Japan Rail Pass Types and Prices

Important Notice
JR Pass costing fluctuates depending on the status of the exchange rate. For more information please consult with Travel Japan Staff.

Who is eligible for a Japan Rail Pass?

The JAPAN RAILPASS is a special ticket that is available only to travelers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sight-seeing. To be eligible to purchase a JAPAN RAILPASS you must meet one of the following two conditions.

You are a foreign tourist visiting Japan from abroad for sight-seeing,under the entry status of "temporary visitor."

"Temporary Visitor" entry status, according to Japanese Immigration Law, allows a stay in Japan of 15 days or 90 days for "sight-seeing, etc." If you apply for a "stay for sight-seeing" when you enter Japan, entry personnel will stamp your passport as "Temporary Visitor," as shown below. Only persons who have a passport bearing this stamp can use a JAPAN RAILPASS.

There are 15 types of Japan Rail Pass!!


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* An Exchange Order must be presented in Japan within 3 months from date of issue.
   This must be done at a JR Station that has a Japan Rail Pass Exchange Office.
* Please contact Auckland office for NZ$ rates. 

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*Examples of the "Temporary Visitor"
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CAUTION:
1.  You are a foreign tourist visiting Japan from abroad for sight-seeing,under the entry status of "temporary visitor."

"Temporary Visitor" entry status, according to Japanese Immigration Law, allows a stay in Japan of 15 days or 90 days for "sight-seeing, etc." If you apply for a "stay for sight-seeing" when you enter Japan, entry personnel will stamp your passport as "Temporary Visitor," as shown below. Only persons who have a passport bearing this stamp can use a JAPAN RAIL PASS.

       Caution:
       If you visit Japan with an Exchange Order (H.I.S. Exchange Order) to be exchanged in for
       a JAPAN RAIL PASS, the exchange cannot be made unless they have "temporary visitor"
       status: to enter Japan under any other official status, such as "trainee" or "entertainer" or
       "Re-entry Permit," will make the pass invalid. Please note that according to strict interpretation
       of the Japanese Immigration Law, "temporary visitor" status differs even from other types of
        stays that are also for only short time periods.

2.  You are a Japanese national living outside Japan, under the conditions below; 
     Who is married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than Japan. 
      a.who is qualified to live permanently in that country, or 
      b. who is married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than Japan.
       Caution:
       To purchase an Exchange Order or redeem your Exchange Order for a JAPAN RAIL PASS,
       you will be required to provide proof of eligibility as described below. 
       (a). Persons meeting condition must provide written proof of the following:
       Permanent resident status
       Residence outside Japan
      (b).Persons meeting condition must provide written proof of the following:
       Residence outside Japan
       Marriage to a non-Japanese individual
       Residence of their non-Japanese spouse outside Japan 
  
       Even if an applicant presents electronic data or other documentation, establishing their compliance
       with conditions a and b above, the pass may be denied if the clerk is unable to verify that compliance.
       Similarly, applicants with dual citizenship in Japan and another country will not be able to turn in their
       Exchange Order for a PASS if they entered Japan on their Japanese passport.

 Japanese nationals with Australian Permanent Resident should check their Visa Entitlement on the Australian Department of Immigration & Border Protection website prior to purchasing the JR Rail Pass.

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Note: Persons meeting conditions a or b above must be required to show proof of name at the point of purchase of an Exchange Order and obtaining a JAPAN RAIL PASS. 
Australian Residents traveling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR East,West,Shikoku, Hokkaido or Sanyo-Shikoku-Kyushu Rail Passes.

Japan Rail Pass

Japan Rail Pass

The Japan National Rail Pass is for unlimited travel on Japan Rail lines and selected buses and ferries.

With 12,400 miles of tracks you can rail almost anywhere in Japan.

  • Unlimited rail travel throughout Japan on the JR lines.
  • Available for a 7, 14 or 21 consecutive day period.
  • This pass offers Economy (2nd class) or Green (1st class) travel.

Important notes:
The JAPAN RAIL PASS is not valid for any seats, reserved or non-reserved, on “NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen lines. (The pass holders must take “HIKARI,” “SAKURA,” “KODAMA,” or “TSUBAME” trains.) If you use a “NOZOMI” or “MIZUHO” train, you must pay the basic fare and the limited express charge, and for a Green Car the Green Car surcharge. In addition, if you use the Gran Class car of the Tohoku Shinkansen, you must pay the limited express charge and the Gran Class car surcharge. 
Note also that passengers using JR trains on non-JR lines must pay additional fares and charges for sections traveled on such lines. Some JR trains use the lines of private railways for direct services.

