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The JR Kansai Wide Area Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign tourists, providing five consecutive days of unlimited travel on designated JR train lines (including unreserved seats on shinkansen and limited express trains) in the Kansai Region.

Purchase the JR Kansai Wide Area Pass

JR Kansai Wide Area Pass (until April 9, 2017)
 
If purchased outside Japan or via the internet
If purchased inside Japan
5 consecutive days
8,500 yen
9,000 yen
Reduced rates apply to children aged 6-11 (50% off); a green car version is not available.

JR Kansai Wide Area Pass (from April 10, 2017)
 
If purchased outside Japan or via the internet
If purchased inside Japan
5 consecutive days
9,000 yen
9,500 yen
Reduced rates apply to children aged 6-11 (50% off); a green car version is not available.

Validity

  1. Unlimited use of local and rapid JR trains along the lines shown on the map above. From April 10, 2017, coverage of the JR Sanin Line will be extended to Tottori.
  2. Unlimited use of unreserved seats on the Sanyo Shinkansen between Shin-Osaka and Okayama (including Nozomi and Mizuho trains). However, the Tokaido Shinkansen between Kyoto and Osaka is not covered.
  3. Unlimited use of unreserved seats on JR limited express trains within the coverage area.
  4. From April 10, 2017, unlimited use of the Kyoto Tango Railway, which provides access to Amanohashidate.
  5. From April 10, 2017, unlimited use of the Wakayama Railway.
  6. From April 10, 2017, unlimited use of local JR buses between Kyoto Station, Takao and Shuzan, between Obama and Omi-Imazu, and between Fukuchiyama and Sonobe.
  7. Free use of rental bicycles at designated Ekirin Kun outlets within the covered area.
  8. Reserved seats are not covered by the pass. If pass holders wish to use a reserved seat, nevertheless, the pass will cover only the base fare, while the limited express fee will have to be paid separately.
  9. The pass is valid on consecutive calendar days (midnight to midnight).
  10. Only foreign visitors to Japan (with temporary visitor status) can use the JR Kansai Wide Area Pass. It cannot be used by residents of Japan.
  11. The pass can only be used by a single person. It cannot be transferred between multiple persons. The pass holder has to carry his/her passport at all times.

Points of Sale

The JR Kansai Wide Area Pass can be purchased online, at selected travel agents outside of Japan and at major railway stations in the area covered. If purchased outside of Japan or via the internet, a voucher will be initially issued that has to be exchanged to the actual pass after arrival in Japan at a major station in the area covered. If purchasing the pass inside of Japan, the cost is slightly higher, and there is a limit of one purchase per person and stay. There is no such limit otherwise.

Purchase the JR Kansai Wide Area Pass

Assessment

The JR Kansai Wide Area Pass can be a very good value for travelers who visit the Osaka/Kyoto/Nara/Kobe area in combination with at least one major side trip to a less centrally located destination in the pass' coverage area, such as Kinosaki Onsen, Okayama, Takamatsu or the Kumano Region. It will not pay off for urban, short-distance travel around Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe alone.

Read our page about passes for the Kansai Region for more information.

Page last updated: February 23, 2017