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JR Sanin Okayama Area Pass

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The JR Sanin Okayama Area Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign tourists available from May 2014 through March 2015, providing three consecutive days of unlimited travel on designated JR train lines in the Sanin Region and on trains between Okayama and the Sanin Region, including unreserved seats on limited express trains. It can be a good pass for exploring the area around Matsue, Iwami Ginzan and Tottori, but even pays off for a one way trip between Okayama and Matsue alone.

JR Sanin Okayama Area Pass
3 consecutive days
4,110 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.
4) The pass is valid on three consecutive calendar days (midnight to midnight) between May 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. The sale of the pass ends on March 29, 2015.
5) The pass provides discounts on admission to a small number of tourist attractions, including Okayama's Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle.
6) Only foreign visitors to Japan (with temporary visitor status) can use the JR Sanin Okayama 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 Okayama, Matsue, Yonago and Sakaiminato Station. There is a limit of one pass per person and stay if purchased inside of Japan. A passport and return flight ticket have to be shown at the 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 four stations or at Osaka or Shin-Osaka Station. There is no limit on the number of passes per person if purchased outside of Japan.

Assessment

The JR Sanin Okayama Area Pass is an excellent value for exploring the Sanin Region as it already pays off for a one way trip by limited express from Okayama to Matsue alone. Use in combination with a JR Kansai Wide Area Pass can be an interesting option for some travelers.

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