Japan: JR Pass


Japan Rail Pass

Japan Railways has 12,400 miles of track, it is possible to travel almost anywhere in the country by train. The Japan Rail Pass can provide you with convenience and great savings if used wisely. There are no restrictions on date or season for the pass.

Green Pass is for first class cars and Ordinary Pass is for coach class cars.
 
Ordinary
Green 
Type Of Pass
Duration
Adult
Child
6-11 Yrs
Adult
Child
6-11 Yrs
Japan Rail Pass
7 Days 
JPY 29,110
JPY 14,550
JPY 38,800
JPY 19,440
14 Days 
JPY 46,390
JPY 23,190
JPY 62,950
JPY 31,470
21 Days 
JPY 59,350
JPY 29,670
JPY 81,870
JPY 40,930
JR East Pass
5 days
within 14 Days
JPY 22,000
JPY 11,000
 
 
JR West Pass
(Sanyo Area)
4 Days
JPY 20,570
JPY 10,280
 
 
8 Days
JPY 30,860
JPY 15,430
 
 
JR West Pass
(Kansai Area)
1 Day
JPY 2,060
JPY 1,030
 
 
2 Days
JPY 4,110
JPY 2,050
 
 
3 Days
JPY 5,140
JPY 2,570
 
 
4 Days
JPY 6,170
JPY 3,080
   
JR West Pass
(Kansai WIDE Area)
4 Days
JPY 7,200
JPY 3,600
 
 
JR Sanyo-Shikoku-
Kyushu Rail Pass
5 Days
(Northern Kyushu)  
JPY 22,640
JPY 11,320
   
5 Days
(All Kyushu)  
JPY 25,720
JPY 12,860
   
JR Kyushu Rail Pass
3 Days
(North Kyushu)  
JPY 7,200
JPY 3,600
 
 
5 Days
(North Kyushu)  
JPY 9,260
JPY 4,630
   
3 Days
(All Kyushu)
JPY 14,400
JPY 7,200
   
5 Days 
(All Kyushu)
JPY 17,490
JPY 8,740
 
 
JR Hokkaido Rail Pass
3 Days 
JPY 15,430
JPY 7,710
JPY 22,110
JPY 11,050
5 Days
JPY 20,060
JPY 10,030
JPY 27,770
JPY 13,880
7 Days 
JPY 22,630
JPY 11,310
JPY 30,860
JPY 15,430
4 Days
 within 10 Days
JPY 20,060
JPY 10,030
JPY 27,770
JPY 13,880
All Shikoku Rail Pass
2 Days 
JPY 6,300
JPY 3,150
   
3 Days
JPY 7,200
JPY 3,600
   
4 Days 
JPY 7,900
JPY 3,950
   
5 Days 
JPY 9,700
JPY 4,850
   

The above are Japanese yen prices for a JAPAN RAIL PASS Exchange Order; the actual cost in local currency is calculated at the time the Exchange Order is issued.

1. Types of Rail Pass in Japan

 


Japan Rail Pass - With Japan Rail Pass you can board almost any train on Japan Railways Group (JR Group) lines throughout the country. For modern convenient sight-seeing, Japan Rail Pass is a traveler's best friend.
a. 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)
b. 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
c. Ferry
Only the JR Miyajima ferry is covered. The JR Hakata-Pusan (Korea) ferry is not covered.
JR East Pass - Valid for travel on all of the 72 railway lines of JR EAST: limited express trains (except private compartments or berths), including Shinkansen super express trains; express trains (except berths, etc.) ; local trains (except "Liner"/"Home Liner").
JR West Pass (Sanyo Area)
With this Pass you could travel to Osaka, Okayama, Hiroshima, Hakata and other sightseeing places in the sanyo area via Haruka, Shinkansen, and standard trains within the corresponding area.
JR West Pass (Kansai Area)
With this pass, you could travel to Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Himeji and other sightseeing places in the Kansai area via any standard trains and Haruka non-reserved seats within the corresponding area.
Kyushu Rail Pass
This pass is valid for ordinary cars, reserved and open seating on the Kyushu Railway Company Ltd. express trains and open seating on local trains (including local express trains). You could visit the famous Beppu's hot spring resorts, Active Volcanos Mt. Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture and Sakurajima in Kagoshima and taste the original chicken Shabu-shabu in the traditional yatai (mobile food stall) of Fukuoka.



Hokkaido Rail Pass
Valid for all the train lines of Hokkaido Railway Co. and the bus lines of JR Hokkaido Bus
(excluding Sapporo - Asahikawa / Sapporo - Mombetsu / Sapporo - Obihiro / Sapporo - Kiroro / Sapporo – Erimo & Hiroo lines and irregular lines). You could enjoy visiting the Furano Flowers, Sahoro Ski resort area and also the Noboribetsu hot spring resorts!

2. Who is eligible for the Rail Pass in Japan?

a. 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.

b. You are a Japanese national living in a foreign country,
-who is qualified to live permanently in that country, or
-who is married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than Japan.

3. Validity period

The validity period of a JAPAN RAIL PASS is the consecutive number of days of the validity period of the PASS beginning on the date the PASS is first used.

It must be noted that t he pass is by date, not by time of day, so if you start using it in the evening, that will still count as a full day.

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.

Once the PASS has a starting date written on it, the date cannot be changed.
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