JAPAN RAIL PASS, a joint offering of the six companies comprising the Japan Railways Group (JR Group), is the most economical means of travelling throughout Japan by rail. There are some restrictions on use; for example, JAPAN RAIL PASS cannot be used for travel on NOZOMI and MIZUHO trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo, and Kyushu Shinkansen lines.

Eligibility for Use

The JAPAN RAIL PASS is special fare ticket that is available only to travellers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sightseeing. To be eligible to purchase a JAPAN RAIL PASS you meet one of the following two conditions. To be eligible to purchase a JAPAN RAIL PASS you must meet one of the following two conditions.

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.

  • *In order to receive or use JAPAN RAIL PASS, your passport must bear this stamp or sticker.
  • *If you use an automated gate, no stamp will be applied to your passport. Either use a manned automated gate or ask a clerk to apply the stamp to your passport.


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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.


Eligibility requirements that will be in effect from June 1, 2017, please check details here

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. Please refer to JAPAN RAIL PASS Scope of Validity regarding travel allowed with the various types of passes.

If you purchase an Exchange Order in a country other than Japan

Prices of Exchange Orders (as of May 2017)

7-days38,880 YEN19,440 YEN29,110 YEN14,550 YEN
14-days62,950 YEN31,470 YEN46,390 YEN23,190 YEN
21-days81,870 YEN40,930 YEN59,350 YEN29,670 YEN

These 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 May 2017. They are subject to change.

Validity period

  • The validity period of a JAPAN RAIL PASS is the consecutive 7, 14, or 21 days period beginning on the date the PASS is first used.
  • If you have purchased an Exchange Order in a country other than Japan, you must turn in your Exchange Order to obtain your JAPAN RAIL PASS within three months from the date the Exchange Order was issued (for example, an Exchange Order issued on April 15 would have to be turned in by July 14).
    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 a starting date has been assigned to the PASS, it cannot be changed.

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