The Kintetsu Osaka Line is a private railway that runs through three prefectures: Osaka, Nara, and Mie. The line runs from Osaka Uehommachi Station in the Tennoji Ward of Osaka to Ise-Nakagawa Station in Matsusaka City, Mie Prefecture. There is also a Limited Express through service that runs on this line and the Kintetsu Nagoya Line all the way to Kintetsu Nagoya Station.
In this article we will look at the key destinations on the Kintetsu Osaka Line, and then at the Limited Express service for Nagoya. Kintetsu Railways are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass but there are other discount passes which we will examine at the end of this article.
There are 44 stations on The Kintetsu Osaka Line. The key destinations and transfer points are given below with fares and travel times from Osaka Uehommachi Station.
Osaka Uehommachi Station
This station is convenient for the Shinkabukiza Theater, the Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka and the information exchange center at Osaka International House.
Osaka Uehommachi can be accessed via the Kintetsu Namba Line from Osaka Namba Station. Transfers can also be made here to trains bound for the Kintetsu Nara Line. At nearby Tanimachi Kyuchome Station transfers can be made to the Tanimachi Subway Line and the Sennichimae Subway Line.
Exit here for Miyuki-dori Shopping Street (also known as Korea Town) and the famous Korean “yakiniku” or grilled meat restaurant Ajiyoshi. There are three closely connected stations here which are run by Kintetsu, JR West, and Osaka Municipal Subway. Transfers can be made to the JR Osaka Loop Line, the Sennichimae Subway Line, and to trains bound for the Kintetsu Nara Line.
Train fare: 150 yen
Train time: 2 minutes
Transfer here to the Osaka Higashi Line.
Train fare: 210 yen
Train time: 9 minutes
Exit here for Kindai University.
Train fare: 260 yen
Train time: 11 minutes
Transfer here to the Kintetsu Shigi Line.
Train fare: 300 yen
Train time: 22 minutes
This station is located in the city of Kashihara, in Nara Prefecture. Here you can transfer to the Kintetsu Kashihara Line with trains bound for Yamato-Saidaiji, Kashiharajingu-mae, and some through trains bound for Kyoto. At Yamato-Saidaiji you can transfer to trains bound for the historic city of Nara. At Kashiharajingu-mae you can transfer to trains bound for the scenic mountain village of Yoshino.
Train fare: 560 yen
Train time: 36 minutes
Transfer here to the JR Sakurai Line with trains bound for Tenri and Nara.
Train fare: 620 yen
Train time: 41 minutes
This station is located in the city of Iga, in Mie Prefecture. Transfer here to the Iga Line. Take the Iga Line to Uenoshi Station to visit Iga Castle, and the Iga Ninja Museum.
Train fare: 1,140 yen
Train time: 81 minutes
Ise-Nakagawa Station is the western terminus of the Kintetsu Osaka Line in Mie Prefecture. Transfer here to the Kintetsu Nagoya Line with trains bound for the city of Nagoya, or to the Kintetsu Yamada Line with trains bound for Ujiyamada Station in the city of Ise. Ujiyamada Station is the closest station to Ise Jingu Grand Shrine, Japan’s most sacred site.
Train fare: 1,450 yen
Train time: 108 minutes
Kintetsu Limited Express Trains for Nagoya
Kintetsu runs 31 Limited Express services from Osaka to Nagoya, and 32 services from Nagoya to Osaka each day. The trains run from Osaka Namba Station on the Kintetsu Namba Line, and then follow the Kintetsu Osaka Line and Kintetsu Nagoya Line to Kintetsu Nagoya Station. Limited stops are made at the following stations (not all trains stop at the stations in brackets).
Osaka Namba > Osaka Uehommachi > Tsuruhashi > (Yamato-Yagi) > (Nabari) > (Iga-Kambe) > Tsu > (Shiroko) > (Kintetsu Yokkaichi) > (Kuwana) > Kintetsu Nagoya
Train times vary, but the average time between Osaka Namba Station and Kintetsu Nagoya Station is 2 hours and 20 minutes. The fare from Osaka Namba Station to Kintetsu Nagoya Station is 4,260 yen (which includes a Limited Express surcharge). If you wish to use this service, use English language route finders like Hyperdia or Jorudan to find the best trains times for your journey.
Kintestu Railways are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass, but there are number of other discount options which can be used to visit Osaka, Nara, Kyoto, Nagoya and Ise-Shima. Of these the Kintetsu Rail Pass and the Kintetsu Rail Pass Wide are the most useful.
The Kintetsu Rail Pass costs 3,800 yen for adults and 1,900 yen for children aged 6 – 11. Children under 6 years of age can travel for free. This pass gives you 5 days of unlimited travel on all Kintetsu lines and the Iga Railway and 3 tickets for the Kintetsu Limited Express. Discounts for many shops, museums and sightseeing facilities are also included in this pass.
The Kintetsu Rail Pass Wide costs 5,860 yen for anyone aged 6 and over but children under 6 can travel for free. This pass has all of the benefits of the Kintetsu Rail Pass with the added benefit of 2 vouchers for journeys between Kansai International Airport and any Kintetsu Station. It also includes 5 days of unlimited rides on Mie Kotsu buses and Toba’Kamome’ Bus in the Ise-Shima area.
For details of how to use these passes download the PDF Guide for the Kintetsu Rail Pass and the Kintetsu Rail Pass Wide. A full list of special discounts and a complete route map for the areas covered by these passes are also available.
One day or two day passes are also available for selected rail lines between Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. For more details visit the official Kintetsu Railway website.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.