Should you buy Keihan Kurama Pass?

Should you buy Keihan Kurama Pass?

Should you buy Keihan Kurama pass? what is the best way to benefit from this pass when traveling to Kurama? This comprehensive guide has it all covered for you.


What is Keihan Pass?

Firstly, you need to know the basic of train system in Osaka and Kyoto. Keihan line is one of the private railways system which connect central Osaka with North and eastern Kyoto. It is one of the most convenient ways to travel between two cities back and forth. Also, it is the only access to the specific area of Kyoto such as Kurama and Mt.Hiei.

As a common thing in Japan as each transportation system usually has its own special pass, Keihan line takes to the next level and offers many types of pass to answer all needs of every tourist.

Mainly, there are 6 passes which cover routes to major sightseeing spots in Osaka and Kyoto for various types of trip. In this blog, we will focus on Greater Kurama & Kibune Area in particular.

Greater KURAMA & KIBUNE area

Basic attributes of this pass are as follows.

1 Day Pass (1,700 yen)

Unlimited Ride

In short, this pass covers 2 transportation systems as Keihan main line and Eizan Railway. Demachiyanagi sta. is the connecting spots between twos which requires you to make a transfer if you want to travel to Kurama area.

Iwashimizu-hachimangu-sando (Keihan Cable Line) is one of the famous shrines to visit during new year for Japanese people. Know more about New year’s tradition in Kansai here.

See full official map for Keihan Line + Eizan Railway here

Place you can visit with this pass

Kurama Area

  • Kurama Temple (Walk 20-30min)
    Kurama sta. Main Exit Map
  • Kibune Shrine
    Kibune-guchi sta. main exit then
    Take Bus 33 for Kibune Jinja stop 5 min
    Time Table 170 yen (not included in the pass)
  • Rurikoin Temple (Walk 5 mins)
    Yase-Hieizanguchi sta. Main exit Map
  • Mt. Hieizan Area
    Walk 5 mins and transfer to
    Eizan Ropeway (not included in the pass)
    Yase-Hieizanguchi sta. Main exit Map

Inner Kyoto City Area

Outer Kyoto City Area

Osaka Area

Yodoyabashi sta.
Kitahama sta.
Kyobashi sta.

Decision to make a purchase

Buy if you…

  1. Stay in Osaka and want to a daytrip to Kurama area
  2. Stay in Osaka and want to a daytrip to Mt. Hieizan area
  3. Plan to visit sightseeing spots on the list of Inner Kyoto city area (above) on the same day You visit Kurama or Hieizan

Don’t buy if you…

  1. Stay in Kyoto and want to go to Kurama Area
  2. Want to do a single trip train ride from Osaka to Kyoto
  3. Want to go to just Hirakata park or Fushimi-Inari Shrine

Comparison

Here is the price chart of Keihan train regular fee

Osaka to KyotoPriceTime
Yodoyabashi
→ Fushimi-Inari
41050 mins
Yodoyabashi
→ Gion-Shinjo
42050 mins
Yodoyabashi
→ Demachiyanagi
48060 mins
Kyoto to Kurama AreaPriceTime
Demachiyanagi
→ Kurama
43045 mins
Demachiyanagi
→ Kibune-guchi
43040 mins
Demachiyanagi
→ Yase-Hieizanguchi
27015 mins
1 Adult Regular Fee per ride

Where to buy

All types of Keihan pass are available at both stores of Kansai Tourist Information Center. No advance reservation is needed

Kansai International Airport (KIX)
Terminal 1 Central Exit 1F
Open Everyday 9.30 – 17.30
Kyoto Tower 3F
Open Everyday 10.00 – 17.00


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