The JR Kansai Area Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign visitors to Japan, providing unlimited travel on local JR trains and buses, as well as the Haruka limited express train in the Kansai region around Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe for one to four days.

Purchase the JR Kansai Area Pass

JR Kansai Area Pass
If purchased outside JapanIf purchased via JR West online reservationIf purchased inside Japan
1 day2300 yen2350 yen2400 yen
2 consecutive days4600 yen4750 yen4800 yen
3 consecutive days5600 yen5750 yen5800 yen
4 consecutive days6600 yen6750 yen6800 yen

Below is a map of lines that can be used with the JR Kansai Area Pass (and the two 1-day passes that come with it):

Validity

  1. Unlimited use of local JR trains in the designated area in the Kansai region, including Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Kansai Airport and Himeji (see map above).
  2. Unlimited use of the Haruka limited express train between Kansai Airport and Kyoto in the non-reserved seating section. Apart from that, you cannot use any limited express trains (or shinkansen).
  3. Unlimited use of local JR buses between Kyoto Station, Takao and Shuzan.
  4. One voucher for a Kyoto Subway One Day Card which allows for one calendar day of unlimited use of the Karasuma and Tozai subway lines during the validity of the Kansai Area Pass. The voucher needs to be exchanged at a subway station's ticket counter or at the Kyoto City Bus & Subway Information Center in front of Kyoto Station.
  5. One voucher for a Keihan 1-Day Kyoto Sightseeing Pass which allows for one calendar day of unlimited use of the Keihan Main Line between Demachiyanagi and Yawatashi stations, the Keihan Uji Line and the Otokoyama Cablecar during the validity of the Kansai Area Pass. The voucher needs to be exchanged at a subway station's ticket counter or at Keihan Sanjo, Tofukuji, Fushimi-Inari or Uji stations.
  6. Free use of rental bicycles at designated Ekirin Kun outlets within the covered area.
  7. The validity of the pass is based on calendar days (midnight to midnight) as opposed to 24-hour periods.
  8. The multiple-day passes are valid on consecutive days.
  9. Only foreign visitors to Japan (with temporary visitor status) can use the JR West Rail Pass. It cannot be used by residents of Japan.

Points of Sale

The JR Kansai Area Pass can be purchased online, at selected travel agents outside of Japan and at major railway stations in the area covered. If purchased outside of Japan or via the internet, 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.

Purchase the JR Kansai Area Pass

Assessment

The JR Kansai Area Pass is generally too expensive to pay off for urban transportation around Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe and Nara alone. It usually only pays off if visiting one of the more outlying destinations covered, such as Himeji, Hikone, Iga Ueno or Koka.

Alternative Tickets

The Kansai Thru Pass costs about the same as the JR Kansai Area Pass, but covers a denser network, including the subways and city buses of Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe. It does not cover JR trains, though.

Read our page about passes for the Kansai Region for more information.