JAPAN RAIL PASS

  • The Japan Rail Pass (also commonly called JR Pass) is a very cost-effective rail pass for long-distance train travel in Japan 
  • The Japan Rail Pass can be used only by foreign tourists and offers unlimited rides on JR trains for one, two, or three weeks at a cost that residents of Japan can only dream of. The Japan Rail Pass comes in two types: ordinary and green cars. The latter Japan Rail Pass is valid on green cars (first class cars) that offer more spacious seats than ordinary cars.

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS
(JR PASS)

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS (JR PASS)

1. JR PASS ELIGIBILITY FOR USE

1. JR PASS ELIGIBILITY FOR USE

Before buying JAPAN RAIL PASS, carefully check the following to make sure
you meet the JR Pass eligibility requirements!
  • The JAPAN RAIL PASS is a special fare ticket that is available only to travellers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sightseeing.
  • To be eligible to purchase a JAPAN RAIL PASS, you must meet one of the following 2 JR Pass conditions.
  • Even if you have an Exchange Order or have purchased a JR PASS online, if you do not meet the qualifications for using the JAPAN RAIL PASS, you will be unable to exchange JR Pass or  pick the JR Pass up. 
  • Please confirm the JR Pass usage qualifications thoroughly prior to purchasing an JR Pass Exchange Order or PASS.
  • If you do not meet the JR Pass usage qualifications due to factors such as insufficient documentation (including due to insufficient or incorrect instructions from the travel agency where you purchased your Exchange Order) and you are unable to receive a PASS, the JR Group takes no responsibility for any transportation expenses incurred during your stay in Japan as a result. Please confirm that you have all of the required confirmation documents of JR Pass prior to leaving your country.

Japan Rail Pass Usage Condition 1  

You are a foreign tourist visiting Japan from abroad for sight-seeing, under the entry status of “temporary visitor.”

nimble_asset_Temporary-Visitor

When you use an automated gate at the airport, no stamp/sticker will be stamped or put on your passport. Therefore, you need to either use a manned automated gate or ask a clerk to apply a stamp/sticker in your passport. However, a customer who has a “registered user card” under the Trusted Traveler Program will be required to show the card to confirm the “Temporary Visitor” status.

Japan Rail Pass Usage Condition Remark
Even if you visit Japan with a Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order, to be turned in for a JAPAN RAIL PASS, the Japan Rail Pass exchange cannot be made unless you have “Temporary Visitor” status; if you enter Japan under any other official status, such as “Trainee”, “Entertainer”, or “Reentry Permit”, you cannot change the Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order for a JAPAN RAIL PASS. Please note that according to the strict interpretation of the Japanese Immigration Law, “Temporary Visitor” status differs even from other types of stays that are also for only short time periods. 

Temporary Visitor entry status, according to Japanese Immigration Law, allows a stay in Japan of 15 days or 90 days for “sight-seeing, etc. “If you apply for a “stay for sight-seeing” when you enter Japan, entry personnel will stamp your passport as “Temporary Visitor,” as shown above.

# In order to receive or use JAPAN RAIL PASS, your passport must bear this stamp or sticker.

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

1. JR PASS ELIGIBILITY FOR USE

1. JR PASS ELIGIBILITY FOR USE

Japan Rail Pass Usage Condition 2

 Japanese people living abroad who meet the following conditions

Japan Rail Pass Usage Condition Remark

  • Customers who do not meet either of the Japan Rail Pass conditions 1, 2 above will not be able to purchase a Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order or exchange one for a Japan Rail PASS. In addition, if the Japan Rail Pass documentation customers prepare does not meet the conditions for eligibility, they will not be allowed to purchase a Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order or exchange it for a Japan Rail PASS. Please confirm that the issued date for both your “Overseas Residential Registration” and your “Certificate of Overseas Residence” is prior to the purchase date of your Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order (and within the last 6 months). (The “Overseas Residential Registration” and “Certificate of Overseas Residence” you presented at the time you purchased your JR Pass Exchange Order must also be presented when exchanged it for a JR PASS.) 
  • For individuals who possess passports issued by both Japan and another country. In accordance with the Japanese Immigration Law, please present your Japanese passport to immigration when entering the country. In this case, your Japanese passport and “documentation verifying your stay in another country for 10 or more consecutive years, such as a certificate issued by a government office overseas” will be required. As a general rule, Japan Rail Pass Exchange Orders cannot be purchased and JAPAN RAIL PASSES cannot be exchanged for young children who have spent less than 10 years living in another country. (There are some Japan Rail Pass exchange exceptions. Please confirm the Japan Rail Pass details above.)