 
Economy
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
07 Day AUD $368 AUD $184
14 Day AUD $587 AUD $293
21 Day AUD $751 AUD $375
Green
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
07 Day AUD $492 AUD $246
14 Day AUD $796 AUD $398
21 Day AUD $1,036 AUD $518

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JR East Pass

Japan East Pass   

Travel throughout Tokyo & Eastern Japan with a JR East Pass!

This pass covers metropolitan Tokyo and many popular destinations in Eastern Japan. 

Nagano Niigata Area  NEW!!
Unlimited travel on local, limited express and express trains including Shinkansen trains on the following rail company lines: JR East Lines including : Narita Airport or Haneda Airport to Tokyo for 5 days of flexi travel over 14days period.

The JR EAST PASS  allows rides on some non-JR trains, Izu Kyuko Line, Hokuetsu Express, Echigo TOKImeki Railway: Arai-Naoetsu, Tokyo Monorail. The following limited express trains that directly run between the JR East lines and Tobu Railway lines: the Nikko, the SPACIA Nikko, the Kinugawa, and the SPACIA Kinugawa. The pass can be used for travel on local and rapid trains between Shimo-imaichi and Tobu-nikko/Kinugawa-onsen on Tobu Railway Lines. Between Kurihashi and Shimo-imaichi Stations, the pass may be used only on limited express trains that connect directly with Tobu Railway Lines.*

Notes:
The JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) may be used for Tobu Railway Lines as long as either the
            departing or destination station is on a JR line. 
            The JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) is not valid for the Tokaido Shinkansen as that is operated
            by a different rail company.
            GALA Yuzawa Station is in operation only in winter and spring.
            The JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) is not valid for JR buses.

 

Tohoku Area   NEW!!
Unlimited travel on local, limited express and express trains including Shinkansen trains on the following rail company lines: JR East Lines (including Bus rapid transit) including Narita Airport or Haneda Airport to Tokyo, Nikko, Aomori, Sendai, Morioka, Akita  for 5 days of flexi travel over 14days period.
The JR EAST PASS  allows rides on some non-JR trains, Aoimori Railway, Iwate Galaxy Railway (IGR), Tokyo Monorail, Sendai Airport Transit.
The following limited express trains that directly run between the JR East lines and Tobu Railway lines: the Nikko, the SPACIA Nikko, the Kinugawa, and the SPACIA Kinugawa.  The pass can be used for travel on local and rapid trains between Shimo-imaichi and Tobu-nikko/Kinugawa-onsen on Tobu Railway Lines. Between Kurihashi and Shimo-imaichi Stations, the pass may be used only on limited express trains that connect directly with Tobu Railway Lines.**

Note: The JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) is not valid for the Tokaido Shinkansen as that is operated by a
          different rail company.
          GALA Yuzawa Station is in operation only in winter and spring.
          Special operating intervals and trains may be in service to meet the needs in the aftermath of the 2011
          Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
          The JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) is not valid for JR buses.


The JR East Pass can be used on the Narita Express for direct access from Narita Airport to Tokyo. 
Note: Australian Residents travelling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR East Pass.

Economy
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
05 Day Flex Nagano Niigata Area AUD $224 AUD $112
05 Day Flex Tohoku Area AUD $250 AUD $125

JR East Pass Nagano Niigata Area Destination : Narita Airport or Haneda Airport to Tokyo, Nagano, Niigata
JR East Pass Tohoku Area Destination : Narita Airport or Haneda Airport to Tokyo, Nikko, Aomori, Sendai, Morioka, Akita  

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JR West Rail Pass

JR West - Japan West Kansai Pass

JR Explore the Kansai area of Japan with the Japan Rail West Pass Kansai

  • Caution: A Visitor may purchase Japan West Kansai Pass ONLY ONCE per visit.
  • Available for 1 to 4 days of consecutive travel.
  • This pass offers Economy (2nd class) travel only

Note: Australian Residents travelling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR West Pass.

Covering a smaller, more specific area of western Japan, this excursion pass allows the visitor to explore the
many sightseeing locations of the area including: Kyoto, Osaka, Kansai Airport, Kobe, Nara and Himeji.

 

 

Kansai Wide Area Pass

Explore the Kansai area, the Nanki area and the Okayama area of Japan with the Japan Rail West Wide Area Pass.

