Type of rail pass in Kansai area

Hello everyone!

One of the frequently asked question we have at the tourist information center is, what type of pass should I buy for my Japan travel? Surely everyone know about JR pass. It’s very useful and very economical pass to use during your travel.

Price list of JR pass nationwide


However, JR pass will only be cheap and economical if you plan to travel many trips by shinkansen. Round trip ticket from Tokyo to Osaka costs more than 20,000yen. 7 days pass is only 29,110 yen.

If you plan to stay in only one area such as Kansai or Kyushu, area pass is more reasonable.

Please click link above for more information.

Today, I would like to introduce 3 types of rail pass in Kansai area;

  1. JR Kansai area pass
  2. Surutto Kansai pass
  3. Kintetsu rail pass

Easily explained;

  • JR Kansai area pass cover all area in Kansai accessible by JR. JR Kansai pass can we purchased both in and outside of Japan and available from 1-4 days.

kansai pass

  • Surutto Kansai pass cover all area in Kansai accessible by train, bus and tram of any railways but JR such as Keihan, Kintetsu, Subway, Nankai etc.

2 days 4,000 Yen

3 days 5,200 Yen


  • Kintetsu rail pass covers all area that is accessible by Kintetsu railways, in and outside of Kansai such as Nagoya, Ise etc. It is the cheapest pass of all, 5 days 3,800Yen only! (1,900yen for child ticket), Kintetsu wide pass 5,860 yen.

Only wide pass is available to purchase outside of Japan,  please contact nearby H.I.S. office in your country!

H.I.S. worldwide network 

If you plan to travel mainly in Kansai area and will only take Shinkansen once or twice, JR pass might not be necessary at all. Some area in Kyoto doesn’t cover by JR, you will find the need to use either subway or city bus. Also, if you plan to go to Koya san in Wakayama, only Surutto Kansai pass cover train to Koya san.

So please choose your pass wisely. You can save a lot of money by doing so.

Feel free to chat with us if you need help planning your trip. We are online everyday from 10.00-18.00 Japan time.

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If you are in the area and need assistance from our staffs, contact our tourist information center in Osaka, Kyoto or Nara

Osaka tourist information center

Kyoto Tourist information center

Nara Tourist information center

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