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5 Day JR Kansai Wide Area Pass

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¥12,000
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  • Get a pass that allows unlimited rides and exploration around the Kansai region
    and visit cities from Osaka and Kyoto to Okayama and Takamatsu.
  • Get access to unlimited rides on Sanyo Shinkansen, Express Trains, Rapid Services, and local trains for 5 consecutive days.
  • Redeem your pass by skipping the long lines at the digital redemption machines in the Osaka Kansai International Airport.
  • Click here to see all the valid train routes that you can conveniently avail of with this pass!

Inclusions

  • 5-Day JR Kansai Wide Area Pass:
  • Reserved seats redeemable up to 6 times (If the number of rides exceeds the number of reserved seats, the original ticket can be used to board the unreserved train directly)
  • Non-reserved seats on Sanyo Shinkansen (Shin-Osaka to/from Okayama),

Express Trains Haruka, Kuroshio, Thunderbird, Kounotori, and Super Hakuto (Kyoto to/from Kamigori).

  • Kyoto Tango Railway, Wakayama Electric Railway, the Sanin Main Line between Hamasaka and Tottori, and West JR Bus services within the area
  • Non-reserved seats on the Hello Kitty Shinkansen
  • Non-reserved seats on Express Trains
  • Special Rapid Services
  • Rapid Services
  • Local trains on JR-West Conventional lines
  • JR Buses

Exclusions

  • Attraction Tickets
  • This pass is eligible only for non-Japanese passport holders with a Temporary Visitor Visa and a permanent residence outside of Japan for 6+ months.
  • The reserved seat ticket can be redeemed six times. If the number of rides exceeds the number of reserved seats, the original ticket can be used to board the unreserved train directly
  • Free cancellation anytime before the start of your experience
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7 Days Kansai-Hokuriku Area Pass

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¥19,000
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  • Explore the major cities of Kansai and Hokuriku with the 7 Days Kansai-Hokuriku Area Pass.
  • Travel to places like Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Kansai Airport, Himeji and Wakayama, Kanazawa and Joetsu-Myoko in a hassle-free manner with just one pass!
  • Access rides on the Sanyo Shinkansen, Hokuriku Shinkansen, Express Trains, Rapid Services, and local trains.
  • Visit iconic places like the Kenrokuen Garden, Eiheiji Temple, or the dinosaur museums in Katsuyama Fukui.
  • This Area Pass gives you access to the Sanyo Shinkansen, Hokuriku Shinkansen, Express Trains, and local trains, and makes for the easiest and fastest way to explore Kansai and Hokuriku.

Inclusions

Travel in:

  • Bullet Train SANYO SHINKANSEN (Shin-Osaka-Okayama)
  • Bullet Train HOKURIKU SHINKANSEN (Kanazawa-Joetsu-Myoko)
  • Express Trains (HARUKA, THUNDERBIRD, KUROSHIO, KOUNOTORI, SUPER HAKUTO.)
  • Special Rapid Services, Rapid Services, and Local trains on JR-WEST Conventional lines
  • WEST JAPAN JR BUS route buses within the valid area

Exclusions

Travel in:

  • Bullet Train HOKURIKU SHINKANSEN (Joetsu-Myoko-Tokyo)
  • Bullet Train TOKAIDO SHINKANSEN (Shin-Osaka-Tokyo)
  • Bullet Train SANYO SHINKANSEN (Okayama-Hakata)
  • IR Ishikawa Railway
  • Ainokaze Toyama Railway
  • This pass is only Valid only for non-Japanese passport holders with a "Temporary Visitor" Visa stamp on the passport. Non-Japanese passport holders with permanent residence in Japan cannot use this pass.
  • View the operating hours of the train stations here.
  • The pass is valid for the pass holder only.
  • Please carry your passport along while traveling using the Area Pass.
  • You can cancel these tickets up to 3 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.
  • These tickets are valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.
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5 Day JR Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass

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  • Get 5 days to board Japan’s efficient and world-famous bullet trains to travel to multiple attractions in the Hiroshima-Yamaguchi area.
  • Redeem your pass conveniently and explore the areas of Hiroshima, Onomichi, Hagi, Miyajima, and Yamaguchi.
  • Board high-speed trains like the Sanyo Shinkansen (Mihara - Hakata), local trains, express trains, and more to reach your intended destination faster than ever.
  • Get a chance to hop on the Hello Kitty Shinkansen for a fun ride, with colorful plush seats and interiors to transport you back to your childhood!
  • Enjoy unlimited travel, 6 reserved seating opportunities, and rides aboard the Chugoku bus route, West Miyajima Ferry, Rapid Services, and more.

