questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

connection between regions using jr regional passes

connection between regions using jr regional passes

when using two jr regional passes, for example east regional pass and hokkaido regional pass, how do i close the gap between those two zones? do i have to buy an extra ticket from aomori (last stop jr east) to naga-oguni (first stop jr hokkaido) or is there something like a common frontier/station?

thanks in advance,
tomire.

tomire
tomire

Hi Tomire,

Yes you can change train passes at Naka-Oguni station. The JR East Pass is valid until this station and this is the first station of validity of the JR Hokkaido pass.

The JR East pass even covers the next station from Naga-Oguni (Mimmaya station).

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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That's a good question, actually. It depends on the pass. For example, for a JR Kyushu Pass, you can actually use it up to Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi (which is not Kyushu). So if you have another regional pass, you can just keep on riding. But in the example you mention there is no overlap, so it looks like you'd need to pay the fare for the extra ticket as you mention. And this of course assumes you have an activated pass. If you just have the exchange order, you'd need to get the Pass from it, which can be done in Hakodate. You can buy the voucher for the Hokkaido Rail Pass in Narita or at a JR East office in Shinjuku, but you can't exchange it for the actual Pass there.
So if you ride between Aomori and Hakodate, the section between Nakaoguni and Hakodate is covered, but you'd need to pay the fare for between Aomori and Nakaoguni.

Toraneko
Toraneko

...if you just have the activated HRP. If you have both the activated JRE & HRP you can just ride through.

Toraneko
Toraneko

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