[For Tourists & Expats] Kansai 3-Day WIDE Area Excursion Pass

Overview

Kansai WIDE Area Excursion Pass helps you save on traveling within Kansai! Get unlimited rides on the Sanyo Shinkansen, local trains, Kyoto Tango Railway, Chizu Express, Wakayama Electric Railway, and West JR Bus in the valid area. This pass is available for tourists and foreign residents in Japan, and valid for use until March 2023 (next year)!

Highlights

  • Valid for 3 consecutive days after the first use — a great way to explore the Kansai region
  • Get 3 days' worth of unlimited rides on the Sanyo Shinkansen (including Nozomi and Mizuho, but only between Shin-Osaka and Okayama)
  • Unlimited rides on Limited Express and local trains (including rapid and special rapid services), selected private railways, and JR West buses within the valid area
  • Available exclusively for non-Japanese passport holders — overseas tourists and foreign residents in Japan alike
  • Valid also for selected private railways: Kyoto Tango Railway, Chizu Express, and the Wakayama Electric Railway

Key Information

Important Information

※All ticket activities are non-refundable once the payment is successful or in review status ※In the case, the venue is closed due to unexpected circumstances, we will process a refund for your booking. • Please note that there is no exchange office in the Kanto area (including Tokyo) • Please be aware that luggage space is sometimes limited on busy trains • On some busy journeys (free) seat reservations may be required, but they are not usually needed. Consider reserving seats if traveling during national holidays, or with a large group to be seated together. Green Car seats and certain special trains such as Narita Express always require a seat reservation. Note that an extra payment is required to board a Green Car • A few Shinkansen trains have smoking carriages, and some seating may be near to separate smoking rooms. For a guaranteed smoke-free ride, a seat reservation is recommended Tickets for Young Children: Infants (ages 1–5) and babies (younger) travel for free on JR trains except in the following cases, when a child ticket is required: 1. When 3 or more infants accompany 1 adult or child (an Adult or Child rail pass holder can bring up to 2 infants for free) 2. When an infant or baby occupies a reserved seat, Green Car seat or berth, etc. 3. When an infant travels alone Conditions for Use: 1. Valid only for the person whose name appears on the pass – must be a foreign national with a non-Japanese passport¹ 2. Use the physical JR pass to pass through the automated ticket gates 3. You must carry your passport at all times while using the pass, and be prepared to present it to conductors or station attendants if requested. 4. Valid for use on: Sanyo Shinkansen (Shin-OsakaーOkayama) and local trains (maximum 6 redemptions for reserved seats and unlimited redemptions for non-reserved seats), Kyoto Tango Railway, Chizu Express, Wakayama Electric Railway, and West JR Bus within the valid area - Not valid on JR Group expressway buses, or certain local bus routes 5. The pass itself doesn't ensure specific seating options – to obtain a reserved-seat ticket at no additional cost, present your pass in the valid area. Certain trains require a reserved-seat ticket. Additional fares apply to travel in Green Cars. An extra charge must be paid in advance to ride local trains requiring a numbered ticket or liner ticket. 6. The pass can only be used within its validity period, which cannot be changed 7. The pass cannot be exchanged for other kinds of pass or ticket 8. The pass cannot be reissued in the event of loss or theft 9. Exchange Orders can only be refunded by the travel agency from which you purchase them, and any application for a refund must be made before the start of the Kansai WIDE Area Excursion Pass validity period. Any refund will be for the value of the pass in yen, less a 10% handling fee 10. Once you have started using the pass the validity period cannot be extended, nor can any refund be given, even if trains or other transportation services are suspended or delayed for any reason. The JR Group will not bear additional costs due to changes in your route, such as alternative transportation or accommodation charges 11. In addition to these conditions, you must obey the JR Group's regulations, terms and conditions, and the laws of Japan while using the pass 12. Violation of these conditions may result in the invalidation and confiscation of the pass, as well as a penalty equal to twice the basic fares and charges for all transportation for which the pass was used 13. The official terms and conditions of the pass are written in Japanese, and the text of the Japanese version shall be given priority of interpretation, in the event of questions regarding transportation conditions that may arise regarding conditions that are written in other languages ¹Japanese nationals who have lived overseas for 10 years or more may use the pass under certain conditions. You can read more here: https://rakuten-travelexp.net/jr-pass-for-jp-expats The details above are current as of May 2021 and subject to change. Please confirm the latest terms and conditions with a JR attendant.

