JAPAN RAIL PASS
You must purchase your JAPAN RAIL PASS before coming to Japan.
However, the PASS is also being sold at certain sales offices in Japan from March 8, 2017 to March 31, 2018.
Procedures of purchasing your JAPAN RAIL PASS in a country other than Japan
Buy your Exchange Order for the JAPAN RAIL PASS at one of the following sales offices or agents before coming to Japan.
JTB Corp., Nippon Travel Agency, KINTETSU INTERNATIONAL, Tobu Top Tours, Japan Airlines, ANA Sales Americas(Los Angeles)*1, JALPAK, and their associated agencies.
*If you purchase JAPAN RAIL PASS outside Japan, you must purchase an Exchange Order at an authorized sales agent or sales office before coming to Japan.

*1 In this case, you must book an ANA Group flight.
The clerk at the location where you purchase your Exchange Order will explain the eligibility requirements for the JAPAN RAIL PASS. Be sure that you understand these requirements before purchasing an Exchange Order.
In the event that you are unable to receive a PASS because you fail to meet the eligibility requirements, the JR Group is not liable for any charges or fees associated with your use of JR lines while in Japan.
If you are unable to receive a PASS, you can return your Exchange Order to the overseas travel agency from which you purchased it for a refund.
(*Fees apply.)
If you have any questions about the Exchange Order, please inquire directly at the travel office where you made the purchase.
Information regarding sales offices
After you arrive in JAPAN, you have to turn in your Exchange Order to receive your JAPAN RAIL PASS at a JAPAN RAIL PASS exchange office in a major JR station. (See "Stations with JAPAN RAIL PASS exchange office")
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Some sales offices and agents may be closed over the year end/New Year holiday period. Addresses and contact details of sales offices and agents are subject to change or discontinuation without notice.
Present your Exchange Order and obtain your JAPAN RAIL PASS after you arrive in Japan.
You have to turn in your Exchange Order (with your passport) to receive your JAPAN RAIL PASS at a JAPAN RAIL PASS exchange office in a major JR station.
You cannot use an Exchange Order when you travel on JR lines. Turn in your Exchange Order and obtain your JAPAN RAIL PASS at one of the JAPAN RAIL PASS exchange offices.
(Please note the Service hours and closing days.)
Your Exchange Order must be turned in for a JAPAN RAIL PASS within three months of the date the Order was issued.
(for example, an Exchange Order issued on April 15 would have to be turned in by July 14)
*It may take time to turn in your Exchange Order and receive a JAPAN RAIL PASS if the service counter is busy. Please ensure you leave enough time when you visit the exchange office.
At the exchange office, you will be asked to fill in a short application form and to show your passport with the Temporary Visitor stamp/sticker you received on entry into Japan. When exchanging the Exchange Order for a JAPAN RAIL PASS, you must show your passport* and the Temporary Visitor stamp/sticker.
*In order to receive a JAPAN RAIL PASS, the name appearing on the claim ticket must match the name appearing in your passport.
*Without your passport, the pass exchange will not be made. (A photocopy of your passport is also not acceptable because you must show the "Temporary Visitor" stamp/sticker in it.)
The type of PASS describe on the Exchange Order cannot be changed.
If the Exchange Order is lost or stolen, or you are unable to provide it for another reason, no exchange for a JAPAN RAIL PASS can be made.
You will not be able to exchange your Exchange Order for a PASS if you fail to satisfy the eligibility requirements.
After turning in your Exchange Order for a JAPAN RAIL PASS, you can make seat reservations at a “Midori-no-madoguchi” (ticket office).
There is no additional charge for making seat reservation. To make a reservation, go to any Travel Service Center or a “Midori-no-madoguchi” (ticket office) at a JR station, or to the sales office of a JR-associated travel agency. There, show your PASS, and obtain your reserved-seat ticket before the boarding. (“Nozomi” and “Mizuho” trains and the trains marked with in this table require the payment of an additional charge.)
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Seat reservations cannot be made at unmanned stations or stations without reservation capability.
Shinkansen, most limited express and ordinary express trains have reserved Green Car seats and both reserved and non-reserved ordinary car seats.
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(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. Please use “HIKARI,” “SAKURA,” “KODAMA,” and “TSUBAME” trains.)
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Some trains have no non-reserved seating (all seats are reserved).

Pictogram of a "Midori-no-madoguchi" (Ticket Office)
A non-reserved seat (except for “NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen) can be used simply by showing your JAPAN RAIL PASS.
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There are no Green Cars on most “HIKARI” and “KODAMA” trains on the Sanyo Shinkansen line (Shin-Osaka—Hakata), or on Series 800 trains on the Kyushu Shinkansen line.
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Use of Homeliner or other Liner trains is subject to additional fees.
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It may take time to make a seat reservation if the service counter is busy. Please ensure you leave enough time to make your reservation.
Note: Do not use an automatic ticket gate with a JAPAN RAIL PASS or a reserved-seat ticket. Please show the PASS at a Staff Attended Gate.
Please note that during crowded periods you cannot be guaranteed a seat on a specific train. The periods when seat reservations are particularly difficult to secure are as follows:
■ April 27 to May 6
 On consecutive holidays during common travel seasons, some trains are crowded.
■ August 11 to 20
 During the Obon season, some trains are crowded with people returning to their hometowns.
■ December 28 to January 6
 The year end/New Year holiday period is the most popular travel time for Japanese people, for vacations and returns to hometown areas.
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