Use your All Shikoku Rail Pass to explore the idyllic scenery of spiritual Shikoku
What is the All Shikoku Rail Pass?
The All Shikoku Rail Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign tourists visiting Japan for the purpose of sightseeing and traveling on a short-stay visa. The pass provides unlimited train travel in Shikoku for 3, 4, 5 or 7 consecutive days.
It is valid on all trains on the island so you can use the 1,100km of rail travel to explore Shikoku, Japan’s fourth largest island.
Venture on the pilgrimage route, be amazed by the beauty of the landscape, feel the history in the castles and temples and savour the local delicacies. Experience the wonders of Shikoku that the locals have nurtured and valued for thousands of years.
Types and Prices of All Shikoku Rail Pass
The All Shikoku Rail Pass is available for 3, 4, 5 or 7 consecutive days.
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Prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
* No credit card charges for Visa, MasterCard or AMEX. 2% credit card surcharge for JCB and Diner’s Club
* Reissue fees apply
Local pick-up from our office in Melbourne is available. We’ll contact you once your All Shikoku Rail Pass is ready.
Express Post is available for $6.60 extra.
Registered Post (person to person) is available for an additional $11.30.
*We are not liable for lost or misplaced passes.
How to buy an All Shikoku Rail Pass
You can purchase an All Shikoku Rail Pass Exchange Order before you go to Japan.
Upon arrival in Japan, you need to turn in the All Shikoku Rail Pass Exchange Order to receive your All Shikoku Rail Pass at a JR train station that has an exchange office. We will provide you with a list of applicable stations.
At the exchange office, you will be asked to fill in a short application form and to show your passport with the ‘Temporary Visitor’ stamp/sticker you received on entry into Japan.
Your Exchange Order must be turned in for an All Shikoku Rail Pass within three months of the date the Order was issued.
After turning in your Exchange Order for an All Shikoku Rail Pass, you can make seat reservations at a “Midori-no-madoguchi” Reservation Office.
Who is eligible for an All Shikoku Rail Pass?
The All Shikoku Rail Pass is available exclusively to travellers visiting Japan from abroad on a non-Japanese passport for sightseeing, under the entry status of ‘Temporary Visitor.’
Australian residents travelling on a Japanese passport are not allowed to purchase the All Shikoku Rail Pass. If you have both a Japanese passport and a passport from another country, you must enter Japan using the non-Japanese passport on a “Temporary Visitor” status to be eligible for this pass.
Where can I use the All Shikoku Rail Pass?
The All Shikoku Rail Pass is valid for all six railways in Shikoku. A brief summary follows, however, for full details of where the pass is valid, refer to the JR Shikoku official brochure.
It entitles the pass holder to:
- Unlimited travel on unreserved and reserved seats on all trains, including local, rapid and limited express trains, operated by JR Shikoku, Kotoden, Iyotetsu, Tosaden, Tosa Kuroshio Railway and the Asa Kaigan Railway.
This pass alone does not allow the use of reserved seats. However, to reserve seats in regular cars on limited express and local trains on JR Shikoku lines and Tosa Kuroshio Railway lines, you can purchase a book of four designated seating tickets at the exchange location where you received the Pass (except Kotohira Station Information Counter) and use one for each seat you wish to reserve.
The All Shikoku Rail Pass is not valid for travel on the Sunrise Seto overnight train or on any bus service
JR trains can be used as far as Kojima Station, the first station north of the Seto Ohashi Bridge on Honshu Island.
The pass is valid on consecutive calendar days (midnight to midnight).
Pass holders are entitled to discounts on the airport buses between Takamatsu and Takamatsu Airport, Matsuyama and Matsuyama Airport and Kochi and Kochi Ryoma Airport.
Click here to see the valid train route map
Should I buy an All Shikoku Rail Pass?
If you are wondering whether an All Shikoku Rail Pass is worth it, we’d recommend you have a look at your itinerary and do a quick search on the costs of each train journey you intend to take when you travel to Japan.
There are two sites that you can use to search for both JR and non-JR train timetables and the prices of your journeys.
The first is Hyperdia and the second is Jorudan. Use both sites to ensure that you get the most accurate information to help you to determine if an All Shikoku Rail Pass is right for you, or whether you should just buy your train tickets when you need to use them.
When you organise your package tour of Japan through us, we include the best Japan rail pass or area pass to match your itinerary.
For further information including refund policies, please read the Rail Pass Terms and Conditions