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Sanyo Area
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Sanyo map Hakata Kokura Shin-Yamaguchi Miyajima Hiroshima Shin-Onomichi Fukuyama Okayama Himeji Kobe Osaka Kyoto

  • SANYO SHINKANSEN
  • Kansai-airport Express HARUKA
  • ・ Sanyo Area Pass is valid for unlimited travel in the valid area on the map.
  • ・ Valid trains and ferries are below;
  • -  Reserved seats on Kansai-airport Express HARUKA
  • -  Reserved seats on Bullet Train “SANYO SHINKANSEN” (Shin-Osaka⇔Hakata)
  • -  Special Rapid Services, Rapid Services, and Local trains on JR-WEST Conventional lines
  • -  JR-WEST Miyajima Ferry
  • These trains below cannot be used.
    -  Bullet Trains “TOKAIDO SHINKANSEN“(Shin-Osaka⇔Tokyo)
    -  Bullet Trains “KYUSHU SHINKANSEN“(Hakata⇔Kagoshima-Chuo)

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Prices

There are two types of Sanyo Area Pass: 4 days and 8 days.

Fare table

  • ・ Adult: 12 or over 12 years old when an exchange order issued or a rail pass purchased
  • ・ Child: 6-11 years old when an exchange order issued or a rail pass purchased
  • An Adult's or Child's rail pass holder can accompany up to 2 infants (1-5 years old) for free.
  • The infants from the third one will require Child’s rail passes for each.
  • Babies aged under 1 year old can be accompanied for free.
  • Child’s rail passes will be required for each infant in the following situations:
  • 1. When accompanied infants use Reserved seats by themselves
  • 2. When infants travel by themselves

Eligibility

Temporary visitor's visa
  • ・ A rail pass user must be holding a passport issued by a foreign government.
  • ※外国での永住権を持っているお客様を含め、日本国籍のお客様は使用できません。
  • ・ A rail pass user must be entering in Japan as a "Temporary Visitor".
  • "Temporary Visitor" is a status of residence defined under Japanese immigration law.

Purchasing a rail pass

Purchasing Exchange Order through a Travel Agency outside Japan
  • Step 1. Purchase an exchange order (MCO: Miscellaneous Charges Order) at sales locations outside Japan.
  • Sales locations: Click here for details
  • Once issued, MCO must be exchanged in 3 months.
  • Step 2. After entering in Japan, present the MCO with a passport at exchange locations, fill out an application with necessary details, and exchange for Sanyo Area Pass.
  • MCO exchange locations: Kyoto, Shin-Osaka, Osaka, Kansai-airport, Sannomiya, Okayama, Hiroshima, Shimonoseki, Kokura, Hakata
Booking Online and Picking Up at JR-WEST Ticket Office
  • Step 1. Book Sanyo Area Pass online, receive Booking Confirmation e-mail containing reservation number, and print out the e-mail.
  • Step 2. After entering in Japan, fill out an application with necessary details and present these items below at a pick up station;
  • (1) a printout of Booking Confirmation e-mail
  • (2) a passport and a departure card (embarkation card)
  • (3) a return plane/boat ticket (including a printed e-ticket)
  • An e-ticket must be printed out.
  • Pick up station: Kyoto, Shin-Osaka, Osaka,
    Kansai-airport, Hakata
  • Step 3. Pay for Sanyo Area Pass by cash or credit card.
Online special
Stations accepting online reservations
Station Office Hours Station Map
Kyoto 5:30 - 23:00  PDF(66KB)
Shin-Osaka 5:30 - 23:00  PDF(66KB)
Osaka 5:30 - 23:00  PDF(1.89MB)
Kansai-airport 5:30 - 23:00  PDF(239KB)
Hakata 5:30 - 23:00  PDF(65KB)

Click here to book now Sanyo Area Pass

Purchasing at JR-WEST Ticket Office
  • Step 1. After entering in Japan, fill out an application with necessary details and present these items below at sales locations;
  • (1) a passport and a departure card (embarkation card)
  • (2) a return plane/boat ticket (including a printed e-ticket)
  • An e-ticket must be printed out.
  • Sales locations: Kyoto, Ibaraki, Shin-Osaka, Osaka, Kobe, Shin-Kobe, Sannomiya, Nishi-Akashi, Himeji, Nijo, Uji,
    Saga-Arashiyama, Kitashinchi, Kyobashi, Tsuruhashi, Tennoji, Shin-Imamiya, Bentencho, Nishikujo,
    Kansai-airport, Nara, JR-Namba, Okayama, Hiroshima, Shin-Shimonoseki, Shimonoseki, Kokura, Hakata
  • Step 2. Purchase Sanyo Area Pass by cash or credit card.
  • Caution: A Visitor may purchase Sanyo Area Pass ONLY ONCE per visit.
About Credit Card Payment
  • ・ The following credit cards can be accepted as payment at JR-WEST stations.
  • Only the card holder can use the credit card.
Credit Card

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Availability and Use

  • ・ A rail pass is available and usable all year around.
  • ・ A rail pass is purchasable up to 1month in advance of the first day of use.
  • ・ A rail pass is valid for consecutive days.
  • ・ The validity of a rail pass starts from 12 a.m.

Train Accommodations

Sanyo Area Pass is usable.
  Additional separate tickets are required.

  • When additional tickets are required, obtain the tickets at a JR-WEST station before boarding.

Seating types

  • 1 First Class (Green)/Sleeper Tickets and separate Express Tickets are required.
  • 2 Separate Express Tickets are required.
  • 3 Separate Liner Tickets or numbered tickets are required.
  • 4 Only JR-WEST Miyajima Ferry is valid.

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Seat reservations

Obtaining Reserved seat Tickets
  • ・ When using Reserved seats, Reserved seat Tickets must be issued at a JR-WEST station before boarding.
Canceling reservations
  • ・ Seat reservations can be cancelled before the departure time of the reserved train.
Boarding a train without making advance seat reservations
  • ・ Without seat reservations, Non-reserved seats can be used.
  • If there are empty Reserved seats after boarding, the reserved seats can be used as long as there is no operational problem.

Changes

  • ・ The date a rail pass will start to be used from cannot be changed.
  • ・ The duration or the type of a rail pass cannot be changed.

Refunds

  • ・ Refund location: only where a rail pass was issued or exchanged
  • ・ Refund price: the sale price minus a handling fee (10% of the price)
  • No refund will be given if a magnetic ticket is removed from a rail pass book
  • No refund will be given after a rail pass starts to be used or expired
  • No refund will be given due to non-availability of service, delays, or similar issues

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Related information

  • ・ A rail pass is only valid for its rail pass holder only.
  • ・ A passport must be carried when a rail pass is used and presented when a JR staff asks to.
  • ・ A rail pass will be void if the magnetic ticket is detached from a rail pass book.
  • ・ A rail pass will not be reissued even if lost or stolen.
  • ・ Conditions of use for a rail pass are stipulated by JR-WEST's carriage conditions and laws of Japan.
  • ・ Conditions of use for an exchange order are stipulated by regulations and contracts of issuing companies.
  • ・ If any discrepancies arise between the foreign language and Japanese versions of the carriage conditions, the Japanese version has precedence.