Japan Rail West - Kansai WIDE Area Pass

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Have an Unforgettable Journey. Experience Japan by Train with a Japan Rail West Kansai Wide Area Pass


Note: Non Japanese nationals only eligible for this product

This pass is great because...

  • It’s the best way to discover Japan and it’s valid on most Japanese “Bullet Trains”
  • It’s cheaper than two Point to Point tickets
  • You can enjoy unlimited train travel within validity of this pass and the freedom to hop-on/hop-off

Discover the Seat of Japanese Culture with the Japan Rail West Kansai Wide Area Pass

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The island nation of Japan is famous for many things: sushi, mountain scenery, fashion and an appealing mix of modernity and tradition, to name just a few. Travel to this part of the world with a Kansai Wide Area Pass, and you can visit the beautiful Nunobiki Falls in Kobe, marvel at the temples of Kyoto, and brush up on your Japanese history at the museums of Osaka.

Booking your Japan Rail West Kansai Wide Area Pass

The Japan Rail West Kansai Wide Area Pass is available to temporary visitors to Japan who hold a foreign passport. It can be booked quickly and easily through International Rail, and offers 5 days of continuous travel in the Kansai region.

To book an alternative rail pass for Japan, visit our Rail Passes page. You can also book individual train tickets for Japan on our Rail Tickets page.

Using your Japan Rail West Kansai Wide Area Pass

Your Japan Rail West Kansai Wide Area Pass can be used to travel between the cities of Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Himeji, Okayama and Nara. It can be used on the Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train that travels between Shin-Osaka and Okayama, as well as a number of express trains, rapid services and local trains.

Kansai WIDE Area Pass is valid for unlimited travel within the area shown on the map here.

Valid trains are below:

  • Non-reserved seats on Bullet Train "SANYO SHINKANSEN" (Shin-Osaka?Okayama)
  • Non-reserved seats on Express Trains 'HARUKA, KUROSHIO, THUNDERBIRD, KOUNOTORI, SUPER HAKUTO (Kyoto?Kamigori) etc.'
  • Special Rapid Services, Rapid Services, and Local trains on JR-WEST Conventional lines

These trains below cannot be used

  • Bullet Train "TOKAIDO SHINKANSEN" (Shin-Osaka?Tokyo)
  • Bullet Train "SANYO SHINKANSEN" (Okayama?Hakata)
  • Bullet Train "KYUSHU SHINKANSEN" (Hakata?Kagoshima-Chuo)

Who is eligible for a Japan Rail Pass?
You are a foreign tourist visiting Japan from abroad for sight-seeing, under the entry status of "temporary visitor."

"Temporary Visitor"
entry status, according to Japanese Immigration Law, allows a stay in Japan of 15 days or 90 days for "sight-seeing, etc." If you apply for a "stay for sight-seeing" when you enter Japan, entry personnel will stamp your passport as "Temporary Visitor," as shown here. Only people who have a passport bearing this stamp can use a Japan Rail Pass.

CAUTION: Even if you visit Japan with an Exchange Order, to be turned in for a Japan Rail Pass, the exchange cannot be made unless you have "Temporary Visitor" status: if you enter Japan under any other official status, such as "Trainee," "Entertainer," or "Reentry Permit," you cannot change the Exchange Order for a Japan Rail Pass. Please note that according to strict interpretation of the Japanese Immigration Law, "Temporary Visitor" status differs even from other types of stays that are also for only short time periods.

You are a Japanese national living outside of Japan,
a. Who is qualified to live permanently in that country, or
b. Who is married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than Japan.

Note: To purchase an exchange order or redeem your Exchange Order for a Japan Rail Pass, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility as described below.

People meeting condition (a) must provide written proof of the following:
Permanent resident status
Residence outside of Japan

People meeting condition (b) must provide written proof of the following:
Residence outside of Japan.
Marriage to a non-Japanese individual.
Residence of their non-Japanese spouse outside of Japan.
Even if an applicant presents electronic data or other documentation, establishing their compliance with conditions a and b above, the pass may be denied if the clerk is unable to verify that compliance.
Similarly, applicants with dual citizenship in Japan and another country will not be able to turn in their Exchange Order for a Pass if they entered Japan on their Japanese passport.
You cannot purchase a Japan Rail Pass inside of Japan. You must purchase an Exchange Order from an authorised sales office or agent prior to entry.

Validity period of the Order.
An exchange order must be exchanged for a Japan Rail Pass within three months from the date the order was issued.

Japan Rail Pass exchange offices
Exchange for a Pass can be made at one of the folowing applicable JR stations having a Japan Rail Pass exchange office: Kushiro, Obihiro, Asahikawa, Sapporo, New-Chitose Airport, Hakodate, Aomori, Hachinoche, Akita, Sendai, Yamagata, Fukushima, Nigata, Nagano, Kanzawa, Narita Airport Terminal 1, Airport Terminal 2, Tokyo, Ueno, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Shinagawa, Yokohama, Shin-Yokohama, Odawara, Mishima, Shiuoka, Hamamatsu, Nagoya, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka, Osaka, Kansai Airport, Sannomiya, Okayama, Matsue, Hiroshima, Shimonoseki, Takamatsu, Matsuyama, Tokushima, Kokura, Hakata, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Kagoshima-chuo.

Exchange procedure
The signer on the order must apply at a Pass Exchange Office and there present the order with the original passport.
Fill in the application form provided at the office in Japan or in order to speed up this process you can also download the form here and have it ready when you arrive in Japan.
Specify the first date that you wish the pass to start. This can be any date within one month from the issue date.

Any alterations made to the exchange order or pass after the exchange, make the document invalid and non-refundable.

Refund of an Exchange Order
An Exchange Order can be refunded only at the office where it was issued, within one year of the issue date. The refund will be subject to a 15% cancellation charge and relevant administration charges at the time of cancellation.

Refund of a Japan Rail Pass
A pass can be refunded only within a validity period and before the first date of use, at any Japan Rail Pass exchange office. (15% of the price will be charged as a handling fee and also an administration charge). The pass is non-refundable on or after the first date of use.
Duplicate passes and/or Exchange Orders cannot be issued if lost or stolen. Please ensure it's safe keeping.
The Japan Rail Pass is not valid for any seats, reserved or non-reserved, on 'NOZOMI' trains on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines.