Don't forget to print the map below which will come in handy prior to your trip to Kansai.
Pic 1 : Osaka JR & subway map
Upon arrival at Kansai airport , decide to settle down, collect some local information before proceeding to our hotel. Hence we took some photo surrounding the arrival gate. We also took the opportunity to take Osaka, Kyoto and Nara brochures and maps.
Pic 2: Arrival gate of the airport
Pic 3: Preview of where we are visiting in Kansai ( Himeji, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka )
To access the JR & subway, you will need to go to level 2 and cross the sky link bridge which takes around 5 minutes
Pic 5: Walk across this bridge to the JR & subway access.
Pic 6: Futuristic building ( the aero plaza ) viewed from the JR office.
Pic 7: JR train and subway machine counters
You can only purchase the JR west pass ( which is only eligible for tourist ) at the JR counter which is located in front of the machine. You will have to show proof of your passport and your departure plate ticket itinerary ( so do not forget to print it ) .
Pic 8: JR train to Kyoto
To get to our hotel ( which I have written in the hotel Villa Fontaine Shinsaibashi review ), you will need to get off at Tennoji and change to the Midosuji subway line.
We arrive the hotel around 11am and are not able to check in ( check in time in Japan is mostly at 3pm ) so freshen ourselves up and left our baggage at the hotel before planning our trip to Himeji.
Since it is almost close to 12pm, we decided to have a quick lunch at this sushi bar restaurant which is located just 2 -3 minutes walk at the shinsaibashi suji walk.