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

2. JAPAN RAIL PASS TYPES & PRICES 
3. JAPAN RAIL PASS TRAIN
     ACCOMMODATIONS

2. JAPAN RAIL PASS TYPES & PRICES 
3. JAPAN RAIL PASS TRAIN
     ACCOMMODATIONS

Prices of Japan Rail Pass Exchange Orders
(As of April 2020)

Japan Rail Pass Type

Green

Ordinary

Duration

Adult   

Child

Adult

Child 

7-day 

39,600 YEN

19,800 YEN 

29,650 YEN

14,820 YEN 

14-day

64,120 YEN

32,060 YEN

47,250 YEN

23,620 YEN 

21-day

83,390 YEN

41,690 YEN

60,450 YEN

30,220 YEN 

Prices of Japan Rail Pass Exchange Orders
(As of April 2020)

Japan Rail Pass Type

Green

Duration

Adult   

Child

7-day 

39,600 YEN

19,800 YEN 

14-day

64,120 YEN

32,060 YEN

21-day

83,390 YEN

41,690 YEN

Japan Rail Pass Type

Ordinary

Duration

Adult

Child 

7-day 

29,650 YEN

14,820 YEN 

14-day

47,250 YEN

23,620 YEN 

21-day

60,450 YEN

30,220 YEN 

Notice on the Japan Rail Pass Price

  • The above are yen (V) prices for a JAPAN RAIL PASS; the actual cost in local currency is calculated based on the Banker’s Selling Rate (BSR), etc. at the time the JR Pass Exchange Order is issued. When purchasing JR Pass online, the JR Pass purchase amount will be settled in Japanese yen. Note that the JR Pass purchase exchange rate may differ from the exchange rate when you actually visit Japan. The local currency price, applicable exchange rate, and issue date for an Exchange Order are specified on the Exchange Order itself. 
  • The child JR PASS prices are applicable to children who are age 6 through 11 as of the issue date of the JR Pass Exchange Order, as of the JR Pass purchase date in the case of purchasing online, or as of the date of JR Pass purchase at a ticket office in Japan. (JR Pass prices are subject to change. The applicable price is the valid price on the date when a JR Pass Exchange Order is issued.) 

JAPAN RAIL PASS Train accommodations 

  • Most of JR trains have standard (second class) cars, and many of the long-distance trains have Green (first-class) Cars.
  • You may use JR Pass without paying any additional charges for both standard cars and Green Cars with a Green Car pass,
    and only standard cards with a standard car pass.
  • Please Click for the available trains, cars, and facilities.

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

4. JR PASS CONDITIONS FOR USE

4. JR PASS CONDITIONS FOR USE

  • When issuing a reserved-seat ticket and booking a reserved seat on the JRPR, a reserved-seat ticket may not be newly issued when falling under any of the following conditions.
    (a) The reserved-seat ticket you are booking is on the same day and has overlapping departure and arrival times with a reserved-seat ticket that has been issued previously
    (b) On the JRPR or at a reserved-seat ticket machine, the reserved-seat ticket you are booking is on the same day and has the same departure and arrival stations as a reserved-seat ticket that has been booked previously.
    (c) On the JRPR or at a reserved-seat ticket machine at a JR station, if reserved-seat tickets for more than 110 trains have already been issued on the JR PASS.
    (d) You may not book reserved seats even if they are open in situations such as when the number of seats is limited according to trains or sections.
  • Please be aware that reservation numbers are printed on the JR PASS and the reserved-seat tickets. Each User must use the reserved-seat tickets with the same reservation number as his/her JR PASS.
  • In the case of change or cancellation of a reserved seat, please perform the cancellation procedures for the reserved-seat ticket before the departure time of the train you booked.
  • If you use a non-reserved seat, or if you travel in an ordinary car using a Green Car pass, no refund will be paid for the fare or other charges
  • The JR PASS can be used only within its periods of us
  • The JR PASS cannot be exchanged for other types of passes or tickets, nor can the periods of use of the issued JR PASS be changed.
  • Please note that the JR PASS cannot be reissued in the event that it is lost or stolen.

