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The Hokuriku Arch Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign visitors to Japan, providing unlimited travel on JR trains (including Hokuriku Shinkansen) between Tokyo and Osaka via the less traveled Hokuriku Region. The pass is valid for seven consecutive days.

Purchase the Hokuriku Arch Pass

Hokuriku Arch Pass
If purchased online or outside Japan
If purchased inside Japan
24,000 yen
25,000 yen
Reduced rates (50% off) apply to children aged 6-11; a green car version is not available.

Below is a simplified map of train lines that can be used with the Hokuriku Arch Pass:

Validity

  1. Unlimited use of JR trains between Tokyo and Osaka via the Hokuriku Shinkansen. The pass is also valid on JR trains in central Osaka and central Tokyo, including JR trains to Tokyo's Narita Airport and Osaka's Kansai Airport and the Tokyo Monorail to Tokyo's Haneda Airport.
  2. In the designated area, you can use all types of JR trains, including the Hokuriku Shinkansen (but not the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen), limited express trains and local trains.
  3. There are a small number of JR trains, which partially run on the tracks of different railway companies. When riding along a non-JR owned section, pass holders will have to pay the fare for the non-JR section on board of the train or at the station. Only the following non-JR train lines can also be used with the Hokuriku Arch Pass:
    • IR Ishikawa Railway between Kanazawa and Tsubata to access the JR Nanao Line
    • Ainokaze Toyama Railway between Toyama and Takaoka
    • Tokyo Monorail between central Tokyo and Haneda Airport
  4. Seat reservations can be made for free except for the Haruka limited express train to/from Kansai Airport which pass holders are allowed to use only in the non-reserved section.
  5. The pass is valid on seven consecutive days. The validity of the pass is based on calendar days (midnight to midnight) as opposed to 24-hour periods.
  6. Pass holders are eligible to various discounts and gifts in the pass' coverage area.
  7. Only foreign visitors to Japan (on a temporary visitor visa) can use the Hokuriku Arch Pass. It cannot be used by residents of Japan.

Points of Sale

The Hokuriku Arch Pass can be purchased via the internet, through selected travel agents outside of Japan and at major railway stations or airports in the area covered. If purchased online or outside of Japan, a voucher will be initially issued that has to be exchanged to the actual pass after arrival in Japan at a major station or airport 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 Hokuriku Arch Pass

Assessment

The Hokuriku Arch Pass can provide a small saving over a 7-day Japan Rail Pass for travelers who make a round trip between Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka via the Hokuriku Region instead of via the more popularly traveled Tokaido Shinkansen.

Page last updated: April 17, 2016