JAPAN RAIL PASS

Conditions for Use

ジャパン・レール・パス

JAPAN RAIL PASS, a joint offering of the six companies comprising the Japan Railways Group (JR Group), is the economical and convenient means of traveling throughout Japan by rail.

There are two types of PASSes: PASS for Green Cars and PASS for Standard Cars. Each type can be purchased for 7 days, 14 days or 21 days.

There are certain conditions for use. For example, "NOZOMI" and "MIZUHO" trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen Lines cannot be used.

Eligibility for use

Before buying JAPAN RAIL PASS, carefully check the following to make sure you meet the eligibility requirements!

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. Even if you have an Exchange Order or have purchased a PASS online, if you do not meet the qualifications for using the JAPAN RAIL PASS, you will be unable to exchange it or pick it up. Please confirm the usage qualifications thoroughly prior to purchasing an Exchange Order or PASS.
Also, if you do not meet the 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 prior to leaving your country.

Eligibility for use①

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

Examples of the Temporary Visitor entry status stamp
Examples of the "Temporary Visitor" entry status stamp

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 below.

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

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.

Caution

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.

Eligibility for use②

Japanese people living abroad who meet the following conditions

Caution ①・②

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.)

JAPAN RAIL PASS types and prices

●If you are purchasing a JAPAN RAIL PASS online
or at a ticket office in Japan

Eligibility to purchase the JAPAN RAIL PASS through this method:

Eligibility for use①

■Prices of Exchange Orders (As of April 2020)
Type Green Ordinary
Duration Adult Child Adult Child
7-day 44,810 YEN 22,400 YEN 33,610 YEN 16,800 YEN
14-day 72,310 YEN 36,150 YEN 52,960 YEN 26,480 YEN
21-day 91,670 YEN 45,830 YEN 66,200 YEN 33,100 YEN

Updated on April 1, 2020

Until March 31, 2021, it has been released in some parts of Japan.
Use is limited to those who have a passport only outside Japan(Not available for Japanese nationals residing overseas).

●If you purchase an Exchange Order at a JR-designated sales office or agent overseas

Eligibility to purchase the JAPAN RAIL PASS through this method:

Eligibility for use①Eligibility for use②

■Prices of Exchange Orders (As of April 2020)
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

Notice about the prices
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The above are yen (¥) 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 Exchange Order is issued. When purchasing online, the purchase amount will be settled in Japanese yen. Note that the 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 PASS prices are applicable to children who are age 6 through 11 as of the issue date of the Exchange Order, as of the purchase date in the case of purchasing online, or as of the date of purchase at a ticket office in Japan.
(Prices are subject to change. The applicable price is the valid price on the date when an Exchange Order is issued.)

JAPAN RAIL PASS Scope of Validity

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

Railway
Railway

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).

Caution

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 pass holders must take “HIKARI,” “SAKURA,” “KODAMA,” or “TSUBAME” trains.) If you use a “NOZOMI” or “MIZUHO” train, you must pay the 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 Tōhoku Shinkansen, Hokkaido Shinkansen, Jōetsu 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

Train Main route Section requiring separate fares - charges Private railway company involved
Shirayuki Niigata - Joetsumyoukou/Arai Naoetsu - Joetsumyoko/Arai Echigo TOKImeki Railway
Nikko Shinjuku - Tobu Nikko Kurihashi - Tobu Nikko Tobu Railway
Kinugawa, Spacia Kinugawa Shinjuku - Kinugawa Onsen Kurihashi - Kinugawa Onsen
Odoriko, Super View Odoriko Shinjuku/Tokyo - Izukyu-Shimoda Ito - Izukyu-Shimoda Izukyu
Odoriko Tokyo - Shuzenji Mishima - Shuzenji Izuhakone Railway
FUJI EXCURSION Shinjuku - Kawaguchiko Ōtsuki - Kawaguchiko Fujikyu Railway
Mt.Fuji Gotemba - (Odakyu) Shinjuku Matsuda - (Odakyu) Shinjuku Odakyu Electric Railway
(Wide View) Nanki Nagoya - Shingu Kawarada - Tsu Ise Tetsudo Railway
Rapid “Mie” Nagoya - Toba
Hashidate, Tango Relay Kyoto - Amanohashidate/Toyooka Fukuchiyama - Toyooka Kyoto Tango Railway
Kounotori Shin-Osaka - Amanohashidate
Super Hakuto Kyoto - Tottori/Kurayoshi Kamigori - Chizu Chizu Express
Super Inaba Okayama - Tottori
Shimanto, Ashizuri Takamatsu/Kochi - Nakamura/Sukumo Kubokawa - Nakamura/Sukumo Tosa Kuroshio Railway
Buses
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.

