JR East - South Hokkaido Rail Pass
Experience the best of Japan’s Kanto, Tohoku, and South Hokkaido regions with one convenient rail pass.
The JR East - South Hokkaido Rail Pass is one of the regional rail passes for Japan ideal for intensely exploring one area of the country.
The pass allows for unlimited travel on JR East services within the Kanto, Tohoku, and southern Hokkaido regions. It allows you to use high-speed Shinkansen services, limited express trains, and even the unique themed Joyful trains.
If you’re landing at an airport in Tokyo and heading straight to the snowy landscapes of Sapporo, or want to explore the scenic beauty of Tohoku, this pass is a cost-effective option.
Below, we outline the conditions and benefits of this pass and whether it’s a better option over the nationwide JR Pass.
How it works
What is included?
When is it good for?
The JR East South Hokkaido Rail Pass is an ideal option if you’re planning to exclusively explore the Kanto, Tohoku, and South Hokkaido regions for up to 6 consecutive days.
It’s an economical option, even if you are simply planning a return trip to Sapporo from Tokyo. In comparison to the pass' cost of 35,000 yen, a one way ticket between Tokyo and Sapporo costs around 28,000 yen.
It’s also a good option for travelers arriving at Shin Chitose Airport in Hokkaido and wishing to travel beyond Sapporo to discover cities such as Hakodate and Aomori.
Beyond the main cities in the Tohoku region, the pass is also a good way to economically explore destinations off the beaten track such as Shirakami in Akita, Zao Fox Village in Miyagi, and Zaō in Yamagata.
Eligibility and validity requirements
The South Hokkaido Rail Pass is reserved for foreign passport holders holding a Temporary Visitor visa for Japan. It’s not available for residents of Japan.
The pass is valid for 6 consecutive days, counting from midnight to midnight. The day of activation is considered a full day.
Only one pass per usage term can be purchased or exchanged by an individual.
- Child Pass: For travelers aged 6-11.
- Adult Pass: For those aged 12 and above.
Rules for Infants:
- Up to 2 infants (1-5 years) can accompany an adult or child pass holder at no extra cost.
- A third infant or those needing a reserved seat require a Child Rail Pass.
- Babies under 1 year travel free.
- The pass isn't compatible with automatic ticket barriers. Show it to a conductor at entry/exit gates.
- If returning the pass in Japan, it's subject to a 10% processing fee.
- Lost, stolen, or damaged passes aren't replaceable.
- Always carry the pass alongside your foreign-issued passport, ready to show to JR officials.
You should ensure you're familiar with these terms to make the most of your travel experience with the South Hokkaido Pass.
Exchange your Pass
After purchasing online, you can exchange your order for the pass at any of the exchange offices listed below. Ensure you have your passport and exchange order for a smooth process.
Whole Japan Rail Pass
Unlimited Access: Roam freely across Japan's regions without restrictions.
Covers all of Japan: The JR Pass covers all JR trains. From the north to the south, it’s the ultimate explorer's ticket.
Full Shinkansen Network: Experience Japan's iconic bullet trains across their extensive routes.
Main Airport Transfers: Easily navigate between cities and major airports, ensuring a smooth journey.