[Move] Japan, Kyushu- Northern Kyushu Area Pass

Deciding on which Kyushu pass should you get?

Here is a simple guide for you.

Let me explain the Kyushu pass available, there are 2 type of Kyushu rail pass available Northern Kyushu and All Kyushu area, they are separated into 3 day and 5days.


I will divide them into 2, Northern Kyushu and All Kyushu, will discuss on Northern Kyushu first.

Northern Kyushu

~Area covered

Kyushu northern

Taken from:  JR Kyushu Railway Company

Some rules on board:


3 Day- 8,500Yen

5 Day-10,000Yen

Seat Limit Reservation:

3 Day- 10Times

5 Day-16 Times

My comment:

For this trip i have choose the Northern Kyushu Area Pass 3 day pass. As i will be staying in Kyushu for 4 days 3 night and i do not have time to travel further down due to time constraint. Even though i brought the 3 day pass, to be exact i only use it for 2 days and it still help me to save quite a lot.

All Area Kyushu

~Area covered

Kyushu all

Taken from:  JR Kyushu Railway Company



3 Day- 15,000Yen

5 Day-18,000Yen


Pass price for children (age  6 – 11) is half of the adult price.

To note:

How the JR pass determined your child’s age:

-If you purchase the JR Kyushu Rail Pass overseas: the age of the child will be counted as the date of purchase.

-If you purchase a JR Kyushu Rail Pass in Kyushu, Japan: the age of the child will be as of the date when the pass is first activated.

Seat Limit Reservation:

3 Day- 10Times

5 Day-16 Times

Where to exchange/ Purchase your pass?

Hakata, Kokura, Mojikō, Saga, Nagasaki, Sasebo, Beppu, Oita, Kumamoto, Kagoshima-chuo*, Miyazaki* and Miyazaki Airport*
[JR Kyushu Travel]
Hakata, Kokura, Saga, Nagasaki, Oita, Kumamoto, Kagoshima* and Miyazaki*
[Travel Service Center]
Kokura, Mojikō, Sasebo and Beppu
Hakata Port Beetle Counter
TISCO Travel Information Center, 1st Floor Fukuoka Airport International Terminal

*Northern Kyushu Area Passes cannot be obtained at these locations.


A short guide to exchange your pass at  Hakata Station:

Once you have alight at Hakata station from the Hakata airport station exit at central gate IMG_9614 IMG_9615

Notice the green window sign written ticket, follow the sign:



Only 1 counter that is doing seat reservation for foreign:


How to reserve seat:

You could go down to the JR Station Ticket counter to fill in a form or you could download the form here before arrival and pass to the agent which could save a lot of time.

Some things to note before boarding:


Just to note:

The number of time you could reserve your seat is limited. Please refer to the above for more detail.

**Charges will be applicable if seat reservation limit is over.

The Rail Pass to show the staff at the side of the ticket gantry :


The pass cannot be used for JR Kyushu buses,B&S Miyazaki buses,the Cruise Train Seven Stars in Kyushu and the ARU RESSHA(Sweet Train).

The pass cannot be used for the Sanyo Shinkansen (between Hakata and Kokura).

For more information., click here.

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  1. WanderingSoul

    Thank you for sharing this very useful information on Kyushu rail passes!

    1. Kaerin

      No problem~ Glad that this is useful for you. 🙂

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