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The Hokuriku Arch Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign visitors to Japan, providing unlimited travel on JR trains (including Hokuriku Shinkansen) between Tokyo and Osaka via the less traveled Hokuriku Region. The pass is valid for seven consecutive days.

Purchase the Hokuriku Arch Pass

Hokuriku Arch Pass (until March 15, 2024)
If purchased online or outside Japan
If purchased inside Japan
24,500 yen
25,500 yen
Reduced rates (50% off) apply to children aged 6-11; a green car version is not available.

Hokuriku Arch Pass (from March 16, 2024)
30,000 yen
Reduced rates (50% off) apply to children aged 6-11; a green car version is not available.

Below is a simplified map of train lines that can be used with the Hokuriku Arch Pass:

Until March 15, 2024:

From March 16, 2024:

Validity

  1. Unlimited use of JR trains between Tokyo and Osaka via the Hokuriku Shinkansen. The pass is also valid on JR trains in central Osaka and central Tokyo, including JR trains to Tokyo's Narita Airport and Osaka's Kansai Airport and the Tokyo Monorail to Tokyo's Haneda Airport.
  2. In the designated area, you can use all types of JR trains, including the Hokuriku Shinkansen (but not the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen), limited express trains and local trains.
  3. There are a small number of JR trains, which partially run on the tracks of different railway companies. When riding along a non-JR owned section, pass holders will have to pay the fare for the non-JR section on board of the train or at the station. Only the following non-JR train lines can also be used with the Hokuriku Arch Pass:
    • IR Ishikawa Railway between Kanazawa and Tsubata to access the JR Nanao Line
    • Ainokaze Toyama Railway between Toyama and Takaoka
    • Tokyo Monorail between central Tokyo and Haneda Airport
    • From March 16, 2024: Hapi Line Fukui Railway between Fukui and Echizen-Hanando to access the JR Kuzuryu Line
  4. Seat reservations can be made for free except for the Hayabusa and Komachi trains (between Tokyo and Omiya) which pass holders are allowed to ride only in the non-reserved section. Reservations can be made at ticket offices, selected ticket machines and through the JR East Train Reservation website. Note that online seat reservations also need to be picked up at a ticket office before use (those who purchased their pass through the official JR East website can pick up their seat reservations also at ticket machines). Note, furthermore, that there is a limit of six reservations to be made at ticket machines, but no limit for reservations to be made at ticket offices.
  5. The pass is valid on seven consecutive days. The validity of the pass is based on calendar days (midnight to midnight) as opposed to 24-hour periods.
  6. Pass holders are eligible to various discounts and gifts in the pass' coverage area.
  7. Only foreign visitors to Japan (on temporary visitor status) can use the Hokuriku Arch Pass. It cannot be used by residents of Japan.

Points of sale

The Hokuriku Arch Pass can be purchased online through various websites, through selected travel agents outside of Japan and at major railway stations and airports in the area covered (the sale of the pass at stations and airports inside Japan will end on March 15, 2024). If purchasing the pass outside of Japan or via the internet, the actual pass has to be picked up at a major station in the area covered before use.

Note that the pass is also sold at the official JR East website and the official JR West website. A small advantage of purchasing the pass through the official JR East website is that you can pick up online seat reservations also at ticket machines, while others need to pick up their online seat reservations at ticket offices.

If purchasing the pass through an official website, a start date within a 1-month period needs to be specified at the time of purchase. If purchasing through other channels, you will receive a voucher, which needs to be exchanged to the actual pass in Japan within a 3-month period. At the time of the exchange, you then select the start date for the pass, which can be any date within a 1-month period.

Purchase the Hokuriku Arch Pass

Assessment

The Hokuriku Arch Pass can provide a saving for travelers who make a round trip between Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka via the Hokuriku Region instead of via the more popularly traveled Tokaido Shinkansen; however, it won't usually pay off for a one-way trip between the cities. The Hokuriku Arch Pass is of good value to travelers who intend to explore the Hokuriku Region from Tokyo, as it already pays off for a simple round trip between Tokyo and Kanazawa.