JR Kyushu Rail Pass

  • Types & Prices
  • How to purchase
  • Seat reservations
  • Conditions of use

(Note) JR Kyushu Rail Passes do not apply to Shinkansen (bullet train) rides between Hakata and Kokura since this portion is a part of the Sanyo Shinkansen operated by the JR West.

Sightseeing destinations that can be reached with the Northern Kyushu Area Pass include:
  • Shimonoseki
  • Mojikō
  • Kokura
  • Hakata
  • Yufuin
  • Beppu
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Aso
  • Misumi
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Huis Ten Bosch
  • Sasebo

(Shinkansen rides allowed between Hakata and Kumamoto.)

Sightseeing destinations that can be reached with the All Kyushu Area Pass include:

In addition to the Northern Kyushu area on the left:

  • Hitoyoshi
  • Kagoshima
  • Kirishima
  • Ibusuki
  • Miyazaki

(Shinkansen rides allowed between Hakata and Kagoshima-chuo.)

*JR Kyushu Rail Passes cannot be used to ride the Sanyo Shinkansen, which includes the portion between Hakata and Kokura.
Seat reservations in standard cars can be made up to 10 times per person for 3-day passes and up to 16 times per person for 5-day passes.
Charges must be paid for reserved seat tickets over the limit.
*Pass price for children (age between 6 and 11) is half of the adult price.
[How to determine child's age]
*If you purchase a voucher for a JR Kyushu Rail Pass overseas: the age of the child is as of the date of purchase.
*If you purchase a JR Kyushu Rail Pass in Kyushu, Japan: the age of the child will be as of the date when the pass is first effective.

Pass eligibility

Non-Japanese citizens who are visiting Japan for the purpose of sightseeing and traveling on a short-stay visa.

Conditions

1
You must hold a passport issued by a country other than Japan.
2
You must reside outside Japan and are visiting Japan on a short-stay visa.
3
If you are a Japanese citizen, you can use a JR Kyushu Rail Pass, in case of meeting the following three conditions.
・you have a permanent resident status in a foreign country;
・you hold an airline ticket to depart Japan within three months; and
・you have purchased a Voucher for JR Kyushu Rail Pass overseas

Those who satisfy conditions 1 and 2 above, or just 3 .

About 3
Sale for Japanese people will be finished on March 31st, 2017. (Exchange period for a voucher purchased in overseas is until June 30th, 2017.)

Applicable trains

  • Reserved and non-reserved seats for all Shinkansen (Mizuho, Sakura and Tsubame) within the designated covered area. *The pass cannot be used for the portion between Hakata and Kokura.
  • Reserved and non-reserved seats for all limited express trains within the designated covered area.
  • Local trains within the designated covered area.

*Use of Green Car (superior class) is allowed but subject to an additional charge.

Major trains of JR Kyushu

"ㇾ"…Available "×"…Not available

Train name Northern Kyushu Area Pass All Kyushu Area Pass
Kyushu Shinkansen (Mizuho, Sakura, Tsubame) ㇾ* Details
Details
Limited Express Sonic ㇾ  Details
Limited Express Kamome ㇾ  Details
Limited Express Midori ㇾ  Details
Limited Express Huis Ten Bosch ㇾ  Details
Limited Express Yufuin no Mori ㇾ  Details
Limited Express Yufu ㇾ  Details
Limited Express Kyushu Odan Tokkyu ㇾ  Details
Limited Express Aso Boy! ㇾ  Details
Limited Express A-TRAIN ㇾ  Details
Limited Express Nichirin seagaia ㇾ  Details
Limited Express Nichirin ×  Details
SL Hitoyoshi ×  Details
Isaburo / Shinpei ×  Details
Limited Express Hayato no Kaze ×  Details
Limited Express Ibusuki no Tamatebako ×  Details
Limited Express Umisachi-Yamasachi ×  Details
Limited Express Kirishima ×  Details

*Kyushu Shinkansen rides with a Northern Kyushu Area Pass are limited to the portion between Hakata and Kumamoto.

  • Types & Prices
  • How to purchase
  • Seat reservations
  • Conditions of use

How to purchase

To purchase a Voucher for JR Kyushu Rail Pass while outside Japan

Please purchase a Voucher for a JR Kyushu Rail Pass at a travel agency. Travel agencies that sell JR Kyushu Rail Passes include:

Overseas branches of JTB, Nippon Travel Agency, Kinki Nippon Tourist (Kintetsu International), TOBU TOP TOURS, JAL, JALPAK, JR Kyushu Jet Ferry, Tourbaksa, Korea Railroad Corporation, Package Tour, Hana Tour, Cosmo Travel, Yes Trip, EGL Tours, cola tour, LION TRAVEL and other travel agencies

*The voucher of JR Kyushu Rail Pass is sold on a plane of Hong Kong Express, however, as the condition of use is different from other company's pass please ask about the detail while on a flight.

