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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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¥15,000
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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 Kyushu Pass

Explore Kyushu with Ease | Your Ultimate Guide to the JR Kyushu Pass

Traveling through Kyushu, Japan's southernmost and third-largest island, can be a breeze if you’re considering opting for the JR Kyushu Rail Pass. This convenient pass provides unlimited access to JR Kyushu trains, including bullet trains, limited express trains, and local lines. With options catering to different travel styles and durations, the JR Kyushu Rail Pass makes exploring Kyushu at your own pace both affordable and efficient.  

Ready to unlock Kyushu's hidden gems and bustling cities? Dive deeper on this page to know if you should get the JR Kyushu Pass, which one’s perfect for you, and all you can do with the pass. 

Navigate your JR Kyushu Pass guide

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

What is the JR Kyushu Pass?

The JR Kyushu Rail Pass is a discounted travel pass offered by JR Kyushu Railway Company, exclusively for foreign visitors entering Japan with a temporary visitor visa. It lets you travel unlimitedly on a designated network of JR Kyushu trains within Kyushu island, Japan, for a chosen consecutive period of 3, 5 or 7 days. The pass covers the Shinkansen between Hakata - Kumamoto stations and Takeo-onsen - Nagasaki stations, limited express trains, and local JR trains.

Things to know before booking your JR Kyushu Pass

  • Purchase the JR Kyushu Pass online for a hassle-free experience.
  • Passes are only available to foreign tourists visiting Japan on a temporary visa.
  • The passes are not valid on non-JR-operated trains, buses, or transportation modes.
  • The pass must be used within the designated validity period. That means after you’ve activated your JR Pass, you’ll have to use it within the 30-day period for the designated 3, 5, or 7 days. 
  • Activation of the pass must occur within three months of purchase.
  • You must carry your passport at all times for verification.
  • Seat reservations may be required for some trains. You can do this online or at a ticket office. However, it’s recommended that you do it online to avoid last-minute delays and unavailability. 
  • JR Kyushu passes are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Your JR Kyushu Pass options

JR Kyushu Pass

South Kyushu 3-Day Pass

With this pass, you can take unlimited rides in the South Kyushu area for three days, including local, limited express, and Shinkansen trains between Oita and Miyazaki Airport stations, with reserved seats redeemable up to 6 times.

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North Kyushu 3-Day Pass

This pass allows unlimited travel throughout North Kyushu for 3 days, including local, limited express, and Shinkansen trains between Hakata and Beppu stations, with reserved seats redeemable up to 6 times each.

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North Kyushu 5-Day Pass

The North Kyushu 5-Day Pass includes five days of unlimited rides in North Kyushu, including local, limited express, and Shinkansen trains between Hakata and Beppu stations, with reserved seats redeemable up to 6 times.

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All Kyushu Area 3-Day Pass

This pass comes with unlimited rides throughout the entire Kyushu area for three days. This pass can be used on trains in the Kyushu (Hakata-Miyazaki Airport stations) area, including Shimonoseki. Unlimited reserved and unreserved seats in local trains, limited express trains, and Shinkansen between Hakata - Kagoshima-Chuo stations, and Takeo-onsen - Nagasaki stations are included with this all-Kyushu pass.

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All Kyushu Area 5-Day Pass

The ticket provides unlimited rides in the Kyushu area for five days. This pass is valid on trains throughout Kyushu (Hakata-Miyazaki Airport stations), including Shimonoseki. This all-Kyushu pass includes unlimited reserved and unreserved seats on local trains, limited express trains, and Shinkansen between Hakata-Kagoshima-Chuo and Takeo-onsen-Nagasaki stations.

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All Kyushu Area 7-Day Pass

The ticket includes seven days of unrestricted riding throughout the Kyushu area. This pass is applicable on trains in Kyushu (Hakata-Miyazaki Airport stations), including Shimonoseki. This Kyushu pass covers unlimited reserved and unreserved seats on local trains, limited express trains, and the Shinkansen between Hakata-Kagoshima-Chuo and Takeo-onsen-Nagasaki stations.

JR Kyushu Pass: Region covered

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

The JR Kyushu Rail Pass grants access to a vast network of trains operated by the JR Kyushu Railway Company within Kyushu. This includes all JR Kyushu Shinkansen bullet trains including the Hakata - Kagoshima-chuo Kyushu Shinkansen, Takeo-onsen - Nagasaki Nishi Shinkansen, and Kumamoto - Kagoshima-chuo Nishi Shinkansen. You won’t get access to the Sanyo Shinkansen that heads towards Honshu.

