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The JR Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign tourists. It provides pass holders with seven consecutive days of unlimited travel on designated JR train lines (including unreserved seats on shinkansen and limited express trains) in the Kansai Region, Hokuriku Region and Okayama. It roughly combines the coverage areas of the Kansai Wide Area Pass and Hokuriku Area Pass into a single pass.

JR Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass
 
If purchased outside Japan or via the internet
If purchased inside Japan
7 consecutive days
15,000 yen
16,000 yen
Reduced rates apply to children aged 6-11 (50% off).

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 and on the Hokuriku Shinkansen between Kanazawa and Joetsu Myoko. However, the Tokaido Shinkansen between Kyoto and Osaka is not covered.
  3. Unlimited use of the IR Ishikawa Railway between Kanazawa and Tsubata to access the JR Nanao Line and of 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.
  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 around Kyoto and Kanazawa.
  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. Note that Kagayaki trains along the Hokuriku Shinkansen carry only reserved seating and cannot be used free of charge by pass holders.
  9. The pass is valid on seven consecutive calendar days (midnight to midnight).
  10. Only foreign visitors to Japan (with temporary visitor status) can use the JR Hokuriku 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 Hokuriku Area Pass can purchased online on the JR West website, at selected travel agents outside of Japan and at major railway stations in the area covered. If purchased 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 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.

Assessment

The JR Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass is of excellent value for travelers visiting the Kansai and Hokuriku regions. For example, it costs about the same as a round trip between Osaka and Kanazawa. The pass provides access to most major tourist destinations in the Kansai Region; Okayama, Kurashiki and Naoshima west of Osaka; and many destinations in the Hokuriku Regions including Kanazawa, Fukui, the Noto Peninsula and the Kurobe Gorge. If used well, it can provide large savings over regular tickets.

Note that the coverage area of the Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass corresponds roughly to the combined coverage areas of the Kansai Wide Area Pass and Hokuriku Area Pass (except that the Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass includes the Hokuriku Shinkansen as far as Joetsu Myoko, but does not include Takamatsu). The Kansai Wide Area Pass costs 8,500 yen for five days and the Hokuriku Area Pass costs 5,000 yen for four days, which together can be the better value than the Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass (15,000 yen for seven days).

Page last updated: February 23, 2017