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Old April 15th, 2014, 11:15 AM   #1
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OSAKA METROPOLITAN AREA (KANSAI) | Public Transport

This thread is dedicated to the urban transport systems of Greater Osaka and the Kansai area in general.

Transportation overview
The main transport method in Osaka is public transit, walking and bicycling with private automobile transportation playing a smaller role. Trips by bicycle (including joint trips with railway) in Osaka is at 32.3% with railway trips having the highest share at 36.2%. Private automobiles and motorcycles play a secondary role in urban transport with private automobiles only having a 9.5% modal share in Osaka. The system for paying is also advanced with NFC cards or phones being used to pay in a second, as well as being usable as a credit card in restaurants and many other features.

Rail statistics
Greater Osaka: 13 million passengers daily; 4.7 billion yearly the 2nd highest in the world.
Greater Osaka Subway alone: 2.92 million daily; 1.06 billion yearly. Represents 22% of total rail ridership.

Map of the greater Osaka rail system:


Full size can be viewed here: http://i566.photobucket.com/albums/s...o.jpg~original (click the image for full size).

Approximate "central" Osaka rail system:


Maps made by FML http://www.mukiryoku.com/railmap_e.html
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A heritage bus from Osaka:




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Video I took of the view of Kobe from the train



Video I took from an automated guideway transit "port liner" to Kobe Airport



A video I took from JR Kobu Line Special Rapid to Himeji from Kobe

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Since we're sharing our own photos, I just thought I'd include a few photos I took of the Kansai area back in 2010 (sorry, they're a little old now). The weather was generally awful though as it was April, so a lot of my shots are in rain!

First, leaving Tokyo on the Tokaido Shinkansen (JR Central) and arriving at Kyoto station:



High quality tracks, no?


Little shot of the Shinkansen interior


Kyoto station shots!









Saga Arashiyama station in Kyoto





Kintetsu Osaka Namba station - was under construction while I was there. Probably looks a lot better now.



Kintetsu Nara station



JR Nara Station






Unfortunately, I just realised how little of the public transport system I captured in this trip. I was too busy taking pictures of street scenes and temples.
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Pricing system on JR West

I have been travelling on JR West trains for years but have just noticed something very odd in their fare pricing structure.

I had always assumed that if you took a train from station A to B, went out the ticket gates, and then back in before continuing on a different line to station C - that it would cost you more than if you just switched platforms at station B. It appears this is not the case.

To give you a concrete example: Travelling from Sakaishi to Kyoto (via Osaka) by JR costs 1080yen. Sakaishi to Osaka costs 300. Osaka to Kyoto costs 560. So by not walking in and out of the gates at Osaka station I end up paying an extra 220 yen...

I checked if Hankyu had a similar system, but theirs is the opposite - which is much more logical. For example, if travelling from Kawaramachi in Kyoto to Sannomiya in Kobe - you would pay an extra 100 yen if you decided to leave and re-enter the station at Juso.

Can anybody explain the reasoning behind JR`s pricing system?
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This pricing difference comes from tariff scheme called "densha tokutei kukan"(電車特定区間). This is a non-linear tariff that gives discounts on shorter trips within a high-traffic urban/suburban zone, particularly on lines which have a parallel competing private railway line. Also, in the Osaka case you provided, the Osaka Loop Line has a special tariff that is even cheaper than the one above. On a longer cross-country journey such as Sakai-shi to Kyoto, which traverses multiple lines on one ticket, the longer route-km incurs a higher fare than if you purchase shorter section tickets, which use the discounted lower ranges of the tariff table.

Apparently the densha tokutei kukan has origins in the JNR in the late sixties and seventies, when fares were rising frequently, placing JNR at a disadvantage to the private railway competitors- this pricing scheme was introduced to address this issue.
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