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Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass user guide. The deal for the tourist who travels between Hiroshima, Yamaguchi and Hakata.

Tsuwano (left) and Miyajima are popular place to visit in the coverage area. ©Shimane Prefectural Goverment/©JNTO (Tsuwano/left) / ©Yasufumi Nishi/©JNTO (Miyajima/right)
Tsuwano (left) and Miyajima are popular place to visit in the coverage area. ©Shimane Prefectural Goverment/©JNTO (Tsuwano/left) / ©Yasufumi Nishi/©JNTO (Miyajima/right)

Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass covers Hiroshima and Yamaguchi. And it also covers the Sanyo Shinkansen to Hakata. It is the perfect option for the trip to Hiroshima from Hakata, Kyushu.

I would like to explain you about this pass in this post.

Coverage Area

Coverage area map of  Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass.
The coverage area map of Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass.

This pass covers whole part of Hiroshima and Yamaguchi prefectures, such as Hiroshima, MIyajima, Onomichi, Hagi and Yamaguchi. And it includes Sanyo Shinkansen between Shin-Hakata and Mihara And also this pass includes the conventional lines to Tsuwano and Maduda in Shimane prefecture too. This pass is designed for the tourists who arrive in / depart from Fukuoka and travel to Hiroshima or other surrounding area.

If you travel to Osaka or Kyoto, Sanyo Sanin Area Pass is better choice because this pass does not cover Osaka and Kyoto. If you travel Kyushu and Hiroshima area, you may think about combining this deal and Kyushu Rail Pass.

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. Please see the the like below to get the details about Japan Rail Pass (a.k.a. JR Pass)

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 except SL Yamaguchi. This deal does NOT include reserved seat fee. 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.

Any overnight train does not run in this coverage area. So there is no option to stay overnight on board.

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 Hiroshima and Yamaguchi. 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 Yamaguchi, there are routes which are covered by this pass. Yamaguchi to/from Akiyoshidai route is very useful to visit Akiyoshido limestone cave. Shin-Yamaguchi to/from Hagi route is useful to get Hagi.

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.

The Kyushu Shinkansen

Even though this pass covers the Sanyo Shinkansen in Kyushu area. But it covers between Hiroshima and Hakata only. You cannot take any Shinkansen trains from Hakata to west. In Kyushu, only Sanyo Shinkansen between Kokura and Hakata is allowed to take by this deal.

SL Yamaguchi

One of most popular SL train, SL Yamaguchi is not covered by this pass at all.
One of most popular SL train, SL Yamaguchi is not covered by this pass at all.

This popular seasonal train runs between Shin-Yamaguchi and Tsuwano. It is in coverage area, but this train is not covered by this pass at all. If you want to take this train, you have to pay full base fare and reserved seat fee.

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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:

Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass 5-day

Purchasing from
the travel
agent overseas
(Before arrival)
Purchasing from
JR West online
(Before arrival)
Purchasing from
JR West station
(After arrival)
Adult11,200 yen12,000 yen12,200 yen
Child
(6-11 years old)
5,600 yen6,000 yen6,100 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 the lowest price, you can purchase it at authorized travel agents. 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 the price is not much cheaper than the price which is sold at the station.

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.

Compare to single fares

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

*All surcharges in the following table are regular season’s non reserved seat rate.

SegmentBase fareSurcharge
Hiroshima – Hakata5080 yen3340 yen
Hiroshima – Miyajimaguchi410 yen
Hiroshima – Miyajimaguchi410 yen
Miyajimaguchi – Miyajima (Ferry)180 yen
Hakata – Mihara / Onomichi5940 yen4040 yen
Hakata – Tsuwano3670 yen3070 yen
Hiroshima – Tsuwano3670 yen3070 yen
Hiroshima – Iwakuni760 yen

As you see, Hakata-Hiroshima one way fare and surcharge total amount is 8,420 yen. So if you have round trip on this segment, it is pay off easily.

Assessment

This pass is suitable for the tourist who want to go to Hiroshima or other area in Yamaguchi or Hiroshima prefectures from Hakata. Most of places in the coverage area can be accessed from Hakata as day trip. If you stay in Fukuoka (Hakata) for several nights, you may think about using this deal to explore outside Kyushu.

26 thoughts on “Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass user guide. The deal for the tourist who travels between Hiroshima, Yamaguchi and Hakata.”

  1. I will stay in Fukuoka and I plane to visit a few side-trips from Fukuoka & return on the same day with the JR Hiroshima-Yamaguchi Pass.
    Appreciate you can advise if it is a right pass for my trip.
    1. Onomichi/Tadanoumi
    2. Shimonoseki-Karato Market – doees the pass cover the bus/ferry to Karato Market too?
    3, Iwakuni-Kintai Bridge – does the pass cover the local train to Kawanishi stn via JR Gantoku line too?
    4. Akiyoshido – does the pass cover the bus ride to Akiyoshido from Yamaguchi or Shin-Yamaguchi too?

    Thank you

  2. Hi Takeshi-san,

    for the Shinkansen tickets, do we need to buy tickets or do we just need to show the pass at the manned entrance gates and take the non reserved seating trains?

    Thank you very much.

  3. Hello, thank you for this guide. I will be using this pass to take the Shinkansen from Hakata to Hiroshima.

    For this line, is Hakata the original departure station? Since this pass is for non-reserved seats, I hope I can easily get the seats from Hakata station. We have 4 people travelling together.

    1. Hi John,

      It depends on the train. If you take Nozomi, Hikari or Kodama, Hakata is the original departure station. If you take Mizuho or Sakura, train comes from Kagoshima-Chuo or Kumamoto. The following link shows you the timetable. You can find which train depart from Hakata.
      https://global.jr-central.co.jp/en/info/timetable/_pdf/eastbound_0316.pdf

      I put the link for the timetable from Hiroshima to Hakata as well.
      https://global.jr-central.co.jp/en/info/timetable/_pdf/westbound_0316.pdf

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  4. Dear Takeshi san

    We are traveling from Hiroshima, to Yamaguchi RO most Kyushu cities and back to Hiroshima then Tottori over 14 days in end December.

    Would you recommend the 5 day Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass and 5 day All Kyushu JR Pass? Or do you have better options for us?

    Thank you.

    Warm regards
    Dorothy Tay

    1. Hi Dorothy san,

      I think JR pass 14 days is better solution. As I see your trip plan, you cannot cover whole part of your trip by Hiroshima Yamaguchi area pass and Kyushu rail pass. After you visit Kyushu, you will go back to Hiroshima. You need to add regular fare or other pass. And also you need pass or fare for access to Tottori too. JR pass 14 days covers whole part. It may be cheaper.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/japan-rail-pass-user-guide-how-to-use-jr-pass-to-its-maximum.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  5. I am travelling from Hakata to Hiroshima. Spend 2 days from Hiroshima to visit Miyajima and Iwakuni. Then back from Hiroshima to Hakata. Is this the right pass ?

  6. Takeshi san

    I am planning a 14-day trip to Hiroshima, Tottori, Yamaguchi, and the major attractions of Kyushu from 18 Dec to 1 Jan. My flight arrives and departs from Hiroshima. Which JR passes would you recommend? Thank you.

      1. Hi Takeshi
        If I take shinkansen from hakata to kokura and transfer to local train to kurosaki, do I have to exit kokura station and buy ticket before boarding train to Kurosaki ?

        Many thanks
        Grace

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