The Kansai Thru Pass is a rail pass that provides unlimited use of trains, subways and buses in the Kansai Region (around Osaka and Kyoto), with the prominent exception of JR trains. It can only be used by foreign visitors to Japan.
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Below is a map of major railway lines (some minor ones are omitted), which can be used with the Kansai Thru Pass:
- Unlimited use of non-JR trains in the Kansai Region, including
- Subways of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe
- Hankyu Railway (Kobe - Osaka - Kyoto)
- Hanshin Railway (Kobe - Osaka)
- Keihan Railway (Osaka - Kyoto)
- Kintetsu Railway (Osaka - Kyoto - Nara)
- Nankai Railway (Osaka - Kansai Airport - Koyasan)
- Sanyo Railway (Kobe - Himeji)
- Keifuku Railway (Kyoto)
- Nose Railway (North of Osaka)
- Kobe Railway (North of Kobe)
- Osaka Monorail (Northern Osaka, Itami Airport)
- Kobe Kosoku Railway (Kobe)
- Port and Rokko Liner (Kobe)
- Various cablecars (Hieizan, Koyasan)
- A few more minor railway lines
- The Kansai Thru Pass is not valid on trains operated by JR (Japan Railways).
- A supplement fee has to be paid on limited express trains of Nankai Railway and Kintetsu Railway, but not on limited express trains of the other railway companies. A supplement fee has to be paid on Premium Cars of Keihan Railway.
- Unlimited use of many buses in the Kansai Region, including, among others, the city buses of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe, and the Nankai, Hankyu, Kintetsu, Wakayama and Keihan buses.
- Discounted admission to selected tourist attractions in the Kansai Region.
- The pass can be used on any two or three calendar days within the period of validity (between April 1 and May 31 of the following year). They do not have to be consecutive days.
- The Kansai Thru Pass can only be used by:
- Foreign tourists (with temporary visitor status)
- Japanese nationals with permanent residence outside of Japan
- Residents of Japan who are traveling together with Kansai Thru Pass holders as guides
Points of Sale
The Kansai Thru Pass can be purchased inside the Kansai Region, through selected travel agencies outside of Japan or online. Points of sale inside the Kansai Region include the tourist information centers and the Nankai ticket office at Kansai Airport, tourist information centers at Namba Station, Osaka Station and Hankyu Umeda Station, and the bus information center in front of Kyoto Station.
The Kansai Thru Pass is one of the better rail passes available in Japan. One of its advantages is that it does not only cover the train and bus lines between cities, but also most city buses and subways inside the cities.
The JR Kansai Area Pass is also available to foreign tourists only. Its advantage over the Kansai Thru Pass is that JR trains to Himeji are considerably faster than non-JR trains. Otherwise, the Kansai Thru Pass should be considered the better value, because it covers a denser network in the region's most visited cities than the JR Kansai Area Pass.
Read also our page about passes for the Kansai Region for more information.