Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass. Perfect deal for the traveller who wants travel both Kansai and Hiroshima.

The landmarks . Tsutenkaku tower (Osaka/left) and Atomic Bomb Dome (Hiroshima/right)  ©JNTO (Osaka/left) / ©Hiroshima Convention & Visitors Bureau (Hiroshima/right)
The landmarks . Tsutenkaku tower (Osaka/left) and Atomic Bomb Dome (Hiroshima/right) ©JNTO (Osaka/left) / ©Hiroshima Convention & Visitors Bureau (Hiroshima/right)

Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass is one of JR West’s new products that was introduced in March, 2015. This is the first ever deal that covers Kansai area (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe) and Hiroshima area. At this point, we have to choose the deal from very limited selections, Kansai Wide Area Pass or Sanyo Area Pass. We have to pay extra if we use Kansai Wide Area Pass. Sanyo Area Pass is too much and it does not include outside Kansai area, like Kii peninsula and Kinosaki Onsen. This pass will be the One for the traveller who travel both Kansai and Hiroshima. It is cheaper than Sanyo Area Pass. And it is wider coverage area than Kansai Wide Area Pass.

I believe this pass will be very popular. I am very excited to show you this pass in this post.

*The information in this article is current at the time of writing.

Coverage Area

Coverage area of Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass (Click to enlarge)
Coverage area of Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass (Click to enlarge)

This pass covers whole part of Kansai area, such as Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Kansai Airport, Himeji and Wakayama. And it includes Sanyo Shinkansen between Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima. And also this pass includes conventional lines to Takamatsu in Shikoku, Kinosaki Onsen, Shirahama and Shingu in Kii peninsula, Hikone and Tsuruga too. Of course you can access Himeji, Okayama, Kurashiki, Onomichi, Miyajima and Iwakuni too. The coverage area is smaller than Sanyo Area Pass, but it is cheaper. And Sanyo Area Pass does not include Kinosaki, Takamatsu, Hikone, Kii area. This pass is so useful and versatile. This pass makes your stay in Kansai area be much more interesting!

If you need an access to Hakata, Yamaguchi or Sanin area, Sanyo Sanin Area Pass is sutaible. But it does not include Kinosaki and Kii area. JR West will also release Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass too. If you need an access to Hiroshima from Hakata side, this pass will be suitable for you.

Other part of Japan, such as Hokkaido, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kanazawa, Takayama, most part of Shikoku and Kyushu are not covered by this Pass. So if you intend to travel throughout Japan or travel to Tokyo, Hokkaido or Kyushu, Japan Rail Pass is maybe more suitable for you.
*Osaka – Tokyo one way trip is not enough to use JR Pass. Please see the the post, Japan Rail Pass user guide. How to use JR Pass to its maximum.

Valid trains, bus services, routes and class

Kyushu Shinkansen Sakura and Mizuho give you direct trainsfer to Shin-Osaka from Kyusyu.
Both Mizuho and Nozomi on Sanyo Shinkansen are covered by this deal.

All daytime trains in coverage area are covered. But reserved seat fee is NOT included as well. You have to take non reserved ordinary seat. Most of limited express and Shinkansen trains have non reserved seat. And Green seat is not covered fully either. If you want to take Green seat, this pass covers base fare only. You have to full of surcharge and Green seat fare.

Overnight option is not available in the coverage area. There are two overnight trains, Sunrise Izumo and Sunrise Seto are depart/arrive in the coverage area. But these trains run to Tokyo. You cannot stay overnight in the coverage ares by this pass.

Miyajima ferry is also covered. You have no problem to access to very popular World Heritage Miyajima.

As of mid April 2017, this pass started to cover JR bus in Kyoto, Fukui and Hiroshima. In Hiroshima, there are some bus routes which are covered by this pass. Especially Hiroshima sightseeing loop bus “Meipuru-pu” is very very useful. You can get most of popular spots in Hiroshima by this bus. Please see the link below:

Hiroshima sightseeing bus Meipuru-pu

In Kyoto, you can get Ryoan-ji temple, Kitano-Tenmangu shrine, Takao area via Nijo. This pass also covers Obamba to/from Omi-Imazu bus service and Sonobe to/from Fukuchiyama bus service.

This pass also started to cover Kyoto Tango railway as of mid April, 2017. You can get Amanohashidate, Miyazu without any extra charge.

When you use this deal, there are a few exceptions. You have to know that before you choose this deal. Please see the below to get the detailed information.

Tokaido Shinkansen among Maibara, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka

Even though it is in the coverage area, you cannot take Shinkansen train in this segment. Because Tokaido Shinkansen belongs to other JR company, JR Central. It is same JR Group company and many trains go through both areas each other. But technically it is different company. Therefore this deal cannot include this Shinkansen segment. When you depart from Kyoto or Maibara and take Shinkansen, you have to take Special Rapid Service to Shin-Osaka and then transfer to Shinkansen train there.

Price, eligibility and how to purchase

This pass is available for temporary visitor only. If you are resident, you can’t purchase it.

JR West is the first company that has different price tag for same product. Please see the below:

Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass 5 days

Purchase outside Japan or online Purchase inside Japan
Adult 13,500 yen 14,500 yen
Child
(6-11 years old)
6,750 yen 7,250 yen

As you have seen, you can purchase this pass after you arrive in Japan. But you have to pay 1000 yen more.

If you want to purchase this at 13,000 yen, you can purchase it at authorized travel agents or online. You can find the dealers list and exchange location at the link below:

JR West Rail Pass Dealer’s list

You also can purchase this pass online through JR West official site. But at this point, this pass has not been sold yet. You cannot find any links to purchase this pass on JR West website. It will be on sale on 28 days prior to activation day. So if you want to start to use this pass on March 1, 2015, you can purchase it on February 4, 2015.

