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.
- 1 Prices and valid period
- 2 How to purchase All Shikoku Rail Pass
- 3 Coverage Area
- 4 Valid trains and lines
- 5 Compare single fare and All Shikoku Rail Pass
- 5.1 From Takamatsu
- 5.2 From Matsuyama
- 5.3 From Kochi
- 5.4 From Tokushima
- 5.5 Fares for Kotoden Railway line
- 5.6 Fares for Iyotetsu Railway line
- 5.7 Fares for Tosaden Traffic
- 5.8 Fares for Tosa Kuroshio Railway Gomen-Nahari line
- 5.9 Fares for Asa Kaigan Railway, Asato line
- 5.10 Fares for Shodoshima Ferry
- 5.11 Fares for Shodoshima Olive Bus
- 6 Use All Shikoku Rail Pass with other JR West deals
- 7 Assessment
Prices and valid period
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Child rate is applied to 6 to 11 years old. Child who is 5 years old and younger is free but basically you have to share the seat with child.
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 the local travel agency. You can find the list of travel agencies at the official site:
JR Shikoku Rail Pass official site
Online purchase is not available. If you cannot purchase it from the travel agency before you come to Shikoku, you have to purchase in Japan. The price is slightly higher than the oversea purchase price. You can purchase this pass at the major stations in Shikoku or JR Shikoku Umeda branch in Osaka. Please see the official site in the link above to find the sales location.
You also can find some benefit of All Shikoku Rail Pass in the link above.
This pass covers four prefectures in Shikoku. Those are Kagawa, Ehime, Tokushima and Kochi. Those following major spots are in the coverage area.
In March, 2018, Shodoshima island is included in the coverage area. You can take the ferry between Takamatsu port and Tonosho port in Shodoshima island. You also can take all route of Shodoshima Olive Bus lines.
Valid trains and lines
All Shikoku Rail Pass covers all train services in Shikoku. This pass covers only non reserved seat on all JR trains in Shikoku. Reserved seat fee is not covered by this pass. And All Shikoku Rail Pass covers even Non JR train services in Shikoku and as I mentioned above, the ferry service to Shodoshima island and local bus in Shodoshima island are covered.
The following Non JR train, the ferry and the bus 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)
- Shodoshima Ferry (Takamatsu – Tonosho)
- Shodoshima Olive Bus (all bus route by this bus company in Shodoshima island)
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
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.
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.
Fares for Shodoshima Ferry
Base fare is 640 yen for one way.
Fares for Shodoshima Olive Bus
Base fare is from 150 yen to 300 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 if you take train via Okayama and Kojima through Seto Ohashi bridge, 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
Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass
Sanyo Sanin Area Pass
If you are sure that you will visit either Matsuyama or Kochi, you can get the worth of 3 days pass. Please see the fare table above. One way fare to Matsuyama from Takamatsu is 5,670 yen. One way fare to Kochi is 4,910 yen. It is almost equal value of 3 days pass.
Please try to find the best deal for your trip and save your cost to stay in Japan!