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Regional Pass vs. JR Pass

Does the Kansai Area Pass work the same way as the JR Pass (other than the limited area covered, no Shinkansen, etc.)?

Our home base will be in Kyoto for about a week. We're planning a few day trips and leave from Kansai Airport.

Do I simply show the pass to the gate attendant at Kyoto station to catch the trains to Osaka, Himeji, Nara, Uji? Or do I have to reserve seats at the ticket office and/or ticket machines? What about the Express Haruka to Kansai Airport?

Thank you so much!


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