The JR Kansai Wide Area Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign tourists, providing five consecutive days of unlimited travel on designated train and bus lines (including unreserved seats on shinkansen and limited express trains) in the Kansai Region.

Purchase the JR Kansai Wide Area Pass

JR Kansai Wide Area Pass
 
If purchased outside Japan or via the internet
If purchased inside Japan
5 consecutive days
9,000 yen
10,000 yen
Reduced rates apply to children aged 6-11 (50% off); a green car version is not available.
8500 yen if purchased outside of Japan in combination with a ticket for the Universal Studios.

Validity

  1. Unlimited use of non-reserved seats on trains along the JR lines shown on the map above. The Sanyo Shinkansen is covered between Shin-Osaka and Okayama (including Nozomi and Mizuho trains). However, the Tokaido Shinkansen between Kyoto and Osaka is not covered.
  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.
  3. Unlimited use of the Kyoto Tango Railway, which provides access to Amanohashidate.
  4. Unlimited use of the Chizukyu Express Line between Kamigori and Chizu, a non-JR line that provides the fastest train access to Tottori.
  5. Unlimited use of the Wakayama Railway.
  6. Unlimited use of local JR buses between Kyoto Station, Takao and Shuzan, between Obama and Omi-Imazu, and between Fukuchiyama and Sonobe.
  7. Free use of rental bicycles at designated Ekirin Kun outlets within the covered area.
  8. The pass is valid on consecutive calendar days (midnight to midnight).
  9. Only foreign visitors to Japan (with temporary visitor status) can use the JR Kansai Wide Area Pass. It cannot be used by residents of Japan.
  10. 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 Wide 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 Wide Area Pass

Assessment

The JR Kansai Wide Area Pass can be a very good value for travelers who visit the Osaka/Kyoto/Nara/Kobe area in combination with at least one major side trip to a less centrally located destination in the pass' coverage area, such as Kinosaki Onsen, Okayama, Takamatsu or the Kumano Region. It will not pay off for urban, short-distance travel around Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe alone.

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