The JR Sanyo Sanin Northern Kyushu Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign tourists, providing seven consecutive days of unlimited travel on designated JR train and bus lines (including shinkansen and limited express trains) in the Chugoku Region, northern Kyushu and parts of the Kansai Region. The pass is essentially a combination of the Sanyo Sanin Area Pass and the Northern Kyushu version of the Kyushu Rail Pass.
|Reduced rates apply to children aged 6-11 (50% off); a green car version is not available.|
- Unlimited use of local, rapid and limited express JR trains in the coverage area shown on the map above, including trains along the Chizukyu Express Line between Kamigori and Chizu, a non-JR line that provides the fastest train access to Tottori. In Kyushu, the pass is not valid south of Oita and Misumi.
- Unlimited use of the Sanyo Shinkansen (including Nozomi and Mizuho) between Shin-Osaka and Fukuoka's Hakata Station, and of the Kyushu Shinkansen between Hakata and Kumamoto. The Tokaido Shinkansen between Kyoto and Osaka is not covered.
- Seat reservations can be made at no additional cost.
- Unlimited use of JR ferry to Miyajima.
- Unlimited use of local JR buses around Kyoto, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi, including buses between Kyoto Station, Takao and Shuzan, and between Yamaguchi, Hagi and Akiyoshidai.
- Free use of rental bicycles at designated Ekirin Kun outlets within the covered area.
- The pass is valid on seven consecutive calendar days (midnight to midnight).
- Only foreign visitors to Japan (with temporary visitor status) can use the pass. It cannot be used by residents of Japan.
- 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 Sanyo Sanin Northern Kyushu Pass can be purchased from selected travel agents outside of Japan and at major railway stations in the area covered. If purchased outside of Japan, 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.
The JR Sanyo Sanin Northern Kyushu Pass can be a good value for those exploring both the Chugoku Region (which is made up of the Sanyo and Sanin Regions) and northern Kyushu, especially if using the Sanyo Shinkansen and Kyushu Shinkansen. For example, it will already almost pay off for a one way shinkansen trip between Osaka and Kumamoto.