Your Japan Transport Pass Guide To Osaka, Kyoto, Nara And Kobe

Discover the Kansai region the way that suits your plans best

Photos: Klook

Aside from Tokyo, the Kansai region is easily one of the most-visited places in Japan! Home to ultra-popular cities like OsakaKyoto, Nara and Kobe with plenty of excitement, yummy food, and beautiful sights to see, it’s no wonder Kansai is a huge must-visit spot.

A popular travel route in Kansai typically involves the usual suspects – Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe – but many visitors also like to include certain further destinations into their itinerary. The big question is, which Kansai transport pass should you get? Read the breakdown of each transport pass below to find the perfect one for you!

Pro-tip: Make sure to also read up on the differences between ICOCA, Kansai Thru Pass & Osaka Amazing Pass.

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2. JR Kansai WIDE Area Pass

The 5 Day JR Kansai WIDE Area Pass is eligible only for foreign visitors to Japan. With this transport pass, you can get unlimited travels on specified trains and bus lines for 5 days within the designated Kansai area. It’s also inclusive of unlimited travels on the Sanyo Shinkansen and can be used for non-reserved seats on the Hello Kitty Shinkansen!

Valid on:

  • Non-reserved seats on Sanyo Shinkansen (Shin-Osaka to/from Okayama)
  • Non-reserved seats on Express Trains Haruka, Kuroshio, Thunderbird, Kounotori, and Super Hakuto (Kyoto to/from Kamigori)
  • Special Rapid Services, Rapid Services, and local trains on JR-West Conventional Lines
  • Kyoto Tango Railway, Wakayama Electric Railway, the San’in Main Line between Hamasaka and Tottori, and West JR Bus services within the area

Not valid on:

  • Tokaido Shinkansen (Shin-Osaka to/from Tokyo)
  • Sanyo Shinkansen (Okayama to/from Hakata)
  • Kyushu Shinkansen (Hakata to/from Kagoshima-Chuo)

How to use: Purchase your JR Kansai WIDE Area Pass from Klook. When in Japan, show your passport and Klook e-voucher to collect your rail pass. After collection, you may access unlimited journeys within the validity date and valid area. Please present your passport to the station staff when using your rail pass.

Cities covered: Extensive areas in Kansai region – Kansai International Airport, Universal City Station, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Himeji, Wakayama, Kinosaki Onsen, Koyasan, Kurashiki, Shirahama, Takamatsu in Shikoku, and more. Refer to JR Kansai WIDE train route map for more details.

Who is it for?
The JR Kansai WIDE Area Pass is great if you want to explore the Kansai region extensively, especially if you want to add on to your Osaka-Kyoto-Nara-Kobe route with a further trip to Kinosaki Onsen, Okayama, the Kumano Region and more.

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