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Japan Rail Passes

Travel with a Japan Rail Pass

Use your Japan Rail Pass on the Shinkansen Bullet TrainThe ideal way to travel around Japan is by using the extensive rail system. The most economical way to travel in Japan is with a JR Rail Pass, the passes can be used on JR Line trains, (including the Narita Express, Shinkansen - Bullet Train and subway trains), bus services and the JR Ferry service.

Please note: your Japan Rail Pass cannot be used on the Nozomi Train Service.

The Japan Rail Pass is available to:
Tourists visiting Japan from abroad under “temporary visitor” entry status.
Japanese nationals living in a foreign country,
as a permanent resident of that country, or
as a resident in that country for ten or more years, or
who is married to a citizen of that country.

How to apply for a Japan Rail Pass:
Purchase an exchange order with us BEFORE coming to Japan (Japan Rail Passes cannot be purchased in Japan).

After arrival in Japan, go to the JR Information and Ticket Office at Narita Airport, or to one of the JR Travel Service Centres, such as Tokyo Station. Exchange your exchange order for you Japan Rail Pass; when you fill out the pass application form, specify the first date on which you want to use the pass. Show your passport at the time of exchange.


The exchange order must be exchanged within three months of the date of issue.

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.

Where you can use your Japan Rail Pass:

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)

JR Bus Companies: Local lines of JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus, West Japan JR Bus , Chugoku JR Bus, JR Shikoku Bus Company, and JR Kyushu Bus.
JR Highway Bus Lines: Sapporo-Otaru, Morioka-Hirosaki / Aomori, Tokyo - Nagoya /Kyoto / Osaka / Tsukuba Center, Nagoya - Kyoto / Osaka; Osaka -Tsuyama / Kasai Flower Center
(Not accepted on some lines)

JR Ferry (Miyajima - Miyajimaguchi), except "Beetle2" (Hakata - Pusan)

Tips on Using Your Japan Rail Pass:

Shinkansen (Bullet Trains) 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.

Seat reservations can be made without additional payment. To make a reservation, go to any Travel Service Center or a Reservation Office (Midori-no-madoguchi) at a JR station, or to the sales office of a JR-associated travel agency. There, show your PASS, and obtain your reserved-seat ticket before boarding.

Do not use an automatic ticket-reading gate with a JAPAN RAIL PASS or a reserved-seat ticket, simply show the pass at a manned ticket gate.

Mobile vendors on Shinkansen and other long-distance trains sell "Ekibento" box lunches, containing local specialty Japanese-style foods, as well as snacks and drinks.

In major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka avoid traveling during the morning and evening rush hours (7:30-9:30am and 5:00-7:00pm).

For any further information on purchasing or using a Japan Rail Pass please call Japan Package Tours during office hours on 03 9909 7212.