Additionally, you can hop on express trains, limited express trains, and local JR Kyushu lines within the designated area of your chosen pass (All Kyushu, Northern Kyushu, or Southern Kyushu).  Don’t forget that the JR Kyushu Rail Pass doesn't cover travel on non-JR Kyushu lines, buses, airplanes, or other transportation methods.

How to buy & activate the JR Kyushu Pass

Buying your JR Kyushu Pass and activating it is fairly simple. Here’s an easy breakdown of the steps:

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Get your voucher

You'll receive your JR Kyushu Rail Pass voucher by email shortly after purchase.

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Head to a redemption counter

Locate a JR Kyushu Rail Pass redemption counter at any JR Kyushu station.

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Exchange your voucher

Present your passport and the e-voucher to the staff at the redemption counter.

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Activate your pass

They'll help you exchange your voucher for a physical JR Kyushu Rail Pass and activate it for your chosen travel dates.

Additional info about booking JR Kyushu Passes:

  • For comfortable travel, especially during busy times of the year, think about booking seats in advance on express and limited express trains. After your pass has been activated, reservations can be made online or at JR Kyushu ticket offices.
  • Passengers holding non-Japanese passports may use this pass. When you travel, please remember to bring your travel documents, such as ID cards and passports with current visas.
  • Only one pass may be reserved per order; kindly reserve passes for each visitor separately.
  • Please enter your name and residential details, along with correct personal information that can be verified against your passport.
  • The day you want to start your Kyushu rail explorations is when you should activate your pass.
Visit Kyushu with your JR Kyushu Pass: Your itinerary

Frequently asked questions about the JR Kyushu Pass

What's the JR Kyushu Pass and what does it cover?

The JR Kyushu Rail Pass is a budget-friendly travel essential designed for foreign visitors exploring Kyushu, Japan's southernmost island. It grants unlimited rides on a vast network of JR Kyushu trains, including bullet trains (except for the Sanyo Shinkansen heading towards Honshu), express trains, limited express trains, and local JR Kyushu lines within your chosen designated area (All Kyushu, Northern Kyushu, or Southern Kyushu). 

Is the JR Kyushu Pass really worth it?

Absolutely! The JR Kyushu Rail Pass is a cost-effective way to explore Kyushu. If you plan on taking multiple train journeys across Kyushu, especially longer distances, the pass can save you significant amounts on transportation costs.  Think of it as unlocking Kyushu's diverse landscapes, charming towns, and bustling cities for one flat fee.

Does the JR Kyushu Pass cover travel to ferries between Kyushu and other islands?

Unfortunately, the JR Kyushu Rail Pass does not cover travel on ferries or other transportation methods outside of the JR Kyushu train network.

Where can I go with the JR Kyushu Pass?

The Kyushu pass unlocks train travel across the entire island, letting you explore a diverse range of destinations. Discover the bustling cityscapes of Fukuoka, delve into the historical richness of Kumamoto, and journey to Nagasaki, a city marked by resilience. Don't miss the  Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima, or  the hot springs in Beppu and Yufuin. This is just a glimpse of the countless Kyushu treasures you can uncover with your JR Kyushu Rail Pass!

What are some popular day trips from major Kyushu cities like Fukuoka or Kagoshima accessible with the JR Kyushu Pass?

Take a day trip to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine from Fukuoka, a significant Shinto shrine, or explore the historical and natural beauty of Yanagawa, a charming canal city. You can witness the majestic Takachiho Gorge from Kagoshima JR, a mystical natural wonder, or embark on a thrilling white-water rafting adventure down the Lower Gokase River.

What's not covered by the JR Kyushu Pass?

The JR Kyushu Rail Pass does not cover travel on non-JR Kyushu lines, buses, airplanes, ferries, or other transportation methods. Additionally, it doesn't include limited express train seat reservations although these can be purchased separately at the JR Pass offices.

What happens if I lose my JR Kyushu Pass?

Unfortunately, lost JR Kyushu Rail Passes cannot be replaced or refunded. It is recommended to safely carry your  JR Kyushu Pass.

Can I get a refund on my JR Kyushu Pass?

JR Kyushu Rail Passes are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Is the JR Kyushu Pass easy to use?

Absolutely! The JR Kyushu Rail Pass is designed for ease of use.  Once activated, simply show your pass to train staff when boarding JR Kyushu trains within your designated area.