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Kansai area pass for Shinkansen?

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Hi all,


just to be sure: I can use the "Kansai Area Pass" to travel from Kyoto to Himeji with the Shinkansen, right?

In the foot notes here https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/ticket/pass/kansai/ it says "* not valid on the Shinkansen or Limited Express trains other than the Kansai-Airport Express 'Haruka'."

But that is just for the Shinkansen from the airport, correct?


As I understand it I can use the Shinkansen, except for the "Nozomi".


And the 1-day ticket is enough/valid, right? Because this nice calculator https://www.japanstation.com/japan-rail-pass-value-calculator/ only suggests the 2-day ticket


thanks in advance


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"Kansai Area Pass" you are referring to is only valid for:

- Non-reserved seats on Kansai-airport Express HARUKA
- Special Rapid Services, Rapid Services, and Local trains on JR-WEST Conventional lines

It is NOT valid for any Shinkansen or Limited Express trains.
You can take a Special Raid train from Kyoto to Himeji with this pass, it takes 92 minutes one way. https://www.kyotostation.com/jr-kyoto-line-for-osaka-sannomiya-himeji/

The nationwide "Japan Rail Pass" is valid for all trains, including Shinkansen (except Nozomi). https://www.japanstation.com/japan-rail-pass-discounted-travel-on-japan-railways/

If you plan to visit other places in Japan then nationwide Japan Rail Pass may be a good deal for you. If you only plan to visit Kyoto and Himeji by shinkansen a single ticket may be a better deal.

This article explains the difference between shinkansen, limited express and rapid trains: https://www.japanstation.com/guide-to-rail-travel-in-japan/

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Okay, thank you. 


But then I do not understand why the a.m. calculator suggest the "JR-West Kansai Area (2D)*" ticket after I chose "Kyoto -> Himeji (Shinkansen 55 mins) return" . And says:

"Days used: 1
Covers all trips
Covers ~¥10.500
Total cost ~¥4.300"

But now I see the tooltip (after hovering) that it does not include the Shinkansen

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