Description

The Kansai WIDE Area Excursion Pass helps you save money while exploring the Kansai region in western Japan, home to some of Japan's most popular tourist areas. Enjoy the beauty of the Kansai region for three days with unlimited rides on the Sanyo Shinkansen (selected sections of the route only), JR West trains (local, rapid, special rapid, and Limited Express) and buses, as well as selected private railways. The Kansai region is comprised of Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Wakayama, Mie, and Shiga Prefectures, all of which have their own charms: • Osaka — Comfort food like takoyaki and okonomiyaki, as well as sightseeing spots such as Osaka Aquarium, Osaka Castle, the Dotonbori entertainment and nightlife district, and Namba's long shopping arcades • Kyoto — A center for traditional Japanese culture, with many ancient and iconic temples and shrines, historical attractions, high-grade matcha green tea (and matcha-infused sweets), and kaiseki-ryori haute cuisine • Kobe — Laid-back port town known for its premium, melt-in-your-mouth namesake wagyu beef • Nara — Great Todaiji Temple and its massive Buddha statue, deer at Nara Park, Kokufuji Five-story Pagoda • Wakayama — The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trail, as well as Mt. Koya, home to many Buddhist temples (some of which tourists can spend the night at) • Mie — Ise Grand Shrine, Japan's holiest Shinto shrine Travel with ease from one prefecture to another with the handy Kansai WIDE Area Excursion Pass, which gets you three days' worth of consecutive travel on the following: • Non-reserved seats on Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train (between Shin-Osaka–Okayama)* • Non-reserved seats on the following Limited Express trains: Haruka, Kuroshio, Thunderbird, Kounotori, and Super Hakuto (between Kyoto–Kamigori)* ** • Special rapid, rapid, and local JR West trains • JR West buses within the valid travel area • Selected private railways (Kyoto Tango Railway, Chizu Express, and the Wakayama Electric Railway) Discover the beauty of the Kansai region with the Kansai WIDE Area Excursion Pass — book now! NOTE: *Seats may be reserved for free for up to 6 times; for the 7th time onward, separate tickets will be required **For the Kamiogori–Tottori section of the Super Hakuto Limited Express, a separate fare will be charged

How it works

How to Receive Your JR Pass 1. Choose the date you want to redeem the JR Pass and book. A lead guest may book on behalf of a group, but note that all guests must be foreign nationals with non-Japanese passports 2. Receive your QR code e-voucher with your confirmation email 3. Present your QR code e-voucher, printed or displayed on your smartphone, at any valid exchange office to redeem your physical pass. All guests must also present their passport for verification during redemption. You can redeem it up to 90 days from the issue date of your e-voucher, or by March 31, 2023 (next year), whichever is earlier. See the list of exchange offices here: https://rakuten-travelexp.net/jr-west-exchange-locations How to Use Your JR Pass 1. Your JR pass can be used for 3 consecutive days and must be redeemed within 90 days after the e-voucher is issued, or by March 31, 2023 (next year), whichever is earlier 2. The usage period must be within one month of exchanging your e-voucher for the physical pass, or by April 2, 2023 (next year), whichever is earlier 3. You need to specify the date that you want to start using the pass at the exchange office - The usage period begins when you use your physical pass to pass through the automated ticket gates - Use your pass on the Sanyo Shinkansen (including Nozomi and Mizuho) and local train services as well as Kyoto Tango Railway, Chizu Express, Wakayama Electric Railway, and West JR Bus

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