Inclusions

  • 5-day unlimited travel in Hiroshima-Yamaguchi area
  • Bullet Train Sanyo Shinkansen (Mihara - Hakata)
  • Hello Kitty Shinkansen
  • Haruka, Kuroshio, Thunderbird, Kounotori, & Super Hakuto Express trains
  • Special rapid services & rapid services
  • Local trains on JR-West Conventional lines
  • Jr West Miyajima ferry (Miyajimaguchi⇔Miyajima)
  • Chugoku JR route buses

Exclusions

  • Bullet train Sanyo Shinkansen (Mihara - Shin-Osaka)
  • Bullet train Tokaido Shinkansen (Shin-Osaka - Tokyo)
  • Bullet train Kyushu Shinkansen (Hakata- Kagoshima-Chuo)
  • Click here to know more about the train routes.
  • The experience is restricted for guests who are Japanese Passport holders or Non-Japanese passport holders with a permanent residence in Japan.
  • Free cancellation anytime before the start of your experience
  • These tickets are valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.
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5 Day JR Okayama-Hiroshima-Yamaguchi Area Pass

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  • Spend 5 days exploring Okayama, Hiroshima, and Yamaguchi with an unlimited rail and bus pass.
  • Board the the famed Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train in Japan to take advantage of up to 6 reserved seats without the hassle of making reservations.
  • Save money by taking unlimited rides on express trains, special rapid services, local trains on the JR West Conventional lines, Chugoku JR route buses, and the luxurious Hello Kitty Shinkansen.
  • Use the pass to take the JR West Miyajima Ferry to Miyajima Island and enjoy the stunning views.
  • Visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum to honor the victims of the atomic blast and wander through the city's gorgeous Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park nearby.
  • Tour the lovely Japanese gardens in Yamaguchi City, which date back to the 15th century. The Rurikoji Temple, one of the most stunning temples in Japan, is among the city's other attractions.
  • Explore Okayama Castle, a magnificent example of feudal-era architecture, and Korakuen Garden, one of Japan's Three Great Gardens.

Inclusions

  • 5-day unlimited travel in the Okayama-Hiroshima-Yamaguchi area
  • Reserved and non-reserved seats on the following JR-West Conventional lines:

  • Access to Jr West Miyajima ferry (Miyajimaguchi - Miyajima)
  • Access to some Chugoku JR route buses
  • Access to EKIRIN rent-a-cycle shop

Exclusions

  • Bullet train Sanyo Shinkansen (Shin-Osaka - Okayama)
  • Conventional lines on Kyushu Island
  • Attraction tickets
  • Click here to know more about the train routes.
  • This pass is valid only for non-Japanese passport holders, with a visa stamp saying 'Temporary Visitor' on the passport that you can secure at immigration.
  • The experience is restricted for guests who are Japanese passport holders or non-Japanese passport holders with permanent residence in Japan.
  • Free cancellation anytime before the start of your experience
  • These tickets are valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.
Japan Rail PassJR Hokkaido Pass

Explore Hokkaido Hassle-Free | Your A-Z JR Hokkaido Pass Guide

Getting around Hokkaido, Japan's second-largest and northernmost island, can be tricky and costly if you’re not planning carefully. With the Japan Rail (JR) Hokkaido Pass, you unlock a convenient and cost-effective travel solution that grants you access to an extensive network of trains operated by Japan Rail Hokkaido (JR Hokkaido), including bullet trains, express trains, and local lines. 

Read on to explore the different JR Hokkaido Pass options and find the perfect fit for your dream Hokkaido itinerary.

Navigate your JR Hokkaido Pass guide

  1. What is the JR Hokkaido Pass?
  2. Why get the JR Hokkaido Pass?
  3. Things to know before booking your JR Hokkaido Pass
  4. Your JR Hokkaido Pass options
  5. JR Hokkaido Pass: Region covered
  6. Areas covered by the JR Hokkaido Pass
  7. What rail lines are covered with my Japan Rail Hokkaido Pass? Is the Shinkansen included?
  8. How to buy & activate a JR Hokkaido Pass
  9. Reserving your seats with the JR Hokkaido Pass
  10. Top sights & things to do in Hokkaido
  11. Visit Hokkaido with your JR Hokkaido Pass: Your itinerary
  12. Frequently asked questions about the Japan Rail Hokkaido Pass

What is the JR Hokkaido Pass?

