Unlimited rides and plenty of benefits! What is the Osaka Amazing Pass?
Trains, buses, subways... they are all convenient means of transportation to move around. With the Osaka Amazing Pass, you can enjoy sightseeing without purchasing a ticket for every ride. And it gives you access to extra privileges at certain sightseeing facilities - check them out!
The Osaka Amazing Pass is a pass that gives you unlimited access to trains in Osaka, starting with the Osaka Municipal Subway and buses, and including other railways in the Osaka area, such as Hankyu, Hanshin, Keihan, Nankai, and Kintetsu. The pass comes in two types: a 1-day pass, and a 2-day pass. (See below for further details). It is not valid for the JR lines, but the railways mentioned above cover all major sightseeing spots in Osaka, so it is enough for enjoying the city! Also, showing this pass makes you eligible for free entrance to 28 sightseeing facilities, and it comes with discounts and presents, which makes it a really good deal. You can choose between English, Korean, and Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) for the guidebook that comes included when you buy your pass, which allows you to look up means of transportation to go to your desired destination, and to make the most out of the exclusive privileges available.
What is the Osaka Amazing Pass?
The "Osaka Amazing Pass" can be purchased at all subway and new tram stations, counters selling commuter passes in subway stations, tourist information centers, and hotels (depending on the hotel, you may only be eligible to purchase the pass if you are staying the night). Some sales spots may not have the 2-day pass available, so check the official website in advance. Please find the prices and terms of validity below.
- 1-day pass: 2,300 JPY (tax incl)
[Available for purchase] October 1st 2015 through March 31st 2016
[Term of validity] One day between October 1st 2015 and April 30th 2016
- 2-day pass: 3,000 JPY (tax incl)
[Available for purchase] April 1st 2015 through March 31st 2016
[Term of validity] Two consecutive days between April 1st 2015 and April 30th 2016
*The 1-day pass is released on sale twice a year, once for "Spring/Summer" and once for "Fall/Winter". Please note that the period for purchase and term of validity is different for each of them.
*The 2-day pass can only be used on 2 consecutive days.
*Prices and availability periods are based on information from 2015.Please check the official website for the latest information.
The "Osaka Amazing Pass" comes in the format of a card that you just have to show to gain free access to 28 sightseeing facilities! Entrance is limited to once per facility, but it is still a pretty good deal (entrance is limited to once per facility even in the case of the 2-day pass). These facilities include many major tourist facilities of Osaka, such as the Osaka-jo Castle Tenshukaku Main Tower, the Kuchu-Teien Observatory on the Umeda Sky Building, the Ferris wheel on the rooftop of fashion building "HEP FIVE", the "Osaka Museum of Housing and Living" (the first museum in Japan of its genre), and natural hot spring resort "Naniwa no Yu", among others.
One must not forget about the "TOKUx2" coupon that comes with the "Osaka Amazing Pass" when you purchase it. By showing this coupon and your pass, you will be eligible to receive discounts and presents at 16 sightseeing facilities and stores in the Kita, Minami, Tennoji, Shinsekai, and Bay Area. This a must-check, as it includes discounts and privileges for famous okonomiyaki and tonkatsu restaurants. The smartest way to enjoy sightseeing and eating in Osaka!
Besides everything mentioned above, we have selected a few activities unique to Osaka that you can enjoy for free, or that offer discounts or presents! Please use these for your reference as well.
- Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum : Free upon showing your pass Features a permanent exhibition of ukiyoe displayed in Osaka during the Edo period (1603 - 1868). The museum shop sells ukiyoe related merchandise and Japanese traditional crafts that make for perfect souvenirs.
- Cool Osaka Tour! Bus : 10% discount on your ticket upon showing your pass
This is a sightseeing bus that tours around the major areas of Osaka for about 1 hour, departing from Shin-Osaka. A retired entertainer will ride with you as your guide. Perfect for some quick sightseeing before boarding the Shinkansen.
Regular price for adults 2,000 JPY / children 1,000 JPY
*Reservations at least 1 hour prior to departure time are required.
- The best "kushikatsu" pork and scallion skewers in Japan at Yokozuna Hozenji Branch: 5% to 10% discount upon showing your pass This is a popular kushikatsu restaurant in Minami. We recommend trying their sunken kotatsu seats if you are going with a group, or their counter seats if you would like to indulge in the atmosphere. Prices are reasonable too, starting at 64 JPY per skewer.
*10% off drinks and food from Monday through Friday. 5% off on Saturdays, Sundays, National Holidays and days prior to National Holidays.
Of course, there are many other great deals available. Check out the official website or the included guidebook in advance for further details!
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How did you like it? It is really hard to look up the transportation fares when you are in a country that you are not used to. Using the "Osaka Amazing Pass" is very convenient, since you do not have to buy a ticket every time that you are going to use a train. And not just that: just having this pass makes you eligible to enter certain facilities for free, and it comes with a lot of benefits for sightseeing. There is no way anybody could pass on this! Make sure to check it out when you visit Osaka.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.