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JR Hokuriku Area Pass

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The JR Hokuriku Area Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign tourists available from May 2014 through February 2015. It provides pass holders with four consecutive days of unlimited travel on designated JR train lines (including unreserved seats on limited express trains) in the Hokuriku Region. It can be a good pass for exploring the area around Kanazawa, Kaga Onsen, Fukui and other attractions in the region.

JR Hokuriku Area Pass
4 consecutive days
4,500 yen
Reduced rates apply to children aged 6-11 (50% off).

 
Validity

1) Unlimited use of JR trains along the lines shown on the map above, including non-reserved seats on limited express trains.
2) 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.
3) The pass is valid on four consecutive calendar days (midnight to midnight) between May 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015. The sale of the pass ends on February 25, 2015.
4) The pass provides discounts on various non-JR trains and buses, including the following:
5) The pass provides discounts on admission to a small number of tourist attractions in the area.
6) Only foreign visitors to Japan (on a temporary visitor visa) can use the JR Hokuriku 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 pass can be purchased at Toyama, Takaoka, Kanazawa, Komatsu, Fukui and Tsuruga Station. There is a limit of one pass per person and stay. A passport and return flight ticket have to be shown at time of purchase.

Alternatively, an exchange voucher for the pass can be purchased outside of Japan at selected travel agencies in Eastern and Southeastern Asia. The voucher then needs to be exchanged to the actual pass after arrival in Japan at one of the above listed six stations or at Osaka, Shin-Osaka or Kyoto Station. There is no limit on the number of passes per person if purchased outside of Japan.

Assessment

The JR Hokuriku Area Pass is an excellent value for exploring the Hokuriku Region. It already almost pays off for a one way trip by limited express from Tsuruga to Kanazawa alone. Use in combination with a JR Kansai Wide Area Pass can be an interesting option for some travelers. Unfortunately, the lack of sales points in the Osaka/Kyoto region make the pass somewhat inconvenient to purchase for a lot of potential users, especially those from countries where exchange orders are not sold.

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