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, 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.

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 learn.

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 13,000 yen 14,000 yen
Child
(6-11 years old)
6,500 yen 7,000 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.

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

  1. Hi Takeshi,
    Hoping you can help me please, my husband and I are going to Japan in May, our itinerary is as follows:
    Narita (as we get in late) 1 night
    Tokyo 3 nights
    Kyoto 1 night
    Hiroshima (& 1/2 day to Miyajima) 1 night
    Osaka 3 nights
    Leave via Kansai.
    Are we better off to get the 7 day JR Rail pass activated after we stay in Narita? or just pay for single tickets Narita – Tokyo, Tokyo – Kyoto, and then get the Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass 5 days the day we leave Kyoto?

    Thank you in advance for your help!
    Alex

    1. Hi Alex,

      Single ticket + Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass may be cheaper than 7 days JR pass. But I recommend you to use JR pass. Because it’s easier to handle. And you can reserve your seat without any extra. If you use Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass, you cannot reserve your seat. You may be get a seat in non reserved car, but it may be stressful.

      And also only JR pass covers loop bus in Hiroshima. It’s small thing but it’s obviously one of the benefits.
      https://www.chugoku-jrbus.co.jp/teikan/meipurupu/en/

      If you use JR pass, you may need to add other deal or single ticket in Tokyo and Kyoto because JR pass does not cover subway and city bus. Please see the links below to find the coverage of JR pass in these cities.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kanto-area/tokyo-kanto-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-tokyo-how-to-choose-the-best-deal-and-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      In Osaka, your JR pass will be expired and you can add other deal for sightseeing and get Kansai airport.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-osaka.html
      http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/airport-access/kansai-kix/how-to-choose-the-deals-for-access-tofrom-kansai-airport.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hi,

    We will be in Osaka for 7 nights starting from 11th Feb 2017 and want to cover areas around Osaka. I had the following questions:

    – If we want to visit Hiroshima from Osaka can I use this pass for the Shinkasen travel to Hiroshima from Osaka?

    – I have a son of age 5 years and 2 months old. What type of pass I should buy for him.

    Best regards,
    Ashutosh

    1. Hi Ashutosh,

      You can use this pass to get Hiroshima.
      Child less than 6 years old is free when you share the seat with them. If you want to get a seat for child, you may purchase child rate pass.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. Hi Takeshi,

        Where should I stay in the platform if I want to take a non reserve seat in Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka station to Hiroshima?
        The carriage is sign with this information?

        I have the 5 days Kansai Hiroshima Pass.

        thank you

        1. Hi Jose,

          It depends on which train you take. Usually Nozomi has it from car 1 to 3. Hikari has it from car 1 to 5. Mizuho and Sakura has it from car 1 to 3. There are lots of signage at the platform and on the train beside the passengers door. You can find it easily.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JPRail.com

      2. Thanks Takeshi. Can I also use this pass for local train travel within Osaka as well, for example, to Universal studios?

        Also, for local travel, will I need to get tickets for my 5 year old son?

  3. Hi Takeshi,

    I need to get from imabari to takamatsu. Does the kansai-hiroshima area pass cover it? Also, does the JR pass cover it?

    Thanks!

  4. Hi Takeshi,

    I have a Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass 5 days.

    Early morning we will take a train from Himeji to Kyoto station using our last day for this pass. Our guest house is 10 min walking from Kyoto station. I think we will leave our small trolleys in the station lockers.

    We will stay 4 full days in Kyoto.
    My plan (if we have enough time) is:

    Arashiyama + Nijo Castle + Kitano Tenmangu Shrine

    Kinkaku-ji + Daitoku-ji + Shimogamo + Fushimi-Inari Taisha + Gion at night

    Nishiki market + Higashiyama

    Kibune and Kurama then Higashi Hongan-ji + Nishi Hongan-ji

    Because we still have the Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass 5 days what do you recommend to visit first? Start with …?

    For the other 3 days what type of pass do you recommend?
    We prefer to use trains and subways.

    We will be in Kyoto April 7-10 so using a bus should be difficult
    Lots of traffic 🙁

    thank you

    Jose

    1. Hi Jose,

      Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass covers Arashiyama, Nijo castle and Fushimi. Please see the link below:
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-kyoto-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      For other days, I think all day bus pass + Kansai one pass are your choice. Some places cannot be accessed by any trains. You have to take a bus. You can use all day bus pass. And you can use Kansai one pass to take trains. Please see the link below:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-residents/how-to-choose-the-best-train-pass-for-sightseeing-in-kyoto.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. Hi Takeshi,

    I have a JR Kansai Wide Area Pass but I’m thinking of doing a day trip to Hiroshima. How much extra will I have to pay for the Shinkansen going direct from Shin-Osaka station to Hiroshima/Miyajimaguchi station?

    Cheers,
    Ryan

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