The Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) is a very cost effective rail pass for long distance train travel in Japan.
The pass can be used by foreign tourists only, and offers unlimited use of JR trains for 7-day, 14-day or 21-day. It comes in two types: ordinary and green car. The latter is valid on green cars that offer more spacious seats than ordinary cars.
The Japan Rail Pass (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” service), limited express trains, express trains and rapid or local trains. 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 Tokal Bus, West Japan JR Bus, Chugoku JR Bus, JR Kyushu Bus) and JR-WEST Miyajima ferry.
The JAPAN RAIL PASS is a special fare ticket that is available only to travelers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sightseeing.To be eligible to purchase a JAPAN RAIL PASS you must meet one of the following two conditions.
Examples of the “Temporary Visitor” entry status stamp
*In order to receive or use JAPAN RAIL PASS, your passport must bear this stamp or sticker.
*If you use an automated gate, no stamp will be applied to your passport. Either use a manned automated gate or ask a clerk to apply the stamp to your passport.
Even if you visit Japan with an Exchange Order, to be turned in for a JAPAN RAIL PASS, the 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 Exchange Order for a JAPAN RAIL PASS. Please note that according to 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.
Customers who do not meet either of the conditions (1), (2) above will not be able to purchase an Exchange Order or exchange one for a PASS. In addition, if the documentation customers prepare does not meet the conditions for eligibility, they will not be allowed to purchase an Exchange Order or exchange it for a 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 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 Exchange Order must also be presented when exchanged it for a 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, 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 exceptions. Please confirm the details above.)
The JAPAN RAIL PASS is valid for the railways, buses, and ferry boats shown in below: