questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

kyushu/shikoku

Kyushu/Shikoku

Hello,
I have read all the information regarding the Rail pass starting from Tokyo/Kyoto/Hiroshima, but the itinerary of my trip also includes:
Nagasaki
Beppu
Matsuyama
Osaka
My question is: which lines can I use, using the Rail Pass??
Thank You Very Much!!!
Iam looking forward to visit your beautiful country.
RAUL G

raulgtz
raulgtz

Dear Raul,

Yes, you can use the Japan Rail Pass for travel to all the destinations you mention.

Although you can get to Matsuyama via the seto-ohashi bridge from near Okayama and then travelling across Shikoku, I imagine you will be using the Ferry from Hiroshima or Kokura to Matsuyama. If you do intend to travel to Matsuyama by ferry please note that you will have to pay a separate charge for this crossing. Here is more information about Seto-naikai-sen ferry services from Hiroshima to Matsuyama, and the crossing from Kokura to Matsuyama.

You can look up train timetables and costs for all of your legs at the Hyperdia travel planning website and learn how to use Hyperdia for Japan Rail Pass holders through our video blog.

Hope this helps and you have a great trip!

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mari
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Thank You Mari,
we are planning to take the ferry from Beppu or Oita to Matsuyama.
Then by Train from Matsuyama to Osaka, which line should I use in this legg (that is a JR)??

raulgtz
raulgtz

Hi Raul,

Sounds great! I wasn't sure if the Beppu - Matsuyama ferry was still operating so that's good to know. From Matsuyama to Osaka you will be fine to travel on JR using this sample itinerary. The trip over the Seto Ohashi bridge is really great - I hope you enjoy it!

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mari
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Do you know if the JR pass offers any other discounts on ferries in Japan? I'm thinking specifically of Beppu-Yawatahama and Tokushima - Wakayama.

matporter
matporter

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