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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. 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.

Important Note: In March 2015, changes to the pass' cost structure and coverage area will be made due to the extension of the Hokuriku Shinkansen (see price tables and coverage area maps below).

JR Hokuriku Area Pass (until February 28, 2015)
4 consecutive days
4,500 yen
Reduced rates apply to children aged 6-11 (50% off).

JR Hokuriku Area Pass (from March 14, 2015)
 
If purchased outside Japan or via the internet
If purchased inside Japan
4 consecutive days
5,000 yen
5,500 yen
Reduced rates apply to children aged 6-11 (50% off).

 
Validity

Until February 28, 2015:

From March 14, 2015:

1) Unlimited use of JR trains along the lines shown on the map above, including non-reserved seats on limited express trains. From March 14, 2015, the pass will also become valid on non-reserved seats on the JR Hokuriku Shinkansen between Kanazawa and Kurobe Unazuki Onsen.
2) From March 14, 2015, the pass will also become available on the IR Ishikawa Railway between Kanazawa and Tsubata to access the JR Nanao Line and on the Ainokaze Toyama Railway between Toyama and Takaoka to access the JR Himi and Johana Lines; however, it is not allowed to get on and off at any stations in between. The liner surcharge for Ainokaze Liner trains is not covered.
3) 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. Note that Kagayaki trains along the Hokuriku Shinkansen carry only reserved seating and cannot be used free of charge by pass holders.
4) The pass is valid on four consecutive calendar days (midnight to midnight).
5) The pass provides discounts on various non-JR trains and buses, including the following:
6) The pass provides discounts on admission to a small number of tourist attractions in the area.
7) Only foreign visitors to Japan (with temporary visitor status) can use the JR Hokuriku Area Pass. It cannot be used by residents of Japan.
8) 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

Until February 28, 2015: 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 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.

From March 14, 2015: The JR Hokuriku Area Pass can be purchased at selected travel agents outside of Japan, via the internet and at major railway stations in the service area of JR West, including Osaka and Kyoto. The cost is 500 yen higher if purchased at a railway station inside Japan. If purchased outside of Japan or via the internet, a voucher will be initially issued that has to be exchanged to the actual pass at a selected railway station in Japan. If purchasing the pass inside of Japan or via the internet, there is a limit of one purchase per person and stay. There is no such limit if purchasing the pass from a travel agent 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 could be worth considering.

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