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JR West vs JR Sanyo Sanin rail pass

I am just trying to decide if 1 of the above would be suitable for 4 adults traveling from Hiroshima to Kyoto, day trip to Nara( from Kyoto) then on to Osaka (from Kyoto) to the airport. The dates would be 7 to 11 Feb 2018.
Apart from the duration of either 5 days or 7 days, I am unsure of the differences between the 2. Thanks.


  • Hi,
    Honestly I can't tell what you are comparing here. JR West has several rail passes.

    You may be mentioning the Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass for one.
    It looks like you could barely break even on it. For the other pass you mention, the Sanyo Sanin pass, you'd lose money on it.
  • Thanks. Yes the Kansai Hiroshima pass is what I wanted to compare.
    It sounds as if we may be better off getting individual tickets then.
    Would you know if with the recent changes in eg Pasmo cards, we can use this to travel within Hiroshima and Kyoto for the little trips we cannot do by walking?
    Thanks again.
  • Hmmm...not sure why you are saying individual tickets are better. As I said, you would get your money's worth - anything more is icing on the cake. There are some good perks with it as well - free JR buses in Kyoto & Hiroshima, plus free bicycle rentals at some places.
    Read more here:

    You can use Pasmo and other IC cards on nearly anything, but there is virtually no savings in it - it's just more convenient than carrying around a whole bunch of change.
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