JR Kansai Area Rail Pass covered Kansai International Airport, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Kobe and Himeji. If visitors travel within those cities, this is the only pass you needed. Please get unlimited rides on the non-reserved seats on the Kansai-Airport Express, “HARUKA”, and Rapid Service as well as local trains from Kansai Airport to each cities. From March, 2015 the area is to expand to Wakayama, Shiga, Tsuruga and Iga-Ueno!
This Kansai Wide area pass covers a much bigger area than other Kansai area pass. This pass is a popular pass for foreign travellers who want to travel outside Kansai, which include Kinosaki Onsen, Shirahama, Kurashiki, and Okayama area. You can get unlimited rides on non-reserved seats on the Sanyo Shinkansen (Incl. NOZOMI and MIZUHO, between Shin-Osaka and Okayama), Limited Express trains, Rapid Service and local trains from Kansai Airport. The area is to expand to Takamatsu and Iga-Ueno for passes valid from March, 2015.
*Not valid on the Tokaido Shinkansen (not valid on the Shinkansen between the Shin-Osaka and Kyoto)