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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, 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.

Important Note: From April 2015, the cost structure of the pass will change (as shown in the tables below), the validity period will be extended to four days, and the coverage area will be increased (see map below).

JR Sanin Okayama Area Pass (until March 31, 2015)
3 consecutive days
4,110 yen
Reduced rates apply to children aged 6-11 (50% off).

JR Sanin Okayama Area Pass (from April 1, 2015)
 
If purchased outside Japan or via the internet
If purchased inside Japan
4 consecutive days
4,500 yen
5,000 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. From April 2014, the pass will also become valid on trains along the Chizukyu Express Line between Kamigori and Chizu, a non-JR line that provides fast access to Tottori.
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). From April 2015, the validity period will be extended to four consecutive calendar days.
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

Until April 2015: 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.

From April 2015: The JR Sanin Okayama 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 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 could be worth considering.

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