Japan Rail Pass

About the Japan Rail Pass

The Japan Rail (JR) Pass is a special pass valid for unlimited travel on Japan Railways (JR) transportation, including all JR trains (shinkansen “bullet trains” except “NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” services, limited express trains, express trains and rapid or local trains)*, JR bus company local lines (JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus, West Japan JR Bus, Chugoku JR Bus, JR Kyushu Bus) and the JR Miyajima ferry.

*JR Pass holders can also use the Tokyo Monorail

* The Pass is not valid for travel on express bus routes operated by JR bus companies

Prices of Exchange Orders (as of September 2015)

38,880 YEN
19,440 YEN
29,110 YEN
14,550 YEN
62,950 YEN
31,470 YEN
46,390 YEN
23,190 YEN
81,870 YEN
40,930 YEN
59,350 YEN
29,670 YEN

The above are yen (¥) prices for a JAPAN RAIL PASS Exchange Order ; the actual cost in local currency is calculated based on the Banker’s Selling Rate (BSR), etc.at the time the Exchange Order is issued. Note that the purchase exchange rate may differ from the exchange rate in effect 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.

*Children who are age 6 through 11 as of the date on which the exchange order is issued are eligible for child PASS prices.

Who is eligible for a Japan Rail Pass?

The JR Pass is available only to overseas visitors that enter Japan as a Temporary Visitor. This includes sightseeing, visiting relatives, inspection tours, conferences and meetings or other activities during a short stay in Japan.

Note: Visitors who enter Japan under other statuses including: “Re-entry Permit”, “Entertainer” or “Trainee” are not eligible.

For complete information on entering Japan, please check with your nearest Japanese Consulate-General or Embassy.

Japanese nationals living overseas may also purchase the Japan Rail Pass if they:

a) qualify to live permanently in that country or

b) are married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than Japan

An “Exchange Order” for the JR Pass must be purchased outside of Japan from an authorised sales agent.

On arrival in Japan, visit a JR Station with a JR Pass exchange office with your Exchange Order and passport to receive the JR Pass.

Further information

Japan Rail Pass – official site