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.
you visit Japan with an Exchange Order, to be turned in for aJapan 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 aJapan
Rail Pass. Please note that according to strict interpretation of the
Japanese Immigration Law,"Temporary
even from other types of stays that are also for only short time periods.
A JR West Rail Pass cannot be issued to a Japanese resident.