  • Caution: A Visitor may purchase Kansai Wide Area Pass ONLY ONCE per visit.
  • Available for 5 consecutive days travel.
  • This pass offers Economy (2nd class) travel only.
  • Kansai WIDE Area Pass is not valid for “Tokaido Shinkansen (Shin-Osaka⇔Tokyo), and “Kyushu Shinkansen” (Hakata⇔Kagoshima-Chuo).

Note: Australian Residents travelling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR West Pass.

Kansai Wide Area Pass is valid on non-reserved seats on the Sanyo Shinkansen ( incl. Nozomi and Mizuho between Shin-Osaka and Okayama), and the Limited express rapid service and local trains from Kansai Airport to Osaka, Kyoto Kobe, Nara, Himeji, the Okayama Area, Wakayama, Shirahama, Kinosaki Onsen, Shiga and Tsuruga, Takamaatsu and Iga-Ueno.



Hokuriku Area Pass

*Not valid on the Hokuriku Shinkansen "KAGAYAKI"as all seats are reserved. * If travelling on the Himi, Johana or Nanao lines, Limited Express services can also be used as an exception, if no stops are made on the IR Ishikawa Railway and Ainokaze Toyama Railway. - Seven days of unlimited travel on the Hokuriku Shinkansen (Bullet Train) between Kanazawa and Joetsu-Myoko plus non-reserved seating in limited express trains and local services in the Hokuriku and Kansai areas. - Able to purchase the pass in Japan, save by purchasing in Australia before your departure !!

Note: Australian Residents travelling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR West Pass.

 

Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass

*Not valid on the Tokaido Shinkansen (not valid on the Shinkansen between Shin-Osaka and Kyoto). *Not valid on the Hokuriku Shinkansen "KAGAYAKI", as all sets are reserved. -Seven days of unlimited travel on the Hokuriku Shinkansen (Bullet Train) between Kanazawa and Joetsu-Myoko plus non-reserved seating in limited express trains and local services in the Hokuriku and Kansai areas. - Able to purchase the pass in Japan, save by purchasing in Australia before your departure !!

Note:
Australian Residents travelling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR West Pass.



San'in Okayama Area Pass

- Unlimited travel on limited express trains, rapid services, and local services in the San'in and Okayama areas.
- Bullet train :Sanyo-Shinkansen" (Shin-Osaka⇔Hakata)
- Valid trains : Non-reserved seats on Express Trains "YAKUMO, SUPER HAKUTO(Incl. Kamigori⇔Chizu) etc." 
                       Rapid services, and local trains on JR-West Conventional lines.
- Offers superb convenience and value for travellers also visiting the Kansai area when used in conjunction with a Kansai WIDE Area Pass.
- Able to purchase the pass in Japan, save by purchasing in Australia before your departure !!

Note:
Australian Residents travelling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR West Pass.



Osaka - Tokyo Hokuriku Arch Pass  NEW!!

Unlimited travel on JR  trains between Osaka and Tokyo via the Hokuriku Shinkansen. limited express trains, local trains in central Osaka and central Tokyo.
Kansai Airport - Shin Osaka / Kyoto by limited express train of HARUKA, Osaka - Kanazawa by limited express train of Thunder bird, Kanazawa - Tokyo by bullet train valid for 7 consecutive days.
Seat reservations can be made for free except for the Haruka limited express train to / from Kansai Airport which pass holders are allowed to use only in the non-reserved section.
Ticket-holders can now use on-JR train lines can also can be use:
- IR Ishikawa Railway between Kanazawa and Tsubata to access the JR Nanao Line
- Ainokaze Toyama Railway between Toyama and Takaoka
- Tokyo Monorail between central Tokyo and Haneda Airport

Note: Australian Residents travelling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR West Pass.


Economy
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
01 Day Kansai AUD $27 AUD $13
02 Day Kansai AUD $54 AUD $27
03 Day Kansai AUD $67 AUD $33
04 Day Hokuriku Area AUD $63 AUD $31
04 Day Kansai AUD $79 AUD $39
04 Day San'in Okayama Area Pass AUD $56 AUD $28
05 Day Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area AUD $139 AUD $69
05 Day Kansai-Hiroshima Area AUD $164 AUD $82
05 Day Setouchi Area AUD $215 AUD $107
05 Day West Kansai Wide Area AUD $107 AUD $53
07 Day Kansai Hokuriku Area AUD $189 AUD $94
07 Day Osaka Tokyo Hokuriku Arch AUD $303 AUD $151
07 Day Sanyo-San'in Area AUD $240 AUD $120

