All Shikoku Rail Pass. The best deal to visit Shikoku and covers all train services in Shikoku.

At Matsuyama castle. Plum trees were blooming.

All Shikoku Rail Pass is only deals that is provided by JR Shikoku. It covers all railway services in Shikoku. If you plan to visit Shikoku but JR pass is too much, this deals may be your perfect choice.

In this post, I would like to share the information about All Shikoku Rail Pass.

Prices and valid period

Pass Purchase outside Japan Purchase in Japan
Adult Child Adult Child
2 days 7,400 3,700 7,900 3,950
3 days 8,500 4,250 9,000 4,500
4 days 9,400 4,700 9,900 4,950
5 days 10,000 5,000 10,500 5,250

Child rate is applied to 6 to 11 years old. Child who is 5 years old and younger is free but you have to share the seat with child. If you want to have a seat for child too, you have to purchase child pass for even younger than 5 years old.

One day means midnight to midnight, technically 0:00 to 23:59. Even if you start using the pass at 23:00. you will spend one full day for just one hour. So try to start in the morning. It does not make sense to start to use in the evening.

How to purchase All Shikoku Rail Pass

If you want to save your cost, try to purchase it at local travel agency. You can find the list of travel agencies at the official site:
JR Shikoku official site, All Shikoku Rail Pass Partner Travel Agencies

Online purchase is not basically available. If you cannot purchase it from the travel agency before you come to Shikoku, you have to purchase in Japan. Price is slightly higher than oversea purchase price. You can purchase this pass at major stations in Shikoku or JR Shikoku Umeda branch in Osaka. Please see the official site in the link below to find the sales location:
JR Shikoku official site

You also can find some benefit of All Shikoku Rail Pass in the link above.

Coverage Area

Oboke gorge

This pass covers four prefectures in Shikoku. Those are Kagawa, Ehime, Tokushima and Kochi. Those following major spots are in the coverage area.

  • Takamatsu
  • Tokushima
  • Naruto
  • Oboke
  • Kochi
  • Matsuyama
  • Uwajima
  • Kotohira
  • Marugame

Valid trains and lines

Ordinary class interior of Limited Express Shiokaze and Ishizuchi running between Takamatsu/Okayama and Matsuyama

All Shikoku Rail Pass covers all train services in Shikoku. This pass covers reserved seat and non reserved seat on all JR trains in Shikoku. And most of JR deals cover only JR train services but All Shikoku Rail Pass covers even Non JR train services in Shikoku too. That is why this pass is called “All Shikoku Rail Pass”.

The following Non JR train services are covered by this pass:

  • Kotoden line (Takamatsu city, Kotohira)
  • Iyotetsu line (Matsuyama city, Dogo Onsen)
  • Tosaden traffic (Tram service in Kochi city)
  • Tosa Kuroshio Railway, Nakamura-Sukumo line (Kubokawa – Sukumo)
  • Tosa Kuroshio Railway, Gomen-Nahari line (Gomen – Nahari)
  • Asa Kaigan Railway, Asato line (Kaifu – Kannoura)
Tosaden Traffic operates tram service in Kochi city.

Shikoku is connected with mainland of Japan by Seto-Ohashi bridge. The border station is Kojima that is located in Okayama prefecture at mainland side. All part of Seto-Ohashi bridge is in coverage area of All Shikoku Rail Pass.

Compare single fare and All Shikoku Rail Pass

Limited Express trains at Kochi station

When you think about purchasing this deal, you need to know that it is worth using in your plan. I show you some sample rates. If total fares in your plan reach 7,400 yen, you can go for 2 days pass.
*All rates are based on base fare and reserved seat limited express supplement in regular season.

From Takamatsu

Destination Total fare
Matsuyama 6,190
Imabari 5,100
Kochi 5,430
Oboke 3,510
Tokushima 3,160
Mugi 5,100
Uwajima 8,140

From Matsuyama

Destination Total fare
Takamatsu 6,190
Imabari 2,220
Uwajima 3,510

From Kochi

Destination Total fare
Takamatsu 5,430
Oboke 2,980
Nakamura 4,870
Sukumo 5,590

From Tokushima

Destination Total fare
Takamatsu 3,160
Naruto 360
Local train
Awa-Ikeda 2,720
Mugi 3,160
Kaifu 3,340

Fares for Kotoden Railway line

Base fare is from 190 yen to 700 yen by distance.

Fares for Iyotetsu Railway line

Base fare is from 160 yen to 620 yen by distance.

Fares for Tosaden Traffic

Base fare is from 190 yen to 700 yen by distance.

Fares for Tosa Kuroshio Railway Gomen-Nahari line

Base fare is from 210 yen to 1,070 yen by distance.

Fares for Asa Kaigan Railway, Asato line

Base fare is from 210 yen to 270 yen by distance.

Use All Shikoku Rail Pass with other JR West deals

If you fly in and out by flight in Shikoku directly, you can use this pass only. But most of you take train via Okayama and Kojima through Seto Ohashi bridge. In this case, you may use Kansai Wide Area Pass, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass, Sanyo Sanin Area Pass with All Shikoku Rail Pass. You can get the coverage to Kojima by these deals from Osaka, Hiroshima and/or Hakata.
Kansai Wide Area Pass
Kansahi Hiroshima Area Pass
Sanyo Sanin Area Pass

Assessment

If you are sure that you will visit either Matsuyama or Kochi, you can get the worth of 2 days pass very easily. Please see the fare table above. One way fare to Matsuyama from Takamatsu is 6,190 yen. One way fare to Kochi is 5,430 yen. It is much more than half amount of 2 days pass. So if you have round trip to one of these cities, even 4 days pass is worth using.

Please try to find the best deal for your trip and save your cost to stay in Japan!

2 thoughts on “All Shikoku Rail Pass. The best deal to visit Shikoku and covers all train services in Shikoku.”

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    Thinking of trying catch both the Iyonada Monogatari and Shiman Torokko on the same weekend, in July. Do you think it is possible. Start Matsuyama to Yawatahama on Saturday, train to Uwajima, then Uwajima to Kubokawa on the Sunday?

    1. Hi Dwayne,

      You can make it easily. The only issue is Iyonada’s popularity. It is very popular and it may be hard to get a seat. There is no ways to book online before you reach Japan. You have to make it after you arrive in Japan.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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