Eligibility for use
JAPAN RAIL PASS types and prices
JAPAN RAIL PASS Scope of Validity
JAPAN RAIL PASS Train accommodations
JAPAN RAIL PASS, a joint offering of the six companies comprising the Japan Railways Group (JR Group), is the most economical means of travelling throughout Japan by rail.
There are some restrictions on use; for example, JAPAN RAIL PASS cannot be used for travel on NOZOMI and MIZUHO trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo, and Kyushu Shinkansen lines.
If you do not have the required qualifications for the JAPAN RAIL PASS, you will be unable to buy an Exchange Order or submit one to receive a PASS.
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.
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.
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.)
There are two types of JAPAN RAIL PASS: Green (for superior-class Green cars), and Ordinary. Each of these types is available as a 7-day, 14-day, or 21-day PASS. Please refer to JAPAN RAIL PASS Scope of Validity regarding travel allowed with the various types of passes.
|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|
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.
(Prices are subject to change. The applicable price is the price valid on the date when an Exchange Order is issued. )
The dates correspond to the local time zone of the Exchange Order sellers.
Prices shown are accurate as of October 2019. They are subject to change.
JAPAN RAIL PASS is sold at some sales offices in Japan until March 31, 2020.
Restricted to individuals who possess only a passport issued by a country other than Japan (purchases cannot be made by Japanese nationals living overseas). The sale details after the above date will be announced later.
・The JAPAN RAIL PASS is valid for the railways, buses, and ferry boats shown in the table below.
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)
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.
Only the JR-WEST Miyajima ferry is covered.
Hydrofoil ferry service operated by JR-KYUSHU between Hakata and Pusan (Korea) is not covered.
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|
|Nanpu, Shimanto, Ashizuri||Okayama/Takamatsu/Kochi - Nakamura/Sukumo||Kubokawa - Nakamura/Sukumo||Tosa Kuroshio Railway|
Most JR trains have Ordinary Cars (coach class) while many long-distance trains also offer Green Cars (superior class). With a Green-type JAPAN RAIL PASS you can use either class, while with an Ordinary-type JAPAN RAIL PASS you can use only Ordinary Cars without paying an additional charge. Refer to the table below for details. The cars with ● can be used with JAPAN RAIL PASS. Use of the cars with ★ requires paying additional charges.
“NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” trains
on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen
“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.
|Ordinary private Compartment||★||★|
|Limited express and ordinary express||Green Car||●※3||★|
|Green private Compartment||★||★|
|Ordinary private Compartment||★||★|
|Local and rapid trains||Green Car||●||★|
Conditions for Use