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Kyushu Pass


Most of Kyushu Island's sights are accessible with Kyushu Passes
South Kyushu Area Railway network map

JR South Kyushu Pass gives you access to JR Kyushu trains for 3 consecutive days, allowing you to discover the charms of this beautiful island in the southern end of the Japanese archipelago.

The South Kyushu Pass is available for overseas visitors only and is usable on all JR Kyushu lines below the line formed by Kumamoto and Nobeoka. The pass covers the cities of Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Ibusuki, Miyazaki and Nobeoka. 

A child price (6 to 11 years of age) is available for this pass. Access to trains is free for accompanied infants aged 5 years or under.

3 days

Adults: $66

Children: $27

South Kyushu Region



The subtropical island of Kyushu is Japan's third largest island. Long considered to be "the end of the world" by the Japanese, Kyushu is now connected to Honshu by Shinkansen and several daily flights connect the island to other major cities in Japan. With beautiful cities, national parks, hot spring resort and delicious regional dishes, Kyushu has something for everyone.

The region is marked by short winters with hot, almost sub-tropical temperatures in the southern prefectures of during summer. Kyushu includes the seven prefectures:

View of Sakurajima from Yunohira viewpoint

View of Sakurajima from Yunohira viewpoint


Fukuoka Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefecture, Nagasaki Prefecture, Oita Prefecture, Saga Prefecture, Kagoshima Prefecture, and Miyazaki Prefecture

The historic town of Kumamoto, a feudal town since the 17th century and home to the impressive Kumamoto Castle, is a great place to start a trip in southern Kyushu. Further south is Kagoshima, with its beautiful Senhanen gardens and one of Japan's most active volcanoes, Sakurajima.

View of Kumamoto Castle and the Kumamoto scenery

View of Kumamoto Castle and the Kumamoto scenery

@flickr/ William Cho

The tectonic activity in the Kyushu region makes it the ideal place to visit a hot spring. The hot spring town of Ibusuki is most famous for sand baths that are a must for visitors to the area.  

Further East is the city of Miyazaki, famous for its fantastic beaches and museums. Excursions from the city include Takachiho and Kirishima for those who want to explore the great outdoors. 

Manai Falls in Miyazaki, Kyushu

Manai Falls in Miyazaki, Kyushu

@flickr/ TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋)

Conditions of the JR South Kyushu Pass


  • Only international tourists who have a temporary visitor entry status for Japan are eligible for this pass.
  • Japanese passport holders can NOT use this pass.


  • The voucher must be exchanged within a 3-month period from the date of issue.
  • To exchange the voucher for the pass you will need your passport.
  • The start date of the pass can no longer be changed once the Pass has been exchanged.

JR Exchange Offices:

  • Kumamoto Station, Travel Service Center, weekdays from 10 am to 7 pm, weekends until 5:30 pm. 
  • Kagoshima-chuo Station, Tavel Service Center, weekdays from 10 am to 7 pm, weekends until 6 pm. 
  • Miyazaki Station, Travel Service Center, daily from 10 am to 7 pm, weekends until 5:30 pm.


  • The South Kyushu Pass is valid on all JR Kyushu lines below the line formed by Kumamoto and Nobeoka.
  • The pass is not valid for the Sanyo Shinkansen, sleeper trains and JR Kyushu buses.

Seat Reservations 

  • With the pass, no additional fee is required when reserving seats.
  • In order to travel in first class (Green cars) you will have to pay additional fees.
  • Non-reserved Ordinary class cars can be accessed freely.
  • To access the platforms, show your pass to the JR Kyushu staff located at the gate to the platform.
  • To reserve a seat, ask the JR Kyushu staff at the ticket office. It is a personal pass.
  • Please always carry your passport when using the pass as station and train staff may check it.

Cancellation conditions and fees

  • An unused voucher is refundable for one year from the date of issue.
  • The voucher can be refunded if it has never been exchanged in Japan.
  • cancellation fee of 15% of the value of the voucher will be retained.
  • No refund is possible for a voucher received by us more than one year from the date of issue.
  • A refund is not possible for a lost or stolen voucher.


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