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

4. JR PASS CONDITIONS FOR USE

4. JR PASS CONDITIONS FOR USE

  • If the ordinary JR PASS fails to be issued in the event of system failures, etc., the JR PASS limiting a part of functions (for example, the reserved-seat ticket machines or automatic ticket gates are not available) may be issued. However, a refund is not available for this reason
  • A JR Pass refund is only available before the starting date of periods of use, in principle. For a JR Pass refund, if there are any issued reserved-seat tickets, it is necessary to cancel all the issued reserved-seat tickets.
    (a) If the JR PASS is purchased on the JRPR you have not been issued the JR PASS, a refund is available on the JRPR. Refunds are available until 11:30 p.m. (Japan time) on the day preceding the starting date of periods of use of the JR PASS. If you already received the JR PASS, you can apply for a refund at the ticket offices where the JR PASS is distributed. In either case, a handling fee of 560 yen will be charged per JR PASS.
    (b) If you purchased a JR Pass Exchange Order in a country other than Japan, a refund for the exchanged JR PASS is available at the domestic exchange offices. A 10% handling fee of the sales price (Japanese yen) will be charged per JR PASS. If you want to get a refund for the JR Pass Exchange Order itself, apply for it at the sales office from which you purchased the JR Pass Exchange Order. For the JR Pass handling fee, please confirm with the JR Pass sales office.
    (c) If you purchased the JR PASS at a domestic sales office, a refund is available at the domestic sales offices. Please be aware that if you have purchased the JR PASS with a credit card, a JR Pass refund is available only at the sales office of the travel agency from which you purchased it. A 10% handling fee of the sales price (Japanese yen) will be charged per JR PASS.
  • Once you start using the JR PASS, the periods of use cannot be extended, nor will any refund be issued, even if trains and other qualifying transportation services are suspended or delayed for any reason, including natural disasters. Moreover, the JR Group will not bear additional costs due to changes in your route, such as alternative transportation costs or accommodation charges.
  • In addition to the terms and conditions set forth above, when using the JR PASS, you must obey the JR Group’s regulations, terms and conditions, and the laws of Japan. • Violation of the terms and conditions above or the JR Group’s regulations of use of the JR PASS may result in the invalidation and confiscation of the JR PASS, as well as the assessment of a penalty amounting to twice the basic fares and charges for all transportation services for which the JR PASS was used.

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

4. JR PASS CONDITIONS FOR USE

4. JR PASS CONDITIONS FOR USE

  • The official terms and conditions of the JR PASS are written in Japanese, and the text of the Japanese version will be given priority of interpretation in the event of questions regarding transportation conditions that may arise regarding conditions written in other languages. (*The details shown above are current as of June 2020, which may be subject to change.)
  • The JAPAN RAIL PASS (hereinafter referred to the “JR PASS”) is only valid for the person who meets the usage qualifications such as being a foreign national visiting Japan with the entry status of a Temporary Visitor.
  •  At the time of the purchase and exchange order of the JR PASS, your passport information will be registered to the JR PASS. The JR PASS is only valid for the person whose passport information is registered (hereinafter referred to as the “User”) and may not be reassigned to another person. In order to be issued the JR PASS, the User needs to exchange for it at the ticket office.
  •  A JR PASS with overlapping periods of use regardless of the type of JR PASS cannot be purchased or exchanged with the same passport information.
  •  When using your JR Pass, you can either pass through the automatic ticket gate or present it to an attendant at a manned ticket gate. At the manned ticket gate, the attendant will apply a stamp to your Pass. When passing through the manned ticket gate, always present your JR Pass to the attendant so that the period of validity is clearly visible.
  •  While using the JR PASS, you must always carry your passport and be prepared to present it to a station attendant or a car conductor when requested.
  •  The JR PASS is valid on all Japan Railways (JR) Group Shinkansen “bullet trains” (except for the “NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” trains), limited express trains, express trains, and local trains (Green Car passes are valid for Green Car travel) in addition to the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit system)

(a) The JR Pass is also valid for travel on the JR WEST Miyajima Ferry between Miyajima and Miyajimaguchi, buses operated by JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Tohoku Bus, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus, West Japan JR Bus, Chugoku JR Bus, JR Shikoku Bus, JR Kyushu Bus, and the Tokyo Monorail. However, please note that the JR PASS is not valid for travel on JR Group buses that travel on express bus routes and some local bus routes. The JR PASS is not valid for travel on the “NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” Shinkansen trains (including non-reserved seats on both). In order to board these trains, you must pay for the basic fare and the limited express charge.
(b) The routes covered by the JR PASS are subject to change.
(c) When using the JR PASS to travel on JR Trains that extend through lines operated by companies other than JR Railways, JR West Miyajima Ferry, JR Bus (excluding some routes such as express bus routes), and the Tokyo Monorail, you must pay a separate fare and other charges of the distance traveled on such sections. However, no separate fare or charges are required when you just pass through the following sections without a stopover.

