is very high, so we recommend checking before purchasing at the ticket machine.

Adullt one-way750 yen
Child one-wayNone
Kansai airport ー Osaka West Japan Railway Company – Ticket Deals and Passes (westjr.co.jp)
e-Ticketless Express Ticket

J-WEST Ticketless does not offer child fares. If you have children, we recommend the other discount service e-Ticketless Express Ticket. This service offers children’s fares, and the reserved seat fare from airport to Osaka Station at discount compared to normal fares. This can be purchased online from one month before the date of use up to the day of use.

Adullt one-way1,090 yen
Child one-way540 yen
Kansai airport ー Osaka West Japan Railway Company – Ticket Deals and Passes (westjr.co.jp)
J-WEST Ticketless 390

These are the most economical tickets available for a limited period from mid-March to the end of April.

Adullt one-way390 yen
Child one-wayNone
Kansai airport ー Osaka West Japan Railway Company – Ticket Deals and Passes (westjr.co.jp)

In addition to the express tickets, you need a basic fare ticket, but you can buy just the ticket from a ticket machine or pass through with an IC card.

Members must register if they wish to use the internet booking system.