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Southern Kyushu Area Pass

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Grab this easy-to-use and economical rail pass to explore the Southern Kyushu area with multiple rail trips in 3 consecutive days.

Highlights

  • Save big with this handy pass that lets you access local trains, limited express trains, and Shinkansen (bullet trains) in Southern Kyushu.

  • This pass has been specially put together for foreign tourists with a temporary visitor visa to explore the vibrant Southern Kyushu.

  • Enjoy hassle-free travel for 3 consecutive days as you discover the subtropical subregion of Kyushu.

  • Ride to Hayato, Sendai, Hitoyoshi, Yoshimatsu, Shin-Yatsushiro, and Kumamoto with a single pass.

  • The pass also covers the city of Kumamoto, home to the world’s largest active volcanic crater - Mt. Aso.

Inclusions

Southern JR Kyushu Area Pass valid for 3 consecutive days:

  • Reserved & non-reserved seats on all JR local trains, limited express trains, and Shinkansen (Mizuho, Sakura, and Tsubame)

  • Kyushu Shinkansen between Kumamoto - Kagoshima-Chuo stations

Exclusions

  • Access to Green Car (superior class)

  • Shinkansen between Hakata and Kokura

  • JR Kyushu and B&S Miyazaki buses

  • Cruise Train Seven Stars

  • Sweet train (Aru Ressha)

  • Travel beyond Kumamoto

  • Entry to any attractions

Cancellation policy

These tickets can’t be cancelled. However, you can use them any time within the next 3 months.

These tickets are valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.

Your adventures in Japan have been made easy with this user-friendly Southern Kyushu area rail pass exclusively for international tourists. You can simply redeem your physical pass and head out to explore the stunning southern region of Kyushu with a lovely subtropical climate. Famous for its subtropical vegetation and heavy rainfall, this subregion of Kyushu holds the world’s largest active volcanic crater, Mount Aso. You can travel stress-free and in comfort for 3 consecutive days, as you make your way to discover the natural wonders of the region including beautiful hot springs, waterfalls, and much more!

Important Information

  • The JR Southern Kyushu Pass can only be used by non-Japanese citizens.

  • When entering Japan please receive proof of being a 'temporary visitor' with a stamp or seal on your passport.

  • If you're using an automated gate when entering Japan, please approach the airport staff and receive a certificate from your passport with a stamp or seal.

  • Usage of 'Green Class' cars requires an additional fee.

Area covered: In addition to the Southern Kyushu areas, the pass is valid in Kumamoto, Misumi, Hitoyoshi, Kirishima-onsen, Kirishima-jingū, Kagoshima, Ibusuki, Nishi-Ōyama, Miyazaki, Obi, Nangō, and Nobeoka.

Seat Reservation

  • Please make a reservation before boarding a train (highly recommended).

  • This can be done at local train stations or online.

  • Seat reservations may be difficult during weekends and local holidays (29 Apr to 6 May, 13 to 16 Aug, 26 Dec to 3 Jan).

  • Seat reservations can be made up to 6 times without an extra fee.

  • Please present the credit card used for seat reservations when boarding a train.

  • Changes on seat reservations can be done online without any processing fees.

Operating Hours of JR Kyushu Office

  • Please click here to find the locations and operating hours of the designated ticket offices of JR Kyushu.

  • This is not applicable to the use of the Pass.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly/shortly.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID during the pick-up. Students must show a valid student ID.

Ticket Exchange Point

Point 1

Oita Station

  • Address: Japan, 〒870-0831 Oita, Kaname-cho 1-1

Operating Hours: 7:00 – 21:00 (7 days a week)

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Point 2

Kumamoto Station- Address: 3 Chome-15-1 Kasuga, Nishi Ward, Kumamoto, 860-0047, Japan

Operating Hours: 7:00 – 21:00 (7 days a week)

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Point 3

Miyazaki Station- Address: 1 Nishikimachi, Miyazaki, 880-0811, Japan

Operating Hours: 7:00 – 21:00 (7 days a week)

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Point 4

Miyazaki Airport Station- Address: Akae, Miyazaki, 880-0912, Japan

Operating Hours: 10:00 - 12:10, 12:50 - 17:30 (7 days a week)

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Point 5

Kagoshima-chuo Station- Address:Chuocho, Kagoshima, 890-0053, Japan

Operating Hours: 7:00 – 21:00 (7 days a week)

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