*These agents in Japan do not sell Vouchers for the JR Kyushu Rail Pass.

*After you arrive in Japan, please bring the Voucher to one of the following ticket office and you will be issued your JR Kyushu Rail Pass(es).


Where to pick up your pass
[Station]
Hakata, Kokura, Mojikō, Saga, Nagasaki, Sasebo, Beppu, Oita, Kumamoto, Kagoshima-chuo*, Miyazaki* and Miyazaki Airport*
[JR Kyushu Travel]
Hakata, Kokura, Saga, Nagasaki, Oita, Kumamoto, Kagoshima* and Miyazaki*
[Travel Service Center]
Kokura, Mojikō, Sasebo and Beppu

*These locations do not exchange vouchers for "Northern Kyushu Area Passes."

*Voucher is valid for three months after purchase.

*In order to exchange a voucher for a pass(es), you must present the Voucher in person along with your passport.

To purchase in Japan

1
You must be in possession of a passport issued by a country other than Japan.
2
You must reside outside Japan and are vising Japan on a short-stay visa.

In order to purchase a JR Kyushu Rail Pass, you must satisfy conditions 1 and 2 above.

Where to purchase
[Station]
Hakata, Kokura, Mojikō, Saga, Nagasaki, Sasebo, Beppu, Oita, Kumamoto, Kagoshima-chuo*, Miyazaki* and Miyazaki Airport*
[JR Kyushu Travel]
Hakata, Kokura, Saga, Nagasaki, Oita, Kumamoto, Kagoshima* and Miyazaki*
[Travel Service Center]
Kokura, Mojikō, Sasebo and Beppu
[Port]
Hakata Port Beetle Counter
[Airport]
TISCO Travel Information Center, 1st Floor Fukuoka Airport International Terminal

*Northern Kyushu Area Passes cannot be obtained at these locations.

*You must appear in person with your passport to obtain your pass(es).

If the following conditions are met, you can purchase more than one pass.

1
The person who purchases the pass(es) must also be the user of the pass(es). (Passes cannot be purchased on behalf of another.)
2
Valid periods of multiple passes purchased shall not overlap.

To purchase a E-ticket for JR Kyushu Rail Pass online

You can purchase a E-ticket for JR Kyushu Rail Passes through the ACP Rail (ACCESS RAIL) site (to the right).

*After you arrive in Japan, please bring your E-ticket to one of the following ticket offices to pick up your "JR Kyushu Rail Pass."

ACPRAIL
Where to pick up your pass
[Station]
Hakata, Kokura, Mojikō, Saga, Nagasaki, Sasebo, Beppu, Oita, Kumamoto, Kagoshima-chuo*, Miyazaki* and Miyazaki Airport*
[JR Kyushu Travel]
Hakata, Kokura, Saga, Nagasaki, Oita, Kumamoto, Kagoshima* and Miyazaki*
[Travel Service Center]
Kokura, Mojikō, Sasebo and Beppu

*Northern Kyushu Area Passes cannot be obtained at these locations.

*An E-ticket is valid for three months.

*Pass(es) can only be obtained in person and you must present your E-ticket and passport.

  • Types & Prices
  • How to purchase
  • Seat reservations
  • Conditions of use

When using a JR Kyushu Rail Pass, you cannot make seat reservations on any train before your arrival in Japan.

Seat reservations can be made at any JR station or travel center in Kyushu, Japan.
Seat reservations in standard cars can be made up to 10 times per person for 3-day passes and up to 16 times per person for 5-day passes.
Charges must be paid for reserved seat tickets over the limit.
As for seat reservations, it’s convenient for you if you fill in the application form of reserved seats in advance. You can download the form here.

  • Types & Prices
  • How to purchase
  • Seat reservations
  • Conditions of use
1
A person whose name is on the pass shall be the sole user of the pass.
2
When you use the pass, please always carry your passport with you.
3
The pass cannot be used for JR Kyushu buses,B&S Miyazaki buses,the Cruise Train Seven Stars in Kyushu and the ARU RESSHA(Sweet Train).
4
The pass cannot be used for the Sanyo Shinkansen (between Hakata and Kokura).
5
Use of Green Cars is subject to an additional fee. Passes do not authorize holder access to the private room/compartment of any Green Car.
6
The pass is only good within the JR Kyushu service area even though there may be some lines in Kyushu operated by other companies.
7
Travel on trains outside of the designated coverage area of your pass is subject to an additional fee/charge.
8
Unavailability of seating due to full occupancy shall not be subject to refunds.