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JR Kansai Wide Pass

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

Important Note: From March 2015, the cost structure of the pass will change (as shown in the tables below), the validity period will be extended to five days, and the coverage area will be increased (see map below).

JR Kansai Wide Area Pass (until February 28, 2015)
4 consecutive days
7,200 yen
Reduced rates apply to children aged 6-11 (50% off).

JR Kansai Wide Area Pass (from March 1, 2015)
 
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.

 
Validity

1) Unlimited use of local and rapid JR trains along the lines shown on the map above.
2) Unlimited use of unreserved seats on the Sanyo Shinkansen between Shin-Osaka and Okayama. However, the Tokaido Shinkansen between Kyoto and Osaka is not covered.
3) Unlimited use of unreserved seats on the following JR limited express trains:
  • Limited Express Haruka between Kyoto and Kansai Airport
  • Limited Express Kinosaki between Kyoto and Kinosaki Onsen
  • Limited Express Konotori between Shin-Osaka and Kinosaki Onsen
  • Limited Express Hamakaze between Osaka and Kinosaki Onsen
  • Limited Express Thunderbird between Osaka and Tsuruga
  • Limited Express Kuroshio between Kyoto and Shingu
4) 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.
5) The pass is valid on consecutive calendar days (midnight to midnight).
6) 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.
7) 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 is sold at major stations in the area covered by the pass including Kansai Airport, Osaka, Shin-Osaka and Kyoto Stations and several more. The pass can also be purchased overseas through travel agents, in which case a voucher will be initially issued that has to be exchanged to the actual pass after arrival in Japan. If purchasing the pass inside of Japan, there is a limit of one purchase per person and stay.

Assessment

The JR Kansai Wide Area Pass can be a 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 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.

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