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Japan Rail West - Kansai Area Pass

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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


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  • 1. Description

    Covering a smaller, more specific area of western Japan, this excursion pass allows the visitor to explore the many sightseeing locations of the Kansai Area. This pass can be used for travelling to Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Himeji and other sightseeing places in the Kansai area via local trains i.e. (the rapid service and the new rapid service trains can also be used). Click here to see a map of the area covered by this pass


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  • 2. Eligibility

    So who is eligible for a Japan Rail Pass?

    You're eligible if 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 shownhere. Only people who have a passport bearing this stamp can use a Japan Rail Pass.

    IMPORTANT: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.


    A JR West Rail Pass cannot be issued to a Japanese resident.



  • 3. Eligibility for Saver

    N/A

  • 4. Discount

    Children (6 to 11 years old) receive a discount.



  • 5. Validity

    This pass is available for 1 or 4 days of consecutive travel starting from the first travel date, and allows unlimited use of the Ordinary class cars, including the rapid-service and special rapid-service trains.

    Valid trains are below;
    ‐ Non-reserved seats on Kansai-airport Express HARUKA
    ‐ Special Rapid Services, Rapid Services, and Local trains on JR-WEST Conventional lines

    Separate Express Tickets are required for
    1. Reserved seats on Kansai-airport Express HARUKA
    2. Both Reserved and Non-reserved seats on Express Trains excluding Kansai-airport Express HARUKA

    * Bullet Trains “SHINKANSEN“ cannot be used.




  • 6. Terms and Conditions

    This pass is limited to use only by the registered person. It cannot be turned over to another person. You are required to carry your passport at all times while using the rail pass.
    It can only be refunded at the exchange location prior to the starting date of use. For all refunds within Japan, a processing fee of 10% is deducted from the yen value of each pass. If the amount to be refunded is 210 yen or less however, a minimum fee of 210 yen will be charged. No refund is possible on or after the start date of the pass.
    Any alterations to the exchange order or rail pass render the pass invalid and as such the pass becomes non-refundable.

    Refunds
    Exchange Orders can be refunded by the issuing office, up to one year from issue date. All refunds are subject to a 10% cancellation charge and a small admin fee will be charged in addition to this.
    Duplicate exchange orders and rail passes cannot be issued if lost or stolen.

    Qualifications for purchase
    Persons who have a passport issued by a government or other authority outside Japan, as well as customers who have come to Japan with 'Temporary Visitor' residence status (15-day period of stay). However, persons from countries with visa exemptions such as the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Holland, Switzerland, Sweden and New Zealand can buy the pass even with a 90-day period of stay in Japan.

    A JR West Rail Pass cannot be issued to a Japanese resident.