The JR Hokkaido Pass is a discounted rail pass exclusively for foreign visitors. It grants unlimited travel on JR Hokkaido trains (except the bullet train) for a set number of consecutive days, making it an affordable way to explore the entire island, from bustling Sapporo to scenic train stations like Asahikawa.

Things to know before booking your JR Hokkaido Pass

  • The JR Hokkaido Pass grants access to JR Hokkaido trains throughout Hokkaido (excluding Shinkansen bullet trains). 
  • The pass comes in 3 options: 5 days, 7 days, or 10 days of consecutive travel. Select the duration that best suits your exploration timeframe. 
  • There are no blackout dates for the JR Hokkaido Pass
  • Children aged twelve and above are considered adults. A maximum of two infants who are five years of age or younger may be accompanied free of charge by an adult or child pass holder. There will be extra charges incurred for more than two infants accompanying the pass holder.
  • Choose your desired activation date within the pass's validity period.
  • The passes are not valid on buses, non-JR trains, or other non-JR Hokkaido-operated transportation.
  • As long as it remains valid, you can use this pass as often as you like. It only needs to be activated once at the beginning. It is not required to have it stamped at every station.
  • The pass can be used unlimited times, provided it is used during its allotted time of validity.
  • Passholders are required to always have their passports on them for verification.
  • Passes are only available to foreign tourists visiting Japan on a temporary visa.
  • Hokkaido boasts distinct seasons. Winter offers skiing/snowboarding, spring bursts with flowers, summer provides outdoor activities, and autumn showcases fiery landscapes. Choose the time  to visit that suits your interests. 

Your JR Hokkaido Pass options

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Hokkaido 5-Day Rail Pass

Experience Hokkaido's must-sees, like Hakodate, Sapporo, Otaru, Furano, Asahikawa, and Wakkanai, in a flash! This pass is ideal for travelers with a shorter itinerary who want to experience the highlights of Hokkaido without sacrificing efficiency.

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Hokkaido 7-Day Rail Pass

Explore Hokkaido at your own pace with the 7-Day JR Hokkaido Rail Pass! Witness the playful antics of the red pandas at Asahikawa's Asahiyama Zoo, then journey deeper into Hokkaido's natural wonders. The pass grants you access to JR Hokkaido trains, making it a breeze to reach the inner corners of Hakodate, Sapporo, Otaru, Furano, Asahikawa, and Wakkanai.

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Hokkaido 10-Day Rail Pass

Unwind and truly soak yourself in the magic of Hokkaido, with options like Hakodate, Sapporo, Otaru, Furano, Asahikawa, and Wakkanai, with the 10-Day JR Hokkaido Rail Pass! This extended pass grants a full 10 consecutive days of JR Hokkaido train travel, the perfect amount of time to delve into hidden gems. You’ll leave knowing Hokkaido like the back of your hand.

Japan Rail Hokkaido Pass: Region covered

Areas covered by the JR Hokkaido Pass

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Hakodate

Hakodate's historic district dates back to the late 19th century, when it was a major trading port. Today, you can wander the gaslit streets and imagine the bustling port activity of the past. Savor fresh seafood and take in views from Mount Hakodate.

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Sapporo

Hokkaido's dynamic capital, Sapporo, pulsates with energy. Explore Susukino's neon-lit streets, indulge in world-class ramen, and visit the iconic Sapporo Beer Museum. 

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Otaru

Discover the picturesque charm of Otaru, a port city famed for its historic canals lined with charming shops and delicious seafood restaurants. Take a romantic stroll or a scenic gondola ride through this enchanting port city.

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Furano

Walk amongst sprawling lavender fields in bloom during summer. Did you know? Furano is not only famous for lavender, but it's also the carrot capital of Japan, producing more carrots than anywhere else in the country!

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Asahikawa

Home to the acclaimed Asahiyama Zoo, you can observe polar bears and a plethora of arctic animals. The zoo is also home to a plethora of arctic animals like Amur tigers, snow owls, and penguins.

