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Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass user guide. The deal for the traveler who wants travel in Kansai, Hiroshima and the surrounding area.

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)

As the name tells you, Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass covers Kansai area (Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe, Himeji, Wakayama), Hiroshima and many places between these, such as Okayama, Kurashiki. But the coverage is much bigger. This pass covers even Takamatsu in Shikoku, Kinosaki Onsen, Amanohashidate, Kii-Katsuura, Shingu.

I would like to share the information about Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass in this post.

Coverage Area

The 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 the 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. In addition, this pass covers Kyoto Tango Railway to Amanohashidate. It is a big benefit to visit northern Hyogo region.

If you want to access to Hakata, Yamaguchi or Sanin area, Sanyo Sanin Area Pass is recommended. 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.

The 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.

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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:

Kansai Hiroshima 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)
Adult13,500 yen14,300 yen14,500 yen
Child
(6-11 years old)
6,750 yen7,150 yen7,250 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. 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. 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.

SegmentBase fareSurcharge
Osaka – Kyoto560 yen
Osaka – Sannomiya (Kobe)410 yen
Osaka – Nara800 yen
Kyoto – Nara710 yen
Osaka – Himeji1490 yen1730 yen
Osaka – Kansai Airport1190 yen970 yen
Osaka – Okayama3020 yen2480 yen
Osaka – Hiroshima5620 yen4090 yen
Osaka – Miyajimaguchi5940 yen4090 yen
Hiroshima – Miyajimaguchi410 yen
Miyajimaguchi – Miyajima (Ferry)180 yen
Osaka – Kinosaki Onsen3350 yen1730 yen
Osaka – Shirahama3350 yen1730 yen
Osaka – Shingu4750 yen1940 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.

427 thoughts on “Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass user guide. The deal for the traveler who wants travel in Kansai, Hiroshima and the surrounding area.”

  1. Hi Takeshi-san!

    My family and I are scheduled to visit Japan this coming Oct 2, we’re a family of 5, with 3 adults and 2 kids. We’re all excited, but with all the many choices for the passes, my husband and I are so confused, we wanted badly to make some savings by making the wise choices on the correct passes to avail, because any mistake on our choice will be amplified 5 times! That’s going to cost a lot :-(. Could you kindly advise us on the best passes to avail with this kind of itinerary? The sites to be visited each day are in no particular order, if also possible, can you suggest the best order? All our days will begin from our hotel and if time still permits, plan to spend extra hours at Dotonbori at night, if not, we go straight back to our hotel. Thanks so much in advance!

    Day 1 (Oct 2 – Wed)
    – Arrive from KIX airport at 8PM, travel and check-in hotel at OOKINI Shinsaibashi Nagahori Apartments
    – Dinner within the area

    Day 2 (Oct 3 – Thu)
    – Legoland Discovery
    – Osaka Castle
    – Umeda Sky Building
    – Dotonbori

    Day 3 (Oct 4 – Fri)
    – Universal Studios

    Day 4 (Oct 5 – Sat)
    – Fushimi Inari
    – Kiyomizu-dera
    – Arashiyama
    – Ninja Experience & Samurai Experience in Kyoto
    (their address : Teramachi Utanokoji building 2F, 292, Higashidaimonjicho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto)

    Day 5 (Oct 6 – Sun)
    – Miyajima
    – Hiroshima

    Day 6 (Oct 7 – Mon)
    – Nara Park
    – EITHER :
    A) Himeiji Castle
    B) go back to Kyoto
    C) Cup Noodle Museum

    Day 7 (Oct 8 – Tue)
    – EITHER :
    A) Kyoto
    B) Cup Noodle Museum
    – Kid’s Plaza Osaka

    Day 8 (Oct 9 – Wed)
    – Kuromon Market
    – Dotonbori
    – Check-out from hotel and head back to KIX for 8PM flight.

    1. Hi Mary Jane san,

      First of all, you need Osaka Subway to Kansai int’l Airport deal, Kansai Hiroshima area pass and Osaka Amazing Pass:
      https://www.howto-osaka.com/en/ticket/ticket/chikatoku.html
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/kansai-hiroshima-area-pass-perfect-deal-for-the-traveller-who-wants-travel-both-kansai-and-hiroshima.html
      https://www.osp.osaka-info.jp/en/

      You can use Osaka Subway to Kansai int’l Airport deal for KIX to/from Shinsaibashi.

      Osaka Amazing Pass covers day 2 trip.

      Kansai Hiroshima area pass covers Hiroshima, Miyajima, Himeji. You may use it for Nara and Kyoto. But this pass covers only JR train. There is no JR stations in Shinsaibashi. The nearest JR station is JR-Namba. You can walk there but it takes about 20 minutes. You may pay extra fare to take subway to get Namba or Umeda (JR Osaka) to take JR train. Please see the link below to find the train network in Osaka and surrounding area:
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html
      https://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
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-transfer-among-kyoto-osaka-and-kobe-compare-japan-railway-and-private-lines.html

      So you may use Kansai Hiroshima area pass for day 3 to 7. This is most affordable way.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

          1. Hello Takeshi san,

            I have a follow-up question 🙂 If for example we opted to use our JR Pass instead on Days 4-8, can we use the pass to travel back to KIX airport? Thanks so much!

            Rgds.
            Mary Jane

  2. Hello Takeshi! Thank you so much for taking your time writing this blog! It has been a great help for first timers like me.
    I was planning to get the JR Kansai-Hiroshima 5 day pass + Osaka Amazing Pass/Kansai Thru Pass, but I’m not sure how to utilize them (and I think some areas that I want to go can’t be covered by JR pass). I have an itinerary ready and I just want to make sure the travel passes I’m going to buy is worth it.

    Tue, Oct 8: Arrival at KIX. KIX — Namba area (my hostel). Explore the area by walking

    Wed, Oct 9: Namba — Universal Studios — Namba.

    Thu, Oct 10: Kyoto; Namba — Omiya (for private kimono+sake experience) — Fushimi Inari — Arashiyama Bamboo Forest — Nishiki Market — Omiya (return kimono) — Namba

    Fri, Oct 11: Namba — Hiroshima — Miyajima — Hiroshima (stay one night)

    Sat, Oct 12: Hiroshima — Okunoshima — Sensui Jima — Namba

    Sun, Oct 13: Namba — Nara. Explore Nara and its surroundings (is JR/Kansai Thru pass enough? Should i get ICOCA?)

    Mon, Oct 14: Namba — Kobe — Himeji — Namba.

    Tue, Oct 15: Explore Osaka and surroundings (Osaka Castle, towers, museums, etc)

    Wed, Oct 16: Explore Osaka and surroundings, then from Namba to KIX for 11 PM flight

    Other than Oct 9 (it’s going to be my birthday so I want to celebrate it in USJ :D), my schedule can be changed to fit the pass.

    Thank you so much for your input!

    1. Hi Aine,

      I recommend you to have both Kansai Thru Pass and Kansai Hiroshima area pass.

      Kansai Hiroshima area pass covers Nara and Kyoto. But if you use this pass to get Kyoto and Nara, it’s not very convenient. Because JR-Namba station is not located in the center of Namba. And Kansai thru pass gives you easier trip to get Kyoto(especially Omiya) and Nara. You can take subway and Hankyu railway to get Omiya. If you use Kansai Hiroshima area pass, you have to change trains 4 times and some parts of the trip is not covered. Kintetsu railway is covered by Kansai thru pass and give you the direct access to Nara from Namba. If you use JR, you have to change trains at Tennoji and JR Nara station is a bit away from the center of Nara. Kintetsu Nara station is more convenient location.

      You can use 2-day Kansai thru pass for Kyoto and Nara. You also can use Kansai Hiroshima area pass as well when you use Kansai thru pass in Kyoto.

      You may use Kansai Hiroshima area pass for 9th to 13th. And switch Nara and Himeji/Kobe. So you can use Kansai Hiroshima area pass for USJ, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Kobe, Himeji.

      Osaka amazing pass is a good choice. The regular fare ticket is okay for KIX to/from Namba by Nankai railway (920 yen one way).

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

      1. thank you for such a comprehensive answer! one more thing; how to access sensui jima? I know that I have to stop at JR Fukuyama, then take a bus and a ferry. but are the bus and the ferry covered by the Kansai-Hiroshima pass?

  3. Hi Takeshi,

    I want to visit Amanohashidate from Osaka in June. I searched on hyperdia and we will need to take KONOTORI and HASHIDATE. Are they both covered by Kansai Hiroshima pass? If they are, do I have to book tickets in advance or I can just walk into the train on the day?

    Thanks,
    Gary

      1. Thanks, if I have the pass and going non reserved seats, do I still need to get a ticket or I can just go into the train and show them the Hiroshima Kansai pass?

        Thanks

  4. Hi Takeshi-san,

    I am planning to purchase the kansai-hiroshima pass for my trip, however I would have to pay an extra charge to get from shin-osaka to tottori station, what would be a route to take to tottori without paying any extra charge? Thanks!

    1. Hi Eugene san,

      You can take the limited express Hamakaze.
      https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/access-to-tottori-from-osaka-kobe-and-himeji-with-no-extra-charge-by-jr-pass-limited-express-hamakaze.html

      This train is fully covered. But this train does not run very frequently. You can take the limited express Konotori to Kinosaki onsen and then take a local train to get Tottori. The local train does not run very frequently between Kinosaki onsen and Tottori either. Otherwise just pay extra to take the limited express Super Hakuto. In this case, you have to pay for Kamigori to Tottori.
      https://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-type/limited-express/the-fastest-train-access-to-tottori-from-osaka-and-kyoto-limited-express-super-hakuto.html

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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