About the Japan Rail (JR) Pass - Japan National Tourism Organization



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 October 2019)

Price (outside Japan)

Green (1st class)

7-day: Adult 39,600 yen, Child 19,800 yen

14-day: Adult 64,120 yen, Child 32,060 yen

21-day: Adult 83,390 yen, Child 41,690 yen

Ordinary

7-day: Adult 29,650 yen, Child 14,820 yen

14-day: Adult 47,250 yen, Child 23,620 yen

21-day: Adult 60,450 yen, Child 30,220 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.

From 1 June 2017, Japanese nationals living overseas may also purchase the Japan Rail Pass if they meet the revised conditions found here.

An “Exchange Order” for the JR Pass can 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.

Domestic Sale (updated October 2019)

Since 2018 the JR pass is also being sold within Japan. Currently they have only confirmed the ability to purchase it in Japan until 31 March 2020 and may extend this period.

Usage period

Price (within Japan)

Green (1st class)

7-day: Adult 44,810 yen, Child 22,400 yen

14-day: Adult 72,310 yen, Child 36,150 yen

21-day: Adult 91,670 yen, Child 45,830 yen

Ordinary

7-day: Adult 33,610 yen, Child 16,800 yen

14-day: Adult 52,960 yen, Child 26,480 yen

21-day: Adult 66,200 yen, Child 33,100 yen

Eligibility

The JR Pass is available only to overseas travellers that enter Japan as a Temporary Visitor with a passport issued by a country other than Japan. Passports will be checked at time of purchase.

Japanese Nationals residing overseas are not eligible.

Sales locations

Most Exchange offices (for use by those with an Exchange Order purchased overseas) also sell the JR Pass domestically, with a few differences. For a full list of sales locations, please check the official list of exchange and sales offices.

Further information

Japan Rail Pass – official site