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Japan Rail Pass

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Japan Rail Pass

Japan Rail Pass Price

Type JR Pass Ordinary JR Pass Green Car
(1st Class)
Duration Adult Child Adult Child
7-day japan rail pass £193 £97 £258 £129
14-day japan rail pass £308 £154 £418 £209
21-day japan rail pass £394 £197 £544 £272
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If you’re travelling to Japan tomorrow and you need your Japan Rail pass on the same day, you’re in luck! We can issue your Japan Pass Exchange Order on the same day!


If you order your Japan Rail Pass online before 13:00 (Mon- Fri), your Japan Rail Pass exchange order will be ready for free same-day collection after 14:00PM from our London UK office. Any Japan Rail Pass orders coming after 13:00PM will be available the next day after 14:00PM for collection.

Ordinary or Green Passes?

There are two different classes of JR Pass: Ordinary and Green. The Ordinary Pass is valid for travel in unreserved and reserved Ordinary cars, the equivalent of ‘Standard’ class in the UK. All Green Car seats are reserved.

The 'Green Pass' is valid for travel in the ‘Green Car’, which is similar to UK First Class, on Shinkansens and certain lines that provide a First Class Carriage.

The benefits of the Green Class Japan Rail Pass are that they offer more comfort than Ordinary class seats, more space and usually quieter travel. The Green Class JR Pass is good value for the extra level of luxury and comfort offered. If you are planning to travel during peak/busy times, the Green Class Japan Rail Pass could be a good investment. This is due to each Green Car seat being larger, giving each passenger more space and Green Cars are generally less busy.

Why buy a Japan Rail Pass?

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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 Shinkansen and Mizuho Shinkansen trains). This main JR Pass gives you the freedom and flexibility to explore Japan with no area restriction. Ordinary regular tickets from Tokyo to Kyoto plus a return costs around 185.00 British Pounds. Not only does the JR Pass cover this costly return journey it’ll also allow you to travel on JR lines within those locations and anywhere in between, meaning you could make huge savings!

Huge Savings The more journeys you make, the bigger savings you enjoy!

The cost of a 7 day japan rail pass (JPY28,300) is actually cheaper than a return ticket from Tokyo to Osaka (JPY 29,240) when purchased as two single tickets. Therefore, any subsequent trips you make within the validity of your Japan Rail Pass cost absolutely nothing! You can even use it on the Narita Express.

Regional Passes also comes in a variety of validity periods.

Flexibility Travel anytime/anywhere*. You are not constrained to travel on specific train and time, as in the case of a single journey ticket.The JR Pass is available in a selection of 7, 14, 21 day validity period to cover varied travel duration.
*covered by the JR Pass
Convenience No need to queue everytime you need to travel. Once JR Pass is validated, go straight to the platform. For added comfort, you can also reserve a seat in advance at no extra cost. Just visit any JR reservation office at the station.

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How Do I Use a Japan Rail Pass?

  • STEP 1
    Japan Rail Pass How to use
    BUY ONLINE
    Choose your JR Pass
  • STEP 2
    Japan Rail Pass How to use
    RECEIVE
    Exchange vouchers
  • STEP 3
    Japan Rail Pass How to use
    ACTIVATE
    in Japan
  • STEP 4
    Japan Rail Pass How to use
    ENJOY!!
    Unlimited Travel

How Do We Deliver?

Japan Rail Pass

We deliver all our Japan Rail Passes with Royal Mail Guaranteed Special Delivery which includes insurance for up to £1000. We offer free UK delivery options but can also deliver anywhere in the world using a variety of different delivery methods, so no matter where you are, you can get your JR pass. Free UK delivery is offered using Royal Mail 1st Class Signed for delivery.

If you order your Japan Rail Pass online before 13:00 (Mon- Fri), your JR Pass exchange order will be ready for free same-day collection after 14:00PM from our London office. Any JR Pass orders coming after 13:00PM will be available the next day after 14:00PM for collection. Please note that any orders made on Friday after 13:00 or on public holidays may take longer to process.


As well as free UK delivery, we also offer a free collection service. You can collect your Japan Rail Pass exchange order free of charge from our London office (address below):

Collection at Japan Travel Centre, London Office
6 Southampton Place, London
WC1A 2DB UK
020 7611 0150

Which Japan Rail Pass Shall I Get?

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Seat reservations

Japan Rail Pass

Once you validate a Japan Rail Pass you can choose your own seating arrangements for free - a privilege that can become costly on normal single tickets. The savings that can be made using a JR Pass 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. Below is some travel advice about seat reservation using your JR Pass: It may not always be necessary to make seat reservations, especially if you are not travelling during peak season, however it’s good to know that it can be done free of charge using the JR Pass.

Important Note

*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.

Which trains have reserved seating?

All Shinkansen(Bullet Trains) have carriages for reserved seats as well as non-reserved. Limited Express trains also have reserved seating. These two types of trains tend to cover long distances and travel more rapidly than ordinary/local trains. Whether or not a carriage is reserved or non-reserved will be written in both English and Japanese, making it relatively easy to find the correct carriage. There are also announcements on the platform to notify passengers. A conductor will check tickets for unreserved seating to make sure you’re in the correct seat!

Do I need to reserve my seats?

One of the many benefits of having a JR Pass is that it entitles you to make seat reservations completely free of charge. If you wish to guarantee a seat then we recommend making seat reservations. Having a reserved seat is recommended as it may make the journey more comfortable for passengers travelling with children or groups who wish to sit together and saves you the hassle of having to search for unreserved seats.

Peak travel period are considered to be Spring Cherry Blossom season (late March – end of April) / Golden Week (around the first week of May) / Obon (a few days surrounding 12/13 August).

To make seat reservations free of charge using a Japan Rail Pass, you can only do this in Japan in person with your JR Pass. The process is simple and easy. Once you have activated your JR pass, present it at a JR ticket office to make your free seat reservations. Seat reservations can be made up to 1 month in advance and even on the same day, just before you plan to travel.

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.

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 2You 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:

*Written proof is only necessary for passengers travelling using their Japanese Passport.


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.

Important Note

*Proof 1 or 2 must be dated no earlier than 6months prior to purchase of exchange voucher.
*Proof 1 or 2 must be dated earlier than exchange voucher issue date.
*Not allow to use any JR Regional Passes.

Japan Rail Pass Review

" 11 days in Japan by Japan Rail Pass " by Jas

JR Pass is super easy to use, although it might seems pricey here it definitely saves. It is very easy to use and exchange (collect) from certain stations, once in Japan. If you're expecting to travel all over Japan, or to one major city to the other via Shinkansen (bullet train), then definitely get this pass! It's well worth it in the end, less stress.
Japan Travel Centre are brilliant and were extremely helpful, huge thanks! When I go to Japan again, I will come back here to look for another JR Pass! ... read more reviews


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