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

4. JR PASS CONDITIONS FOR USE

4. JR PASS CONDITIONS FOR USE

  • The Aoimori Railway between Hachinohe and Aomori, Aomori and Noheji, or Hachinohe and Noheji (Valid only for use on ordinary trains). 
  • The IR Ishikawa Railway between Kanazawa and Tsubata (Excluding travel on trains other than JR lines extending beyond that section).
  • The Ainokaze Toyama Railway between Toyama and Takaoka (Valid only for use on ordinary trains, excluding travel on trains other than JR lines extending beyond that section). You must purchase a Liner ticket in addition to the JR PASS to use the “Ainokaze Liner.” The JR PASS itself does not guarantee you a seat. If you want to use a reserved seat, be sure to book a reserved seat (no additional payment needed). You can obtain a reserved-seat ticket at a reserved-seat ticket machine, at any JR station ticket office (Midori-no-madoguchi), or at any Travel Service Center, etc. before boarding. In addition, if you purchased the JR PASS on the “JAPAN RAIL PASS Reservation” (hereinafter referred to as “JRPR”), you can also book a reserved seat on the JRPR. Please note, you can use a non-reserved seat with the JR PASS, however, some trains do not have non-reserved seats. Also, if you wish to travel in a private compartment on a Shinkansen or a limited express train, you will be required to pay the limited express charge for the private compartment, as well as the Green Car charge if the private compartment is a Green Car accommodation. If you wish to travel in a sleeping car, a DX Green Car, Premium Green Car, or Gran Class Car, you will be required to pay the sleeping car charge, the Green Car charge applicable to a DX Green Car, the Premium Green Car charge, or the Gran Class Car charge, as well as the limited or regular express service charge. If you ride in a Green Car using an ordinary car pass, you will be required to pay the Green Car charge, as well as the limited or regular express service charge (No extra charge applies when using a Green Car pass). You must also pay an extra charge in advance to travel on a local train requiring a numbered ticket or a liner ticket. The JR PASS does not allow you to change to a reserved seat or sleeping car after boarding.

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

5. JAPAN RAIL PASS SCOPE OF VALIDITY

5. JAPAN RAIL PASS SCOPE OF VALIDITY

The JAPAN RAIL PASS is valid for the railways, buses, and ferry boats shown in the table below.

nimble_asset_Railway-1

All JR Group Railways-Shinkansen “bullet trains” (except any reserved or non-reserved seat on “NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” trains) limited express trains, express trains, and rapid or local trains, and the BRT. (With some exceptions)

  • JAPAN RAIL PASS holders can also use the Tokyo Monorail.
  • Aoimori Railway services between Aomori and Hachinohe (but only for travel on local or rapid service trains encompassing the segments between Hachinohe and Aomori, Aomori and Noheji, and Hachinohe and Noheji. Travel is not covered if you disembark at any other station on the Aoimori Railway line other than Aomori, Noheji, and Hachinohe.) 
  • The IR Ishikawa Railway Line between Kanazawa and Tsubata. However, travel must be conducted on local or limited express trains and must encompass the full segment between these two stations. Travel is not covered if you disembark at any station on the IR Ishikawa Railway line, within or outside the segment (excluding Kanazawa or Tsubata).
  • The Ainokaze Toyama Railway Line between Toyama and Takaoka. However, travel must be conducted on local trains and must encompass the full segment between these two stations. Travel is not covered if you disembark at any station on the Ainokaze Toyama Railway line, within or outside the segment (excluding Toyama or Takaoka). 

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

ABOUT JAPAN RAIL PASS

5. JAPAN RAIL PASS SCOPE OF VALIDITY

5. JAPAN RAIL PASS SCOPE OF VALIDITY

JR Pass Usage Condition Remark 

  • The JAPAN RAIL PASS is not valid for any seats, reserved or non-reserved, on “NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo, and Kyushu Shinkansen lines. 
  • (The JR pass holders must take “HIKARI,” “SAKURA,” “KODAMA,” or “TSUBAME” trains.) If you use a “NOZOMI” or “MIZUHO” train, you must pay the JR Pass basic fare and the limited express charge, and for a Green Car, the additional Green Car surcharge. 
  • In addition, if you use the GranClass car of the Tohoku Shinkansen, Hokkaido Shinkansen, Joetsu Shinkansen and Hokuriku Shinkansen, you must pay the limited express charge and the GranClass car surcharge. 
  •  Note also that passengers using JR trains on non-JR lines must pay additional fares and charges for sections traveled on such lines. Some JR trains use the lines of private railways for direct services.

Major JR Trains Running Through Non-JR Lines and the Sections Concerned

nimble_asset_buses
  • Local lines of JR Bus (excluding some local lines. Pass validity for particular routes is subject to change.)
  • (JR Bus: JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus, West Japan JR Bus, Chugoku JR Bus, JR Shikoku Bus, JR Kyushu Bus)
  • The PASS is not valid for travel on express bus routes operated by JR Bus.
nimble_asset_Ferry
  • Only the JR-WEST Miyajima ferry is covered.
  • Hydrofoil ferry service operated by JR-KYUSHU between Hakata and Pusan (Korea) is not covered.