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SANYO SANIN Pass


Reach the Chugoku region, from Kyoto and Hiroshima, with West Passes
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The JR Sanyo Sanin Area Pass provides unlimited travel access to JR West lines in Chugoku area and parts of Kansai area for 7 consecutive days.

The train lines included with the JR Sanyo Sanin Area Pass: JR West lines, Sanyo Shinkansen (Nozomi Shinkansen, Mizuho Shinkansen, Hikari Shinkansen, Sakura Shinkansen, Kodama Shinkansen), Limited Express trains including Kansai Airport Express Haruka Train, the JR-WEST Miyajima Ferry.

Pass Usage

The pass allows you to visit the following cities: Kyoto, Kinosaki Onsen, Osaka, Nara, Wakayama, Kobe, Himeji, Okayama, Kurashiki, Takamatsu, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Tottori, Matsue and Hakata (Fukuoka).

A child price (6 to 11 years of age) is available for the Sanyo Sanin Area Pass. Access to rail trains is free for accompanied infants aged 5 years or under.

7 days

Adults: $150

Children: $75

Western Japan

Discover Western Japan from Kyoto to Fukuoka with the Sanyo San'in Area Pass.


Fukuoka

 

The southernmost city covered with the pass is Fukuoka, which will surprise visitors through its unique culture; its harbor area, located opposite Korea, was the center of the first exchanges between Japan and the rest of the Asian continent.

Fukuoka has its share of beautiful shrines and temples for those looking for historic sites. One of the most famous districts of Fukuoka, Hakata, is world-renowned by foodies for its street food and legendary Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen, a local noodle delicacy with a broth made of simmered pork bones.

A charming blend of urbanity and tradition, it is a historic area that is a must-travel.

Night in Fukuoka, Japan

Night in Fukuoka, Japan

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Yatai Stall in Hakata, Fukuoka. Japan

Yatai Stall in Hakata, Fukuoka. Japan

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima, a relatively short Shinkansen ride from Osaka and Kyoto in Kansai, has earned a poignant place in the world's history where the first atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. But this modern city offers more than just memories. With its Peace Memorial Park, it's a city of hope. It offers visitors numerous tourist attractions, including a reconstructed Hiroshima castle and Shukkei-en gardens

Additionally, Hiroshima is often cited for its culinary culture, providing unique interpretations of Japanese street foods, such as Okonomiyaki, which often has yakisoba at the bottom to differentiate it from the more classic Osaka rendition. Oysters are also a famous delicacy of Hiroshima, often eaten raw or in other dishes. Visit this symbolic city of culture and history!

The Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan

The Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan

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Preparing Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki

Preparing Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki

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Area of Chugoku 

The pass also includes places such as Izumi Shrine in ShimaneTottori and its famous sand dunes, Tsuruga in Fukui, known for its great beaches, as well as Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku and Uno stations, both access points to Naoshima art island. This area is easily accessible via train rail from Hiroshima. 

Naoshima Pumpkin by Kusama Yayoi

Naoshima Pumpkin by Kusama Yayoi

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Camel at the sand dunes in Tottori, Japan

Camel at the sand dunes in Tottori, Japan

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Izumo Shrine in Shimane, Japan

Izumo Shrine in Shimane Prefecture

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Area of Kansai 

Make sure you do not miss Korakuen gardens in Okayama, one of Japan's top three gardens. The pass also allows you to use transport between Osaka, Nara and Kyoto, and the Ferry to Miyajima in Hiroshima, where you can admire the famous Torii of Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The JR Sanyo Sanin Area Pass grants access to a very diverse set of destinations accessible via a number of train rail systems including the Sanyo Shinkansen that is serviced via rail trains like the Nozomi Shinkansen, Mizuho Shinkansen, Hikari Shinkansen, Sakura Shinkansen, and Kodama Shinkansen.  

Torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, Japan

Torii gate at Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island, Hiroshima, Japan

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Osaka, Japan

Iconic view of Tsutenaku Tower in Osaka, Japan

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Kyoto, Japan at night

Kyoto, Japan at night

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Conditions of the Sanyo San'in Area Pass

Eligibility

  • Only international tourists who have a temporary visitor entry status for Japan are eligible for this pass.
  • Japanese passport holders can NOT use this pass.

 

Exchange 

  • The MCO (Miscellaneous Charges Order) can be exchanged over a 3-month period.
  • To exchange the voucher (Miscellaneous Charges Order) for the pass you will need your passport.
  • The activation date of the pass, once passes have been obtained, can no longer be changed.

JR Exchange Offices:

  • Kyoto Station, JR WEST (central exit), Ticket Office, daily from 5:30 am to 11 pm.
  • Shin-Osaka Station, JR WEST (East exit), Ticket Office, daily from 5:30 am to 11:30 pm.
  • Osaka Station, JR WEST Ticket Office (East exit), daily from 5:30 am to 11 pm.
  • Kansai Airport Station, Ticket Office, daily from 5:30 am to 11 pm.
  • Sannomiya Station (Kobe), central exit, Ticket Office, daily from 5:30 am to 11 pm.
  • Nara Station, Ticket Office, daily from 9 am to 8 pm.
  • Wakayama Station, Ticket Office, daily from 4.50 am to midnight.
  • Okayama Station, Ticket Office, daily from 7.10 am to 6:30 pm.
  • Sakaiminato Station, Ticket Office, daily from 7:10am to 6:30 pm.
  • Yonago Station, Ticket Office, daily from 5 am to 10 pm.
  • Tottori Station, Ticket Office, daily from 5:45 am to 11 pm.
  • Matsue Station, Ticket Office, daily from 4:50 am to 9:30 pm.
  • Hiroshima Station, Ticket Office, daily from 5:20 am to 11 pm.
  • Shin-Yamaguchi Station, Ticket Office, 5:50 am to 11 pm. 
  • Shimonoseki Station, Ticket Office, daily from 5:30 am to 10:30 pm.
  • Kokura Station, Travel Service Center, daily from 10 am to 7 pm (6 pm on weekends and holidays).
  • Hakata Station, Ticket Office, daily from 7 am to 11 pm. JR Kyushu Travel, weekdays from 10 am to 8 pm, weekends until 6 pm.

Validity

What lines are included with the pass?

  • The Limited Express trains HARUKA (to Kansai Airport), KUROSHIO, THUNDERBIRD, KONOTORI, YAKUMO, HAKUTO (incl. the line between Kamigori and Chizu).
  • Sanyo Shinkansen (trains Nozomi, Mizuho, Hikari, Sakura, Kodama) between Shin-Osaka and Hakata (Fukuoka).
  • Chizukyu Express Line
  • Rapid and local trains of JR West lines.
  • The Chugoku JR Bus from Yamaguchi to Hagi and West JR Bus between Sanobe and Fukuchiyama and Kyoto Station and Takao.  
  • The JR-WEST Miyajima Ferry.
  • Kyoto Tango Railway, for access to Amanohashidate.

What is not included in the pass? 

  • The Pass is not valid on the Tokaido or Kyushu Shinkansen between Shin-Osaka and Kyoto.
  • Please note that this pass cannot be used on expressway buses.

Seat Reservations 

  • With the pass, no additional fee is required for reserved seats.
  • Non-reserved Ordinary class cars can be accessed freely.
  • For reserved first-class seats (Green cars), you will have to pay additional fees.
  • To access the platforms, show your pass to the JR staff located at the platform gates.
  • For a reserved seat, ask the JR staff at the ticket office.
  • It is a personal pass. Please always carry your passport when using the pass as station and train staff may check it.

Cancellation conditions and fees 

  • An unused voucher is refundable for one year from the date of issue.
  • The voucher can be refunded if it has never been exchanged in Japan.
  • cancellation fee of 15% of the value of the voucher will be retained.
  • No refund is possible for a voucher received by us more than one year from the date of issue.
  • A refund is not possible for a lost or stolen voucher.

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