Kansai Pass Destination: Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Himeji and other places in Kansai area
Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass Destination: Fukuoka Airport to Yamaguchi and Hiroshima on the Sanyo Shinkansen
( not valid on the conbentional lines within Kyushu between Hakata and Shimonoseki). * Separate fare and change must be paid when using the SL YAMAGUCHI.
Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass Destination: Between Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima on the Sanyo Shinkansen ( incl,Nozomi and Mizuho)
the Limited Express, Rapid Service and local trains with non-reserved seats, and the JR-West miyajima Ferry from Kansai Airport to Hiroshima, Okayama area and Takamatsu. in addition area. ( *not Valid on the Tokaido Shinkansen between Shin- Osaka and Kyoto
San'in Okayama Area Pass: The service will be start from 1st April 2015.
Osaka - Tokyo Hokuriku Area Arch Pass Destination:
Kansai Airport to central Osaka, Tokyo's Narita Airport, Haneda Airport to Central Tokyo, Tokyo and Osaka via the Hokuriku Region.

 

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JR Kyushu Rail Pass

Japan Kyushu Island Pass

The Japan Rail Kyushu Island Pass covers the island of Kyushu in West Japan.

The Kyushu Island Rail pass is ideal for travelling to places like Nagasaki, Suizenji Park, Kagoshima and Obi Castle.
It also includes travel on the Kyushu Shinkansen and limited express trains, but excluding the Sanyo Shinkansen ( Fukuoka - Osaka, Operated by JR West). The Northern Kyushu version of the pass is not valid south of Oitta and Kumamoto (from April 2015, the Northern Kyushu version will become valid on trains between Kumamoto and Misumi).

  • Available for a 3 or 5 consecutive day period
  • This pass offers Economy (2nd class) travel only.
Seat reservations  can be made for free.
From April 2015, a maximum number of free seat reservations will be introduced as follows:
(Both Northern Kyushu & Kyushu Rail Pass)
  • Up to 20 free seat reservations can be made with the 3-day pass
  • Up to 16 free seat reservations can be made with the 5-day pass 
Economy
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
03 Day AUD $189 AUD $94
03 Day Northern Kyushu AUD $107 AUD $53
05 Day AUD $227 AUD $113
05 Day Northern Kyushu AUD $126 AUD $63

Kyushu Pass Destination: Fukuoka, Beppu, Mt. Aso, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Saga, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Oita and other places in Kyushu area
Note: Non-Japanese citizens who are visiting Japan for the purpose of sightseeing and traveling on a short-stay visa.
       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 .

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JR Hokkaido Pass

Japan Hokkaido Rail Pass

Explore the Island of Hokkaido in Japan by Rail

The Hokkaido Rail Pass is valid for all train lines of the Hokkaido Railway Co. and selected JR Hokkaido Bus lines.
Excluding: Sapporo - Asahikawa, Sapporo - Mombetsu, Sapposo - Obihiro, Sapporo - Kiroro, Sapporo - Erimo, Hiroo & irrgular lines.
The Hokkaido pass offers the following durations:

  • 3 day consecutive pass
  • 5 day consecutive pass
  • 7 day consecutive pass
  • 4 day flexi pass (over a 10 day period)

From 25th March 2016 JR Hokkaido Pass no longer covered the rides on following Hokkaido Shinkansen line of "Hayabusa" or " Hayate".
Kikonai-Goryokaku ( As this JR line will be owned by private train line of " Dounan isaribi line from 25th of March JR Hokkaido pass no longer valid on this line).


Services of Hokkaido Shinkansen line will end their service by 25th of March 2016.

  • Limited Express Train of " Hakucho" ( Shin-aomori- Hakodate)
  • Limited Express Train of " Super Hakucho" ( Shin- aomori- Hakodate)
  • Express Train " Hamamasu" ( Aomori - Sapporo)

Note: Australian Residents traveling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR Hokkaido Rail Pass.


JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass  NEW!!

Unlimited use of trains operated by JR Trains in the Kanto (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi and Ibaraki Prefectures) and Tohoku (Fukushima, Miyagi, Yamagata, Akita, Iwate and Aomori Prefectures) region and JR Hokkaido trains in Southern Hokkaido (as far as Sapporo) on 6 days of your choice within a 14 day period. 
Only the following non-JR trains lines lines can also be used with JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass,
 - Limited express trains between Shinjuku and Tobu-Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen and local trains between
   Tobu-Nikko, Shimo-Imaichi and Kinugawa Onsen.
 - All trains along the Izukyu Line between Ito and Izukyu-Shimoda on the Izu Peninsula.
 - All trains along the Iwate Ginga Railway and Aoimori railway between Morioka and Aomori.
 - Tokyo Monorail between central Tokyo and Haneda Airport.


