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JAPAN RAIL PASS ... The Key To Convenient Sight-seeing In Japan.

The JAPAN RAIL PASS is offered by the six companies that make up the Japan Railways Group (JR Group).
The most convenient, efficient, and economical to travel throughout Japan.

Who is eligible for a JAPAN RAIL PASS?

The JAPAN RAIL PASS is a special ticket that is available only to travelers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sight -seeing. You are eligible to purchase a JAPAN RAIL PASS if you meet one of the following two conditions:



 

1.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 shown below. Only persons who have a passport bearing this stamp can use a JAPAN RAIL PASS.

 
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.

2.You are a Japanese national living in a foreign country

 

a.who is qualified to live permanently in that country, orb.who is married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than JapanNote: Persons meeting conditions a or b above must be required to show proof of same at the point of purchase of an Exchange Order and obtaining a JAPAN RAIL PASS.Also note: The former condition about a Japanese national "who has been living in a foreign country for ten or more years" is discontinued from 1 April 2004 purchase.

 

JAPAN RAIL PASS types and prices

 

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.See "JAPAN RAIL PASS validity", for services that can be used with a JAPAN RAIL PASS

Type:
Green
Ordinary
Duration
Adult
Child
Adult
Child
7-day
38,880 YEN
19,440 YEN
29,110 YEN
14,550 YEN
14-day
62,950 YEN
31,470 YEN
46,390 YEN
23,190 YEN
21-day
81,870 YEN
40,930 YEN
59,350 YEN
29,670 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. )

*Prices shown are accurate as of March 2016. Prices are subject to change.

 

JAPAN RAIL PASS validity

1. Transportation services

The JAPAN RAIL PASS is valid for the railways, buses, and ferry boats.

Railways: All JR Group Railways-Shinkansen"bullet trains" (except any reserved or non-reserved seat on "NOZOMI" trains), limited express trains, express trains, and rapid or local trains. (With some exceptions)
Buses:

Local lines of JR bus companies (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) and some of JR highway bus services*.

* Sapporo-Otaru; Morioka- Hirosaki; Tokyo-Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka,Tsukuba Center; Nagoya-Kyoto, Osaka; Osaka-Tsuyama, Kasai Flower Center
Ferry: Only the JR Miyajima ferry is covered. The JR Hakata-Pusan ( Korea) ferry is not covered.
 
Important notes:
The JAPAN RAIL PASS is not valid for any seats, reserved or non-reserved, on "NOZOMI" trains on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines.(The pass holders must take "HIKARI" or "KODAMA" trains.)If you use a "NOZOMI," you must pay the basic fare and the limited express charge, and for a Green Car the Green 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.
 

2. Train accommodations

- 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

- There are no Green Cars on most HIKARI and KODAMA trains on the Sanyo Shinkansen line (Shin-Osaka  -Hakata), or on TSUBAME trains on the Kyushu Shinkansen line(Shin-Yatsushiro ·Kagoshima)

Trains
Accomodations
Green
Ordinary
"NOZOMI" trains* on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen
Green Car
Ordinary Car
"HIKARI" and "KODAMA" trains on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinknasen and any trains on the Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Joetsu, Nagano and Kyushu Shinkansen< /td> Green Car
Ordinary Car
Ordinary private Compartment
Limited express and ordinary express
Green Car
**
Ordinary Car
Green private Compartment
Ordinary private Compartment
Sleeping Car
Local and rapid trains
Green Car
Ordinary Car
Remarks:
* The JAPAN RAIL PASS is not valid for any seats, reserved (incl. Green Car) or non-reserved, on NOZOMI· trains.
** If you use a "DX Green" on "Relay TSUBAME" train (operated by JR Kyushu), you must pay the limited express charge in addition to the DX Green charge.
- Private Compartments are available on some of  "HIKARI" and "KODAMA" trains on the Sanyo Shinkansen.
- Green Private Compartments are on certain limited express trains, such as "NARITA EXPRESS" and "Super-view Odoriko."
- Use of "Home Liner" and other "liner" trains requires an additional charge.

3. Validity period

- The validity period of a JAPAN RAIL PASS is the consecutive 7, 14, or 21 days beginning on the date the PASS is first used.

- Within three months from the date the Exchange Order was issued, you must turn in your Exchange Order to obtain your JAPAN RAIL PASS. At that time, you have to specify the date that you want to start using the PASS. It can be any date within one month from the date the PASS is received.


Where exchange orders are sold

JAPAN RAIL PASS Cannot be purchased inside Japan!!!

You need to purchase a JAPAN RAIL PASS Exchange Order from an authorized sales agent before you come to Japan.
After you arrive in Japan, you turn in the Exchange Order to receive your JAPAN RAIL PASS at an applicable JR station that has a JAPAN RAIL PASS exchange office.

How to turn in an Exchange Order to receive a Japan Rail Pass

You can not 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.

Your Exchange Order must be turned in for a Japan Rail Pass within 3 months of the date the Order was issued.

At the JR Pass Exchange offices, fill in an application form to accompany your Exchange Order, and submit it, along with your passport, when you turn in your Exchange Order.

They type of Pass described on the Exchange Order can not be changed

How to use reserved seat

Shinkansen and most limited express and ordinary express trains have reserved Green car seats and both reserved and non-reserved ordinary car seats. A non-reserved seat can be used simply by showing your JAPAN RAIL PASS.

To use a reserved seat, apply at any Travel Service Center or reserved-seat ticket office (Midori-no-madoguchi) at a JR station, or at a sales office of a JR-associated travel agency. There, show your JAPAN RAIL PASS, and obtain your reserved-seat ticket before you trip.

* Seat reservations cannot be made outside Japan!!

Do not use an automatic ticket-reading gate with a Japan Rail Pass . Please show the Pass at a manned ticket gate.

Caution

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.

*  December 29 to January 5
The New Year holiday period is the most popular travel time for Japanese people, for vacations and returns to hometown areas.

* April 29 to May 5
Due to consecutive holidays in a comfortable travel season, there is large - scale travel throughout Japan for leisure and recreation.

 

* August 13 to 15
Another time for traditional travel to hometown areas, called the o-bon season.

 

Purchase an Exchange Order before you come to Japan!!!

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Last updated: 23-September-2016

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