The Kintetsu Nara Line is a private railway line that runs between Kintetsu Nara Station in central Nara City and Fuse Station in Osaka. Because through train services from Nara continue beyond Fuse Station, this line actually connects Kintetsu Nara Station with Osaka Namba Station. In fact this line is one of a series of rail lines that link the cities of Nara, Osaka, Amagasaki, and Kobe and there are Rapid Express services that run between all four cities on these lines.
At Kintetsu Nara Station services on the Kintetsu Nara Line depart from platforms 1, 2, and 3. Because the Kintetsu Nara Line is a private rail line it is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
Kintetsu Nara Line Stations
There are 19 stations on the Kintetsu Nara Line between Kintetsu Nara Station and Fuse Station. These are as follows:
Kintetsu Nara > Shin-Omiya > Yamato-Saidaiji > Ayameike > Gakuen-mae > Tomio > Higashi-Ikoma > Ikoma > Ishikiri > Nukata > Hiraoka > Hyotan-yama > Higashi Hanazono > Kawachi-Hanazono > Wakae-Iwata > Yaenosato > Kawachi Kosaka > Kawachi-Eiwa > Fuse
Beyond Fuse trains continue on to the following stations in Osaka:
Imazato > Tsuruhashi > Osaka Uehommachi > Kintetsu Nippombashi > Osaka Namba
For more details on the key destinations along this route, please see our Kintetsu Nara Line article at OsakaStation.com.
Rapid Express Fares & Train Times
Rapid Express through services run from Kintetsu Nara Station to Osaka Namba Station, Hanshin Amagasaki Station, and Kobe-Sannomiya Station. Sample fares and train times are given below.
|Stations||Train Fares||Train Times|
|Kintetsu Nara -> Osaka Namba||560 yen||39 minutes|
|Kintetsu Nara -> Hanshin Amagasaki||890 yen||55 minutes|
|Kintetsu Nara -> Kobe-Sannomiya||970 yen||92 minutes|
To find the best train for your journey use online English route finders like Jorudan or Hyperdia.
Although Kintetsu Railway is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass, there are a variety of discount passes for the Kintetsu Railway which can be used to visit Nara, Osaka and other destinations in the Kansai region. Of these the Kintetsu Rail Pass and the Kintetsu Rail Pass Wide are the most useful. 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.
The official Kintetsu website has complete PDF timetables from Kintetsu Nara Station and a route map of the Kintetsu Limited Express network with links to station maps.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.