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Wakkanai

Journey to the remote charm of Wakkanai, Hokkaido's northernmost city. Explore its pristine coastlines, spot playful seals basking on the shores, and delve into its rich maritime heritage.

What rail lines are covered with my Japan Rail Hokkaido Pass? Is the Shinkansen included?

The JR Hokkaido Pass is specifically designed for travel on JR Hokkaido trains, granting you access to explore the wonders within Hokkaido itself. This includes popular routes like Sapporo-Noboribetsu and Sapporo-Furano, allowing you to seamlessly travel between these destinations.

It's important to note that the JR Hokkaido Pass excludes travel on Shinkansen bullet trains. In Hokkaido, the Shinkansen network is currently limited to the southern tip, connecting Hokkaido to Honshu, Japan's main island. This means the JR Hokkaido Pass won't cover travel within Hokkaido on the Shinkansen, but it grants extensive access to JR Hokkaido trains throughout the island for a fulfilling exploration experience.

How to buy & activate a JR Hokkaido Pass

The Japan Rail Hokkaido Pass opens the door to an unforgettable exploration of Hokkaido. Here's a breakdown of the process to acquire and activate your pass:

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Purchase your JR Hokkaido Pass

Complete your JR Hokkaido Pass purchase online, selecting your desired validity period (5, 7, or 10 days).  You will receive an exchange order (voucher) via email after your purchase is complete.

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Find a JR office

Locate a JR Information Desk or JR Travel Service Center at any major JR Hokkaido Station (e.g., Sapporo Station).

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Trade your exchange order

Present your passport, exchange order, and other necessary documents. The JR staff will verify your documents and activate your pass for your chosen validity period.

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Ready to explore

Once your pass is activated, you can begin your adventure.

Major JR Hokkaido Pass activation stations:

  • Sapporo Station: JR Information Desk (open 8:30am to 7pm) or JR Travel Service Center (Twinkle Plaza) Sapporo Branch (operating hours may vary).
  • New Chitose Airport Station: JR Information Center (open varying hours).
  • Other Major Stations: Major JR Hokkaido stations will typically have a dedicated JR Information Desk or office to assist with pass activation.

Reserving your seats with the JR Hokkaido Pass

While reservation isn’t necessary, should you wish to opt for it, here are the necessary steps:

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At the offices:

  • Visit the JR Hokkaido Reservation Office (Midori no Madoguchi), located in major stations like Sapporo or New Chitose Airport.
  • Inform staff of your desired travel date, route, and preferred train (if applicable).
  • They will check availability and process your reservation upon confirmation. You may need to pay a small reservation fee.

Utilize reservation machines:

  • Look for designated "Reserved Seat Ticket Vending Machines" at major JR Hokkaido stations.
  • These machines offer a user-friendly interface (often with multi-language options) to reserve seats with your Hokkaido Rail Pass.
  • Have your Hokkaido Rail Pass ready and follow the on-screen instructions to select your desired travel date, route, and train.

Visit Hokkaido with your JR Hokkaido Pass: Your itinerary

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5-Day Hokkaido adventure:

  • Day 1

Arrive in Sapporo, check into your hotel, and explore the lively Susukino district for dinner.

  • Day 2

Visit the Sapporo Beer Museum and Odori Park. In the afternoon, take the train to Hakodate, which takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes. Explore the Motomachi district and enjoy the Hakodate Millions Night View from Mount Hakodate.

  • Day 3

In the morning, take a train back to Sapporo (1 hour, 30 minutes) and head to Otaru (30 minutes). Stroll along the picturesque Otaru Canal, shop for local crafts on Sakaimachi Street, and visit the Otaru Music Box Museum

  • Day 4

Go on a 1 hour 15 minutes train ride to Noboribetsu and spend the day relaxing in the onsens, or therapeutic hot springs. Explore the dramatic Jigokudani geothermal landscape.

  • Day 5

Relax and enjoy the onsen experience in Noboribetsu. In the afternoon, return to Sapporo by train and depart from Hokkaido.

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7-Day Hokkaido exploring:

(Days 1-3) You can follow the same itinerary for Sapporo, Hakodate, and Otaru as before.

  • Day 4

Travel to Asahikawa, which takes around 2 hours and 40 minutes, and visit the renowned Asahiyama Zoo, known for its innovative animal enclosures.