Ferry
Ferry

Only the JR-WEST Miyajima ferry is covered.

Hydrofoil ferry service operated by JR-KYUSHU between Hakata and Pusan (Korea) is not covered.

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 without paying any additional charges both standard cars and Green Cars with a Green Car pass and only standard cards with a standard car pass.

Please see the table below for the available trains, cars and facilities.

Trains Accommodations Green Ordinary
“NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” trains
on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen
※1
Green Car × ×
Ordinary Car × ×
“HIKARI,” “SAKURA,” “KODAMA” and “TSUBAME” trains
on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen and any trains
on the Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Hokkaido, Joetsu
and Hokuriku Shinkansen.
GranClass
※4
Green Car ●※2
Ordinary Car
Ordinary private Compartment
Limited express and ordinary express Green Car ●※3
Ordinary Car
Green private Compartment
Ordinary private Compartment
Sleeping Car
Local and rapid trains Green Car
Ordinary Car

The cars with ● can be used with JAPAN RAIL PASS. Use of the cars with ★ requires paying additional charges.

  • The JAPAN RAIL PASS is not valid for any seats, reserved (incl. Green Car) or non-reserved, on ”NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” trains.
  • There are no Green Cars on most “HIKARI” and “KODAMA” trains on the Sanyo Shinkansen line (Shin-Osaka~Hakata), or on some “SAKURA” and “TSUBAME” Series 800 trains on the Kyushu Shinkansen line.
  • If you use a “DX Green” (operated by JR Kyushu) or "Premium Green" (operated by JR East), you must additionally pay the limited express charge and the DX Green or Premium Green surcharge.
  • If you use the GranClass car, only the basic fare is covered with your JAPAN RAIL PASS for both Green Car and Ordinary Cars and you must pay the limited express charge and the GranClass car surcharge additionally.
  • Private Compartments are available on some “HIKARI” trains on the Sanyo Shinkansen line.
  • Green Private Compartments are available on certain limited express trains, such as “Saphir Odoriko.”
  • Use of “Home Liner” and other “Liner” trains requires an additional charge.

Conditions for Use

  • The JAPAN RAIL PASS (hereinafter referred to the “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 PASS, your passport information will be registered to the PASS. The 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 PASS, the User needs to exchange for it at the ticket office.
  • A PASS with overlapping periods of use regardless of the type of PASS cannot be purchased or exchanged with the same passport information.
  • When using your 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 Pass to the attendant so that the period of validity is clearly visible.
  • While using the PASS, you must always carry your passport and be prepared to present it to a station attendant or a car conductor when requested.
  • The 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). The 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 PASS is not valid for travel on JR Group buses that travel on express bus routes and some local bus routes.
    • The 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.
    • The routes covered by the PASS are subject to change.
    • When using the 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.
    • 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 PASS to use the “Ainokaze Liner.”
  • The 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 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 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 PASS does not allow you to change to a reserved seat or sleeping car after boarding.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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 with a reserved-seat ticket that has been booked previously.
    • 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 PASS.
    • 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 section.
  • Please be aware that reservation numbers are printed on the PASS and the reserved-seat tickets. Each User must use the reserved-seat tickets with the same reservation number as his/her 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 PASS can be used only within its periods of use.
  • The PASS cannot be exchanged for other types of passes or tickets, nor can the periods of use of the issued PASS be changed.
  • Please note that the PASS cannot be reissued in the event that it is lost or stolen.
  • If the ordinary PASS fails to be issued in the event of system failures, etc., the 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 refund is only available before the starting date of periods of use, in principle. For a refund, if there are any issued reserved-seat tickets, it is necessary to cancel all the issued reserved-seat tickets.
    • If the PASS is purchased on the JRPR you have not been issued the 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 PASS. If you already received the PASS, you can apply for a refund at the ticket offices where the PASS is distributed. In either case, a handling fee of 560 yen will be charged per PASS.
    • If you purchased an Exchange Order in a country other than Japan, a refund for the exchanged PASS is available at the domestic exchange offices. A 10% handling fee of the sales price (Japanese yen) will be charged per PASS. If you want to get a refund for the Exchange Order itself, apply for it at the sales office from which you purchased the Exchange Order. For the handling fee, please confirm with the sale office.
    • If you purchased the PASS at a domestic sales office, a refund is available at the domestic sales offices. Please be aware that if you have purchased the PASS with a credit card, a 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 PASS.
  • Once you start using the 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 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 PASS may result in the invalidation and confiscation of the PASS, as well as assessment of a penalty amounting to twice the basic fares and charges for all transportation services for which the PASS was used.
  • The official terms and conditions of the 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.)