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The KANSAI TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER in Shinsaibashi, Osaka

The KANSAI TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER in Shinsaibashi, Osaka

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The Kansai Tourist Information Centers run by the Japanese Travel Bureau (JTB) are the most reliable source of information on Osaka and its attractions. They offer a wide range of services, from convenient transportation tickets to Wi-Fi and currency exch

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Written by Mami Wakamatsu

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Osaka offers a multitude of great sightseeing destinations. On the other hand, it is also a place where you may feel like being in a maze when visiting the downtown are or are inside the train stations.

Even if you are pretty well informed about Osaka, there will still be things you will want to know once you're there, such as how to travel to a certain destination or detailed information about the city's must-visit spots. In fact, even the Japanese may get lost in Osaka easily.

Two Tourist Information Centers in Shinsaibashi, Osaka

Tourist Information Centers are the best guide to your travels. Such centers are provided for visitors in all the major cities of Japan.

Osaka is no exception. You can find two Kansai Tourist Information Centers (KTIC for short) in the Shinsaibashi area, which is one of the famous travel destinations in Osaka where many commercial institutions and hotels are gathered.

KTIC are run by the Japanese Travel Bureau (JTB) and offer various services which meet the visitor's needs and support them to have a wonderful trip. These centers also play an important role in spreading the appeal and culture of each region, as well as introduce local souvenirs and the latest trends.

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For instance, you can get information about transportation and sightseeing, as well as purchase transportation tickets, leave your luggage here or send packages. Even more, you can use the Wi-Fi of this facility and consult travel pamphlets.

Purchase Excursion Tickets

One of the best things offered here is the excursion tickets which can be used to explore Osaka and the whole Kansai region at an affordable price.

The Osaka Amazing Pass gives you the possibility to ride the trains and buses in Osaka city conveniently. All the railway companies such as Hankyu, Hanshin, Keihan, Nankai, and Kintetsu are covered. In addition, you can get to visit 28 popular attractions for free. A one day pass costs 2,300 yen, while a two day pass costs 3,000 yen.

The Kansai Thru Pass, which offers an unlimited number of ride on private railways and buses, as well as city trains and buses in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Wakayama and Shiga prefecture, is also available. A two-days pass costs 4,000 yen for adults and 2,000 yen for children, while a three days pass can be purchased for 5,000 yen for adults and 2,600 yen for children. You can also get good deals on about 350 destinations such as amusement parks, temples and shrines.

You can find more details on these two information centers below. Both of them offer travel information, but some of the other services are different.

Shinsaibashi

You can get a free Wi-Fi service and information about the city's attractions, buy transportation tickets, as well as leave your baggage or send packages.

Address: Osaka, Chuo Ward, Shinsaibashi-suji 2-5-1, 3rd floor of Tommy Hilfiger Shinsaibashi Store
Hours: 11:00-19:00
Closed: New years Eve and New years day
Wi-fi: available at inside information center and Shinsaibashi-suji
Credit Cards: -
Other Languages: English, Chinese and Korean
Menus/Pamphlets in Other Languages: English, Chinese and Korean
Nearest Station: Shinsaibashi Station (心斎橋駅), Osaka Municipal Subway, Midosuji Line, Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line / Namba Station (なんば駅), Midosuji Line
Access: 8 minute walk from Shinsaibashi Station, 3 minute walk from 14 exit of Namba Station
Price Range/Entrance Fee: -
Religious Considerations: -
Phone Number: +81-6-6214-5370
Website/Homepage: KANSAI TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER

Daimaru Shinsaibashi

The Kansai Tourist Information Center - Daimaru Shinsaibashi is just one minute away from Shinsaibashi Station. It is located inside the Daimaru department store, and was opened in 2015.

The same as the information center in Shinsaibashi, you can get information on sightseeing, purchase transportation tickets, leave your luggage and deliver your stuff to your hotel. In addition, you will get to use the ATM and currency exchange services (USD, AUD, GBP, EUR, TWD, HKD, RM, THD, KRW, KPW, CAD, SGD; there is an exchange limit of maximum 100,000 yen at once), purchase SIM cards, or book your accommodation. All these services are really helpful when you are on your way.

Address: Osaka City, Chuo ward, Shinsaibashi-suji 1-7-1 South Building 2nd floor of Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store
Hours: 10:30-21:00
Closed: New Years Day
Wi-fi: -
Credit Cards: -
Other Languages: English, Chinese and Korean
Menus/Pamphlets in Other Languages: English, Chinese and Korean
Nearest Station: Shinsaibashi Station (心斎橋), Osaka Municipal Subway Midosuji Line
Access: 1 minute walk from 4-B exit of Shinsaibashi Station
Price Range/Entrance Fee: -
Religious Considerations: -
Phone Number: +81-6-6244-7100
Website/Homepage: KANSAI TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER DAIMARU SHINSAIBASHI

In Conclusion

The fact that the Kaisai Tourist Information Center is provided by a travel company, you can rest assure that best quality services are offered at these centers. Please do remember this tourist information center, as it will be really helpful not only when you are lost or in trouble, but also when you want to get a good deal on your trip.

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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