When purchasing/receiving a Kansai Area Pass, vouchers for the Kyoto City Subway, Keihan Railway, and Hankyu Railway will also be provided.
For more information on using Kyoto City Subway, Keihan Railway, and Hankyu Railway, please click here.
Express Trains Haruka, Kuroshio, Thunderbird, Kounotori, and Super Hakuto (Kyoto to/from Kamigori).
The Japan Rail West Pass is a convenient and cost-effective travel option for non-Japanese passport holders exploring the wonders of Western Japan. With unlimited access to JR trains in the region, including iconic cities like Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and more, travelers can seamlessly experience the rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cityscapes of Western Japan.
Obtaining a JR West Pass offers numerous compelling reasons for travelers planning to explore Western Japan:
The JR West Pass allows you to view some breathtaking sites in Japan.
Meet the friendly deers roaming freely at Nara Park, as you head to Todai-ji Temple. Inside stands the Daibutsu, Japan's largest bronze Buddha statue, symbolizing profound serenity.
Experience the life of a monk at this renowned mountain famous for its temple lodging. Perched on an 800-meter-high plateau nestled among the mountain’s eight peaks. You'll discover the essence of Japanese culture and the headquarters of the Kōyasan sect of Shingon Buddhism.
Delight in the beauty of Korakuen Garden, one of Japan's "Three Great Gardens," reflecting meticulous landscape design. Marvel at Okayama Castle, an emblem of the city's historical heritage.
Experience the poignant history of Hiroshima at the Peace Memorial Park and Museum, and pay tribute to the memory of the atomic bomb's impact while celebrating the city's enduring hope for peace.
Journey to Miyajima Island, home to the iconic Itsukushima Shrine and its famous "floating" torii gate. Hike Mount Misen for breathtaking panoramic views of the Seto Inland Sea.
Embrace the charm of Kyoto's ancient temples like Kiyomizu-Dera and the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, offering a glimpse into traditional Japanese culture and scenic serenity.
Cherish the stunning waterfront scenery of Kobe Harborland, featuring trendy shops and gourmet delights, and savor some world-renowned Kobe beef, a must-try culinary delicacy for meat lovers.
Take a dip in the therapeutic hot springs of Kinosaki Onsen, nestled amidst picturesque willow-lined streets. Experience Japanese hospitality at its finest, all while donning a yukata and exploring the charming town.
JR West Passes can be purchased online through the official JR West website or authorized travel agencies before arriving in Japan.
Yes, JR West Passes can be purchased online. Online booking often provides exclusive discounts, making it a cost-effective choice. Moreover, it allows for easy cancellations and modifications, granting flexibility in travel plans.
JR West offers various pass types with different durations, such as Kansai Area Pass, Sanyo-San'in Area Pass, and Kansai Wide Area Pass and many more.
You can always book JR West Passes online to get the best deals and discounts.
The JR West Pass provides unlimited travel on JR trains, buses, and some ferries in the designated area, connecting you to most regions in the west. Moreover, iconic attractions have a tie-up with JR Pass, providing discounted rates to JR Pass holders, making exploration seamless.
After arriving in Japan, exchange your e-voucher for the JR West Pass at designated JR West offices or exchange counters in major stations.
JR West Passes once collected cannot be canceled. However, unissued JR West Passes can be refunded before the first day of validity, subject to a cancellation fee.
Only non-Japanese passport holders with a "Temporary Visitor" visa status are eligible to purchase JR West Passes.
The JR West Pass offers consecutive day travel within the designated area, with different pass durations available.
Children aged 5 and under can travel for free if they do not occupy a seat. Children aged 6 to 11 receive discounted child passes.
The JR West Pass allows unlimited travel in standard-class cars but does not cover first-class seats. You can upgrade your pass for the Green Car (first-class) at an extra cost.
The validity start date cannot be changed after the pass is exchanged. However, the exchange date can be modified before the first day of validity i.e before exchanging the voucher for a pass.
Yes, you can change trains within the same route and class once, before the departure of either of the trains. Please visit the ticket counter to adjust your reservation.
Most train stations have English signage, and you can also use navigation apps like Google Maps to find directions.
The train timetables are usually available at stations, and you can also check them online on the official JR-West website.