You can purchase it on the spot if you are okay with spending extra 1,000 yen. Sales location has not been announced yet. It says it will be sold at major stations. But I believe it will be sold at same locations as Sanyo Area Pass sales points or some more locations.

Sanyo Area Pass sales locations (stations) : 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,

Valid period

It is valid for 5 days. One day means midnight to midnight, technically 0:00 to 23:59. So try to start in the morning. It does not make sense to start to use in the evening.

You can purchase this pass only once per visit if you purchase online or inside Japan. If you purchase it at authorized agents outside Japan, you can purchase as many as you want. If you need more coverage, please think about combining with other deals in Kansai area, like Kansai Thru Pass or Kansai Area Pass or pick up other deals, like Japan Rail Pass.

Compare to single fares

Base fare and surcharge for the major segments are the following. Please compare the price of Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass and these fares. If you use Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass, these following fare, both base fare and surcharge, are covered.

*All surcharges in the following table are non reserved seat rate.

Segment Base fare Surcharge
Osaka – Kyoto 560 yen
Osaka – Sannomiya (Kobe) 410 yen
Osaka – Nara 800 yen
Kyoto – Nara 710 yen
Osaka – Himeji 1490 yen 1730 yen
Osaka – Kansai Airport 1190 yen 970 yen
Osaka – Okayama 3020 yen 2480 yen
Osaka – Hiroshima 5620 yen 4090 yen
Osaka – Miyajimaguchi 5940 yen 4090 yen
Hiroshima – Miyajimaguchi 410 yen
Miyajimaguchi – Miyajima (Ferry) 180 yen
Osaka – Kinosaki Onsen 3350 yen 1730 yen
Osaka – Shirahama 3350 yen 1730 yen
Osaka – Shingu 4750 yen 1940 yen

As you see, Osaka-Hiroshima one way fare and surcharge total amount is 9,710 yen. So if you have round trip on this segment, it is pay off easily.

Assessment

I believe this deal will be fit to many traveller’s itinerary who stay in Kansai area. If you have a plan to go to Hiroshima when you stay in Kansai area, this pass is the best choice. Hiroshima can be visited as day trip from Osaka or Kyoto.

Day trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima from Osaka/Kyoto

I strongly recommend you to stay in Kinosaki Onsen and Shirahama. But these destinations can be accessed as day trip too.

There are so many ways to use this deal. I hope you enjoy in Kansai and Hiroshima area by this deal.

305 thoughts on “Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass. Perfect deal for the traveller who wants travel both Kansai and Hiroshima.”

  1. Hi Takeshi,

    Could you kindly provide some advice on my itinerary below?
    21 Apr – Tokyo
    22 Apr – Mt. Mitake
    23 Apr – Mt. Fuji area – Shibazakura Festival, Lake Kawaguchi, Chureito Pagoda
    24 Apr – Disneyland
    25 Apr – Tokyo to Kyoto
    26 Apr – Arashiyama
    27-28 Apr – Kyoto, Kyoto to Osaka
    29 Apr – Miyajima & Hiroshima (Take JR Loop Bus)

    I am not sure will it be more worth it to get a 7-day Nationwide JR Pass or a Kansai-Hiroshima Pass + single ticket from Tokyo to Osaka. What would you recommend instead? Which day would you recommend me to start using the pass?

    Also, the Kansai-Hiroshima Pass allows us to take Nozomi Shinkansen to Hiroshima right? I read from a website that the Kansai-Hiroshima Pass is allowed for local buses in Hiroshima as well. Does this include the Hiroshima JR Loop bus?
    Website link: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_kansai_hiroshima.html

    Thank you for your help.
    Cheers,
    Mie

    1. Hi Mie,

      Single fare for Tokyo to Kyoto is around 14000 yen. So single fare + Kansai Hiroshima pass is slightly cheaper but I recommend you to use JR pass. JR Pass does not cover Nozomi but Kansai Hiroshima area pass does not cover reserved seat fee. Please see the difference between reserved and non reserved in the link below:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/travel-tips/reserved-seat-vs-non-reserved-seat-how-to-get-a-seat-on-non-reserved-car.html

      In my opinion, riding Nozomi is not an issue. You can catch Hikari or Sakura. Especially when you travel between Osaka and Hiroshima, Sakura’s reserved seat is much much better than Nozomi’s reserved / non reserved seat. You cannot take this seat by Kansai Hiroshima area pass. If you pay extra for this seat on top of Kansai Hiroshima area pass, JR pass will be cheaper.

      I recommend you to use JR Pass for the last 7 days of your trip.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi-san,

        Thanks for the recommendation. So I should activate it on the 23 Apr when I am travelling around Mt Fuji area right?

        I am currently having a hard time planning the transportation around the 3 destinations so I would appreciate if you could provide me with some advise. It seems that the easiest to get to the Shibazakura Festival Venue is via the Highway bus from Shinjuku Bus terminal? However, I am not sure how should I travel to the other 2 venues. Can the JR pass be used?

        Do you have a sample itinerary for similar tour?

        Thank you,
        Mie

        1. Hi Mie,

          JR Pass does not help much in Fuji area. Please see the link below:
          http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/how-to-use-japan-rail-pass-to-go-to-mt-fuji.html

          You can take an express bus to Lake Kawaguchi or Shibazakura venue. It’s much easier than access by train. Bus runs very frequently between Lake Kawaguchi and Shibazakura venue. You can take Fuji Kyuko train from Kawaguchiko station (Lake Kawaguchi) to Shimo-Yoshida. Chureito is within walking distance from Shimo-Yoshida. Please see the link below:
          http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6905.html

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

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