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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7. JR Hokuriku Arch Pass


The Hokuriku Arch Pass is valid only for foreign visitors to Japan which provides unlimited travels on JR trains between Tokyo and Osaka via the Hokuriku route. Slightly cheaper than the Whole Japan Rail Pass, the Hokuriku Arch Pass is a great alternative for visitors looking to travel between Tokyo and the designated Kansai area.

Valid on:

  • Reserved seats on Hokuriku Shinkansen (Tokyo to/from Kanazawa)
  • Reserved seats on the Limited Express, Rapid Services, and JR-West Conventional Lines
  • Non-reserved seats on Haruka and all Tokyo Monorail Lines within the area

Not valid on:

  • Sanyo Shinkansen
  • Tokaido Shinkansen

How to use: Purchase your JR Hokuriku Arch Pass from Klook and receive your Exchange Order either by mail or physical pick up. When in Japan, show your passport and Exchange Order to collect your rail pass. After collection, you may access unlimited rides within the validity period and valid area.

Cities covered: Tokyo, Narita International Ariport, Kansai International Airport, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Fukui, Kanazawa, Toyama, Nagano, Karuizawa, Tennoji and more. Refer to the Hokuriku Arch Pass website for more details.


Who is it for?
The Hokuriku Arch Pass is one you should get if you’re looking to extend your trip around Osaka Kyoto Nara and Kobe to include a roundtrip visit to Tokyo as well. The pass is only valid for the trip between Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka via the Hokuriku region as opposed to the more popular Sanyo/Tokaido Shinkansen.

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