In the designated area, you can use all type of JR East (including Bus rapid transit and JR Hokkaido trains, including Shinkansen (except Tokaido Shinkansen), limited express trains local trains
(except some "liner" trains). Seat reservation can be made for free.

Note: Australian Residents traveling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR Hokkaido Rail Pass.

Economy
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
03 Day AUD $208 AUD $104
04 Day Flex AUD $278 AUD $139
05 Day AUD $278 AUD $139
06 Day Flex JR East - South Hokkaido AUD $329 AUD $164
07 Day AUD $303 AUD $151

Hokkaido Pass Destination: Hakodate, Niseko, Noboribetsu, Sapporo, Otaru, Asahikawa, Kushiro and Abashiri

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JR Central Pass


JR Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass

The Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass covers between Nagoya, Gero, Takayama, and Toyama, and between Shinano-Omachi, Matsumoto, and Nagoya.

Unlimited access to many kinds of transportation within the Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area.
The pass offers you unlimited access for five days to JR conventional lines running between Nagoya, Gero, Takayama, and Toyama, and between Shinano-Omachi, Matsumoto, and Nagoya (use of Home Liner excluded). The pass also offers unlimited use of transportation within the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route (between Toyama, Tateyama, Murodo, Daikanbo, Kurobe Dam, and Shinano-Omachi.   


Note: The tickets may be purchased only by customer that have a passport issued by a nation other than Japan
          and whose visa status in Japan is "Short-term Stay". This pass is not available for purchase in Japan.
          Please purchase an Exchange Order before leaving to Japan.          
          The exchange order can be exchanged for the pass after entry in to a Japan.



JR Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass

The Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass covers between Nagoya, Gero and Takayama, and linking Kanazawa, Kaga-onsen, Awara-onsen, Kyoto and Osaka.You can also use reserved seats for up to four times.

Unlimited access to buses between Takayama, World Heritage Shirakawa-go and Kanazawa.
The pass offers you unlimited access for five days to limited express trains of conventional lines and ordinary trains running between Nagoya, Gero and Takayama, and linking Kanazawa, Kagaonsen, Awaraonsen, Kyoto and Osaka. You can also use reserved seats for up to four times.   

Note: The tickets may be purchased only by customer that have a passport issued by a nation other than Japan
          and whose visa status in Japan is " short-term Stay ". This pass is not available for purchase in Japan.
          Please purchase an Exchange Order before leaving to Japan.          
          Please exchange order can be exchanged for the pass after entry in to a Japan.


 

Economy
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
05 Day Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Tourist Pass AUD $221 AUD $110
05 Day Ise Kumano Area Tourist Pass AUD $139 AUD $69
05 Day Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass AUD $170 AUD $85

 

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JR All Shikoku Rail Pass

JR All Shikoku Pass

Explore the Island of Shikoku in Japan by Rail.

The rail pass provides unlimited travel on the following railway lines and trains. JR Shikoku,
Tosa Kuroshio Railway, Asa Kaigan Railway, Kotoden, Iyotetsu and Tosaden. .

  • Available for a 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 consecutive day period
  • This pass offers Economy (2nd class) travel only.
  • All Shikoku Pass is not valid for travel on the following routes, trains and sections (payment of a separate fare is required).
    All Shikoku Pass is not valid for Sunrise Seto trains and selected bus services.
    If you travel beyond the valid area of the rail pass, you will be required to pay the fares and charges specified by the railway company concerned for the sections travelled.
        The rail pass is valid for travel on the Seto-Ohashi Line south of Kojima Station (operated by JR Shikoku); the section north of Kojima Station is operated by JR West. 
        If you travel south (towards Shikoku) from Okayama Station via Kojima Station or if you travel north (towards Okayama Station) from Shikoku via Kojima Station, you will be charged the respective fares and charges starting or ending at Kojima Station.

Note: Australian Residents traveling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR Shikoku Rail Pass.

Economy
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
02 Day AUD $93 AUD $46
03 Day AUD $107 AUD $53
04 Day AUD $118 AUD $59
05 Day AUD $126 AUD $63

 All Shikoku Pass Destination: All Shikoku Area

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