The JR Pass is a special pass available only to those entering Japan on a tourist visa. It allows for unlimited travel around Japan on JR lines usually at a price much less than purchasing individual tickets.
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A Japan Rail Pass is a special ticket available only for those travellers visiting Japan from abroad as tourists. The pass offers unlimited travel on trains operated by Japan Railways Group throughout Japan. The Japan Rail Pass is only available outside of Japan so remember to buy one before you travel!
The main Japan Rail Pass allows unlimited travel on trains operated by Japan Railways (JR) Group throughout the country including “Shinkansen”, Bullet Train (Excluding Nozomi and Mizuho trains). This main JR Pass gives you the freedom to explore Japan with no area restriction. A regular round-trip ticket from Tokyo to Osaka costs around 30,000 yen.
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*Above are our Best Prices, applied to online Orders only.
*Main JR Pass Price
*The main Japan Rail Pass is most popular pass and it’s valid throughout Japan, but if you visit only one region in Japan, a Regional JR Pass may offer a better option.
* Please note that during the peak season
(Christmas & New year, Golden week: end of April to early May and Obon season: mid August)
you cannot be guaranteed a seat on a specific train.
If you want to secure the seat we can arrange the train ticket (not the Japan Rail Pass) before you leave your country.
If you would like to purchase a bullet train ticket please send us the enquiry.
Who is Eligible for a Japan Rail Pass?
Condition 1If you are a tourist visiting Japan you can enter as a “Temporary Visitor”.
(“Temporary Visitor” entry status, according to Japanese Immigration Law, allows a stay in Japan of 15 or 90 days for the purpose of “sight-seeing”.)
If you apply for “stay for sight-seeing” when you enter, your passport will be stamped “Temporary Visitor”. Only persons who have a passport bearing this stamp can use a Japan Rail Pass.
Condition 2 (Effective 1st of June 2017) You are a Japanese national living in a foreign country who is:
You are a Japanese national living legally in a foreign country for 10 consecutive years or more. A written proof must be obtained from the Japanese embassy or legation of Japan and presented at time of purchase of exchange voucher and at time of exchange.
Acceptable written proof must be one of the following:
1. Copy of your Overseas Residential Registration issued by the embassy or legation of Japan on the foreign country where you live (limited to Overseas Residential Registration with a date of acceptance at least 10yrs or earlier)
2. Certificate of Overseas Residence issued by the embassy or legation of Japan in the foreign country where you live (limited to a Certificate of Overseas Residence with a date at least 10yrs or earlier in which you have established your as present address, either permanent or temporary.
*Proof 1 or 2 must be dated no earlier than 6months prior to purchase of exchange voucher. *Not allow to use any Regional JR Passes.
How Do I Use a Japan Rail Pass?
Using a Japan Rail Pass is easy. Once we issue you with a JR Pass exchange order, it can be exchanged at any major Japan Rail stations for your official pass, provided you have ‘visitor visa’ stamped in your passport. Depending on the ticket purchased, the pass holder can travel as much as they wish for 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days.
How Do We Deliver?
We deliver all our Japan Rail Passes with Royal Mail Guaranteed Special Delivery which includes insurance for up to £1000. We can deliver anywhere in the world using a variety of different delivery methods, so no matter where you are, you can get your JR pass.
If you order online before 13:00 (Mon- Fri), your pass will be ready for collection the same day after 14:00PM. Any orders coming after 13:00PM will be available the next day after 14:00PM.
Please note that any orders made on Friday after 13:00 or on public holidays may take longer to process.
Collection at Japan Travel Centre, London Office
6 Southampton Place, London WC1A 2DB United Kingdom TEL: 020 7611 0150
Which Japan Rail Pass Shall I Get?
The Japan Rail Pass comes in different varieties depending on the region you plan to use it in. The main Japan Rail Pass is most popular pass and it’s valid throughout Japan, but if you visit only one region in Japan, a regional pass may offer a better option.
Check the list to see all the different regions that the Japan Rail Pass is available for and find out which pass works best for your travel plan! If you haven't found what you are looking for, please contact us.
Why buy a Japan Rail Pass?
Did you know that once you validate a JR Pass you can choose your own seating arrangements for free, a privilege that can become costly on normal tickets? The savings that can be made compared with buying single tickets are phenomenal and with the exchange rate conversion updated weekly, you are sure to get the best deal available anywhere.
Is a Japan Rail Pass Expensive?
While the initial price may seem somewhat daunting, the cost benefit of purchasing a Japan Rail Pass is excellent. The cost of just a single Bullet Train journey from Tokyo to Kyoto can cost up to half the price of a whole week-long JR Pass! A Japan Rail Pass also allows the holder to travel on all Japan Rail operated trains both in cities and across the country. With the opportunity of riding a selection of buses and even a ferry that takes you to the exclusive Miyajima Island.
*The last passes valid for travel on express bus routes will be issued on March 31, 2013. Passes issued on or after April 1, 2013, are not valid for travel on express routes.