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Japan Rail Pass

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This pass is great because...

  • It’s the best way to discover Japan and it’s valid on most Japanese “Bullet Trains”
  • It’s cheaper than two Point to Point tickets
  • You can enjoy unlimited train travel within validity of this pass and the freedom to hop-on/hop-off
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  • 1. Description

    Japan is a fascinating mix of ancient cultures and cutting edge technology, a country steeped in tradition and culture where colourful shrines sit happily alongside vibrant mega-cities. Visiting Japan is an experience to savor and there's no better way to do that than with a Japan Rail Pass.

    What Is a Japan Rail Pass?

    Japan Rail Passes are exclusively for tourists; you can't buy one from within the country, so it must be booked before you make you trip. You will be sent a voucher called an ‘exchange order’ and once in Japan, you validate this voucher at a Japan Railways travel centre (at most major rail stations and airports) and at that point you choose the date you want your pass to start from.

    A Japan Rail Pass can be valid for 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days, and it allows for unlimited travel during that period on most of Japan Railways' extensive network, including the world famous bullet trains.

    Interestingly, Japan Rail Passes are also valid for affiliated buses and ferries, so if you plan to travel extensively across Japan this pass offers excellent value for money.

    You can choose from a Green Pass (first class) or an Ordinary Japan Rail Pass – first class travel in Japan is usually quieter and less busy, but ordinary train travel is always fast, clean and super-efficient in any case.

    What Are the Trains Like?

    All long distance trains in Japan have comfortable seats, which can be reclined and can also be turned around to face in the opposite direction; useful if you are travelling in a group.

    The Shinkansen, or bullet trains, really are incredibly fast – although there are different types of bullet train services, some of which are speedier than others. Again, the trains themselves are comfortable, with plenty of leg room, and onboard vending machines and drinks trolleys.

    Rail travel is the perfect way to see Japan. Get started on your Japanese adventure today!

  • 2. Eligibility

    So who is eligible for a Japan Rail Pass?

    You're eligible if you are a foreign tourist visiting Japan from abroad for sight-seeing, under the entry status of "Temporary Visitor".

    "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 shownhere. Only people who have a passport bearing this stamp can use a Japan Rail Pass.

    IMPORTANT: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 "Re-entry 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.

  • 3. Eligibility for Saver


  • 4. Discount

    The Pass is excellent value for money with the 7 Day Ordinary Pass costing the same as one return ticket between Tokyo and Kyoto.  The Japan Rail Pass also offers holders a 10% discount on reservations made locally for hotels within the Japan Rail Hotel Group (your Pass must be shown at check-in).

  • 5. Validity

    For periods of 7, 14 or 21 days of consecutive travel, starting from your first day of travel.

    Please note: An exchange order must be exchanged for a Japan Rail Pass within three months from the date the order was issued.

  • 6. Terms and Conditions

    Exchange procedure
    Once in Japan, In order to obtain your Japan Rail Pass, you will need to exchange your voucher (“Exchange Order”) at a JR office, which can be found at the airport or in the main train stations. At the JR office, you need to complete a form which will be handed to you, and show the entry stamp on your passport. When exchanging your voucher you will have to decide the date you want to start using your pass – which must be within 30 days from the date you are making the exchange. You have 3 months from the Exchange Order issuing date to obtain your Japan Rail Pass. Please make sure you are carrying the original Passport, as well as the original Exchange Order, as photocopy of either will not be accepted! .

    Any alterations made to the exchange order or pass after the exchange, make the document invalid and non-refundable.

    Refund of an Exchange Order
    An Exchange Order can be refunded only at the office where it was issued, within one year of the issue date – provided it has not been exchanged for a Pass. The refund will be subject to a 15% cancellation charge and relevant administration charges at the time of cancellation.

    Refund of a Japan Rail Pass
    A Pass cannot be refunded once you have started using it; however in exceptional cases evaluated by Japan Rail, a Pass could be refunded if you have not started using it, i.e. before the first date of use, at the Agency where purchased, less cancellation and administration fees. Please note that the pass is non-refundable on or after the first date of use..

    Duplicate passes and/or Exchange Orders cannot be issued if lost or stolen. Please ensure it's safe keeping.

    The Japan Rail Pass is not valid for travel, reserved or non-reserved, on the “Nozomi” and “Mizuho” Shinkansen services; to board these services, you must pay the full fare.