  • Day 5

It takes 1 hour 40 minutes to get to Biei by train. Explore the picturesque Biei and Furano region, known for its stunning lavender fields in summer (timing permitting), and visit the Blue Pond. In the afternoon, travel to Furano (30 minutes).

  • Day 6

Enjoy scenic hikes or other outdoor activities in the Furano area. In the afternoon, return to Sapporo by train via Asahikawa; the total travel time is 4 hours and 10 minutes. 

  • Day 7

Spend the morning exploring additional sights in Sapporo or visit the nearby Jozankei Hot Springs for a final soak before departing Hokkaido.

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10-Day Hokkaido adventure & leisure:

Take the itinerary for Sapporo, Hakodate, Otaru, and Asahikawa listed for days 1-4.

  • Day 5

Take the train to Lake Toya, a stunning caldera lake home to hot spring resorts.

  • Day 6

Embark on a thrilling hike up Mount Toya Usu, Hokkaido's youngest peak with an active crater, or relax and soak in the onsen at your hotel.

  • Day 7 & 8

Travel for 4 hours and 30 minutes to Shiretoko National Park, where you can pick up your adventure. Go wildlife watching via boat tour or embark on a challenging yet rewarding hike through the pristine wilderness. Consider staying overnight at Shiretoko National Park.

  • Day 9

Relax and enjoy the natural beauty of Shiretoko National Park. Travel back to Sapporo by train in the afternoon, approximately 7 hours total, which includes transfers.

  • Day 10

Spend the morning exploring additional sights in Sapporo or visit the nearby Jozankei Hot Springs for a final soak before departing Hokkaido.

Frequently asked questions about the Japan Rail Hokkaido Pass

What’s the Hokkaido JR Pass and what does it cover?

The Hokkaido JR Pass is a special rail pass designed for foreign visitors to Japan that grants unlimited travel on JR Hokkaido trains (excluding Shinkansen bullet trains) throughout Hokkaido for a set period (5, 7, or 10 consecutive days). It's a fantastic way to explore Hokkaido's cities, towns, and natural wonders conveniently and cost-effectively.

What are the different types of Hokkaido JR Passes available?

The Hokkaido JR Pass comes in 3 durations: 5-day, 7-day, and 10-day passes to suit your exploration timeframe.

Is the Hokkaido JR Pass really worth it?

Absolutely! If you plan on exploring multiple destinations within Hokkaido using JR Hokkaido trains, the JR Pass offers significant savings compared to purchasing individual train tickets. It's especially worthwhile for longer trips or those covering wider areas.

Who should get the Hokkaido JR Pass?

The Hokkaido JR Pass is a perfect fit for budget travelers, adventurers, and independent explorers. Budget travelers can maximize their travel expenses with unlimited rides. Adventurers can explore Hokkaido's diverse landscapes seamlessly using JR trains. Independent travelers can design their itinerary and travel freely, hopping on and off trains as they explore.

Where can I go with the Hokkaido JR Pass?

The JR Hokkaido Pass lets you explore Hokkaido's bustling cities, charming towns, picturesque canals, and beautiful natural attractions. Relax and enjoy rejuvenating hot spring resorts, encounter diverse wildlife at Asahiyama Zoo, and witness the vibrant tapestry of Biei and Furano.

Do I need to make seat reservations with the Hokkaido JR Pass?

While the JR Pass grants unlimited rides, seat reservations are recommended, especially on popular routes or during peak travel times. This ensures a comfortable journey with a guaranteed seat. Reservations can be made at JR Hokkaido stations, online (for specific JR Hokkaido trains with some passes), or through designated reservation machines at major stations.

What’s not covered by the Hokkaido JR Pass?

The JR Hokkaido Pass excludes travel on Shinkansen bullet trains (e.g., between Sapporo and Hakodate) and non-JR Hokkaido bus routes or local transportation options. Consider these additional costs when planning your trip.

What happens if I lose my Hokkaido JR Pass?

Unfortunately, lost JR Passes cannot be replaced or refunded. Be sure to keep your pass safe and readily accessible during your travels.

Is the Hokkaido JR Pass easy to use?

Absolutely! The Hokkaido JR Pass is designed for ease of use. Once activated, simply present your pass to train staff whenever requested during your travels across Hokkaido. With clear signage and helpful staff at stations, navigating the JR Hokkaido network is a breeze.