JR Shikoku Rail Pass

The JR Shikoku Pass allows unlimited travel on all JR (national rail) trains all over Shikoku, as well as all Asato Line, Kotoden Line, Iyotetsu Line and Tosaden Traffic trains. This means it covers almost all train routes in the prefecture and can also be used for getting around cities.  2, 3, 4 and 5 day passes are available.

What does it cost?

2 days: 7400 yen (around $65)

3 days: 8500 yen (around $73)

4 days: 9400 yen (around $80)

5 days: 10000 yen (around $87)

Children are half price. Prices are a little higher if purchased in Japan, so check below for how to purchase abroad.

When can I use it?


Is it worth it?

We have used it many times, and as long as you do a long journey or two between one of the main cities, you will save lots of money. The ability to use for local trams and private train lines as well also means it is easy to save money on this pass.

There are also a host of discounts and free tickets for various tourist spots across the prefecture, including riding the Ferris wheel in Matsuyama for free.

What are the rules?

  • For use only in Shikoku,
  • Only available to people with Tourist Visas,
  • A green ticket is necessary separately to get on the exclusive Iyonadamonogatari, but the journey can be done without using this train.

Where can I buy it?

It is cheapest to buy abroad. Passes can be purchased at most Japan related travel agents. See here for the current list.

How do I use it?

Activating a JR Shikoku Pass differs according to who you buy it from, so check with the company you purchased from. You are usually given a slip which you then take to a JR train station, then exchange for a pass (you will need to show your passport). You can exchange at major stations.

Once you have your ticket, just show it to the station staff at the ticket gates and they will let you in. They will sometimes stamp the pass.

Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict