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West 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 on 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, the Sanyo Shinkansen (Nozomi Shinkansen, Mizuho Shinkansen, Hikari Shinkansen, Sakura Shinkansen, Kodama Shinkansen), Limited Express trains including the Kansai Airport Express Haruka Train, and 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 trains is free for infants aged 5 years or under if accompanied by an adult with a valid pass or ticket.

7 days

Adults: $146

Children: $73

Western Japan

Discover Western Japan from Kyoto to Fukuoka with the Sanyo Sanin Area Pass.




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 rich simmered pork bone broth.

A charming blend of urbanity and tradition, it's 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, 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

Hiroshima is also often cited for its culinary culture, providing unique interpretations of Japanese street foods, such as okonomiyaki, which often has yakisoba noodles 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


Preparing Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki

Preparing Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki


 Chugoku Area

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


Izumo Shrine in Shimane, Japan

Izumo Shrine in Shimane Prefecture


 Kansai Area


Make sure you don't 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


Kyoto, Japan at night

Kyoto, Japan at night


Conditions of the Sanyo Sanin Area Pass


- The rail pass user must have a passport issued by a foreign government.


- The rail pass user must be enter Japan as a "Temporary Visitor (短期滞在 )".

* "Temporary Visitor" is a status of residence defined under Japanese immigration law.

- Individual customers are not allowed to purchase or exchange more than one of the same ticket for the same usage period.

- You must show your passport in order to receive the pass.


- We will send the e-voucher to your email address within 5 business days of your order. If you want to get it sooner, please contact us. (The e-voucher is NOT the actual ticket, you cannot take trains using the voucher)

- You can print out the e-voucher on paper, or you can simply show the voucher on your mobile device when you exchange it.

You can redeem the voucher for the physical pass in these places. 

  • Kyoto Station, JR WEST,Ticket Office, daily from 6:30 am to 9 pm
  • Fukuchiyama Station, daily from 6:00am to 8:10pm
  • NTA TiS Kyoto Branch, daily from 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00
  • Shin-Osaka Station JR WEST (East exit), Ticket Office, daily from 6:30 am to 10 pm
  • Osaka Station, JR WEST Ticket Office (East exit), daily from 6:30 am to 10 pm
  • Travel Service Center SHIN-OSAKA, daily from 8am to 10pm
  • Kansai Airport Station, Ticket Office, daily from 5:30 am to 11 pm
  • NTA TiS Osaka Branch (Travel Service Center Osaka), daily from 10am to 6pm
  • Sannomiya Station (Kobe), central exit, Ticket Office, daily from 6 am to 10pm
  • NTA TiS Sannomiya Branch, Weekdays 10:30am to 6:30pm, Saturdays and Holidays 10:30am to 6pm
  • Nara Station, Ticket Office, daily from 8 am to 10 pm
  • Wakayama station from 6 am to 9 pm
  • Tottori Station, daily from 6am to 7pm
  • Sakaiminato Station, daily from 9am to 6:30pm
  • Yonago Station, daily from 6:45am to 7:30pm
  • Okayama Station, daily 8am to 8pm
  • Matsue Station, daily from 7 am to 7pm
  • Hiroshima Station, daily from 5:30am to 10pm
  • Shin Yamaguchi Station, daily from 6am to 8pm
  • Shimonoseki Station, daily from 7am to 11am and 3pm to 7pm
  • Kokura Station(JR-West Ticket Office [Shinkansen Gate]), daily from 6am to 10pm
  • Hakata Station(JR-West Ticket Office [Shinkansen Central Gate]), daily from 6am to 10pm

Tickets can also be received at a green ticket-vending machine in JR these stations displaying the mark in the ticket reception station. For how to exchange in machines, please refer here


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 just by showing the pass.
  • 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 and cannot be transferred to someone else.
  • Please always carry your passport when using the pass, as station and train staff may check it.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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 for the pass.
  • A cancellation fee of 15% of the price of the voucher will be retained.
  • No refund is possible for a voucher more than one year after the date of issue.
  • No refund is possible for a lost or stolen pass.

Common Questions