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Kansai Thru Pass (Surutto Kansai)

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The Surutto Kansai Two Day Ticket and Surutto Kansai Three Day Ticket are rail passes, providing unlimited usage of trains, subways and buses in the Kansai Region (around Osaka and Kyoto), with the prominent exception of JR trains.

There are three types of Surutto Kansai 2/3 Day Tickets:

  • The Kansai Thru Pass can be used only by foreign tourists and is available around the year.

  • The Zenkoku Version ("Nationwide Version") can be purchased only outside of the Kansai Region and is available around the year.

  • The Kansai Version can be purchased inside the Kansai Region, but is available only during certain times of the year.

Note that apart from the 2/3 Day Tickets, Surutto Kansai prepaid cards are also available.

Surutto Kansai
Surutto Kansai 2 Day Ticket
4,000 yen
Surutto Kansai 3 Day Ticket
5,200 yen
Reduced rates (50% off) apply for children aged 6-11.

Below is a map of major railway lines (some minor ones are omitted), which can be used with Surutto Kansai tickets:

Validity

1) Unlimited usage of non-JR trains in the Kansai Region, including
  • Subways of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe
  • Hankyu Railways (Kobe - Osaka - Kyoto)
  • Hanshin Railways (Kobe - Osaka)
  • Keihan Railways (Osaka - Kyoto)
  • Kintetsu Railways (Osaka - Kyoto - Nara)
  • Nankai Railways (Osaka - Kansai Airport - Koyasan)
  • Sanyo Railways (Kobe - Himeji)
  • Keifuku Railways (Kyoto)
  • Nose Railways (North of Osaka)
  • Kobe Railways (North of Kobe)
  • Osaka Monorail (Northern Osaka, Itami Airport)
  • Kobe Kosoku Railways (Kobe)
  • Port and Rokko Liner (Kobe)
  • Various cablecars (Hieizan, Koyasan)
  • A few more minor railway lines
2) The Surutto Kansai is not valid on trains operated by JR (Japan Railways).
3) A supplement fee has to be paid on limited express trains by Nankai or Kintetsu Railways. No supplement fee is neccessary on limited express trains of the other railway companies.
4) Unlimited use of many buses in the Kansai Region, including, among others, the city buses of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, and the Nankai, Hankyu, Kintetsu, Wakayama and Keihan buses.
5) Discounted admission to selected tourist attractions in the Kansai Region.
6) The ticket can be used on any two or three days within the period of validity, except the Zenkoku Version, which has to be used on consecutive days.

Availability and Points of Sale

The availability of the tickets depends on whether you are a visitor or resident of Japan and whether you are inside or outside of the Kansai Region, as explained below:

Kansai Thru Pass (For foreign visitors only)

Foreign visitors to Japan can purchase the Surutto Kansai 2 Day and 3 Day Ticket inside the Kansai Region, across Japan and outside of Japan at any time of the year. This version of the pass is called "Kansai Thru Pass".

Points of sales inside the Kansai region include Kansai and Itami Airport and information and transport bureau centers in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara, as well as several hotels in the Kansai Region. In the rest of Japan and outside of Japan, the ticket is available through major travel agencies.

This version of the Surutto Kansai ticket is also available to 1) Japanese nationals with permanent residence outside of Japan and 2) residents of Japan who are travelling together with foreign visitors as guides.

The period of validity of the 2-day ticket is as follows:
Until May 2 of the following year, if purchased between April and December
Until May 2 of the same year, if purchased between January and March

The period of validity of the 3-day ticket is one day longer, i.e. until May 3.

Zenkoku Version (For foreign visitors and residents of Japan)

The Zenkoku Version ("Nationwide Version") of the Surutto Kansai 2 Day and 3 Day Ticket can be purchased only outside of the Kansai Region, where it is available through major travel agencies. Some agencies sell the actual ticket, while others sell a voucher, which has to be exchanged into the actual ticket inside the Kansai Region. Unlike the other versions of the pass, the Zenkoku version has to be used on consecutive days.

Kansai Version (For foreign visitors and residents of Japan)

The Kansai Version of the Surutto Kansai 3 Day Ticket (2 Day Ticket is not available) can be purchased inside the Kansai Region. However, is is only available and valid during certain periods in spring, summer and autumn.

Dates of availability for 2014 are as follows:

Period
Valid
On Sale
Spring 2014
April 1 to May 11
April 1 to May 6
Summer 2014
July 18 to August 31
July 18 to August 24
Autumn 2014
October 31 to December 25
October 31 to December 14

Assessment

The Surutto Kansai Ticket is one of the better rail passes available in Japan. One of its advantages is that it does not only cover the train and bus lines between cities, but also most city buses and subways inside the cities.

The tables below show approximate regular fares for one-way tickets between selected sites and the cost for one day tickets for Osaka and Kyoto. Use them to compare the cost of regular tickets with the cost of a Surutto Kansai Ticket:

 
Kyoto
Kobe
Nara
Himeji
Koyasan
Osaka
400 yen
300 yen
550 yen
1,300 yen
1,250 yen
Kyoto  
600 yen
600 yen
1,600 yen
1,900 yen
Kobe    
1,000 yen
950 yen
1,700 yen
Nara      
1,950 yen
1,800 yen
Himeji        
2,650 yen

Osaka One Day Pass
800 yen
Kyoto Sightseeing Card (1 day)
1,200 yen

Surutto Kansai 2 Day Ticket
4,000 yen
Surutto Kansai 3 Day Ticket
5,200 yen

Alternative Tickets

The JR West Rail Pass - Kansai Area is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign visitors, which covers about the same area as the Surutto Kansai Ticket, but is valid only on JR trains on one to four consecutive days.

One advantage of the JR West Rail Pass - Kansai Area is that JR trains to Himeji are considerably faster than non-JR trains. Otherwise, the Surutto Kansai Ticket should be considered the better value, because it covers a denser and larger network than the JR Kansai Pass, especially inside the cities.

At last, there also exist a range of tickets for local travel inside Osaka and Kyoto.

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