The JR Pass is the ultimate way to travel Japan, with unlimited rides on the Shinkansen bullet train, all JR trains, buses, even the Miyajima ferry and the Tokyo Monorail. For the best value travel around Japan, buy your JR Pass here!
• JR Passes are only available for delivery outside Japan • Seat reservations on the Shinkansen are included in the price of your JR Pass, but not necessary for all lines. Consider reserving seats if traveling during national holidays, or with a large group to be seated together. Green Car seats and certain special trains such as Narita Express always require a seat reservation • A few Shinkansen trains have smoking carriages, and some seating may be near to separate smoking rooms. For a guaranteed a smoke-free ride, we recommend reserving a seat • Passengers taking the Tokaido/Sanyo/Kyushu Shinkansen with oversized baggage (length, width and height measure over 160 cm and under 250 cm in total) have to make an advance reservation for a space in the oversized baggage area. Reservation can be made at the ticket counter free of charge. If no reservation is made, guests will be charged a carry-on fee on board of 1000 JPY and will have to store their baggage in an area designated by the train attendants • Baggage measuring over 250 cm will not be allowed on board • Tickets for Young Children: Infants (ages 1–5) and babies (younger) travel for free on JR trains except in the following cases, when a child ticket is required: 1. When three or more infants accompany one adult or child (tickets are required for each infant after the second) 2. When an infant or baby occupies a reserved seat, Green Car seat or berth, etc. 3. When an infant travels alone ### Conditions for Use: 1. Valid only for the person whose name appears on the pass – must be a foreign national¹ visiting Japan with the entry status of Temporary Visitor and the corresponding stamp in their passport.² 2. Present your pass to the attendant at a manned ticket gate to begin using it. The attendant will apply a stamp in the space reserved for official use. When passing through a ticket gate, always present your pass to the attendant so that the validity period is visible. 3. You must carry your passport at all times while using the pass, and be prepared to present it to conductors or station attendants if requested. 4. Valid for use on: all JR trains including Shinkansen (except for Nozomi and Mizuho services); the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system; JR Miyajima Ferry between Miyajima and Miyajimaguchi Station; Tokyo Monorail; Buses operated by 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. - Not valid on JR Group expressway buses, or certain local bus routes. - To board Nozomi or Mizuho Shinkansen services you must pay the full fare. - When using JR Group services that extend through lines operated by companies other than JR Rail, JR Bus, JR Miyajima Ferry, and Tokyo Monorail, you must pay separately any fares or charges for travel on such sections, with some exceptions. No additional charge is required when passing through the following sections without stopover: - Aoimori Railway between Hachinohe–Aomori, Aomori–Noheji, or Hachinohe–Noheji (ordinary class trains only). - IR Ishikawa Railway between Kanazawa–Tsubata (excluding services that continue on lines other than JR lines beyond that segment). - Ainokaze Toyama Railway between Toyama–Takaoka (ordinary class trains only, excluding services that continue on lines other than JR lines beyond that segment). Additional Liner ticket is required to ride the Ainokaze Liner. 5. The pass itself doesn't ensure specific seating options – to obtain a reserved-seat ticket at no additional cost, present your pass at the ticket office of a JR station. Certain trains require a reserved-seat ticket. Additional fares apply to travel in GranClass or Green Cars, private compartments on Shinkansen or limited express trains, sleeper cars, and DX Green Cars. An extra charge must be paid in advance to ride local trains requiring a numbered ticket or liner ticket. Japan Rail does not allow changing to reserved seating or sleeping car after boarding. 6. Green Car pass holders using non-reserved seating or traveling in ordinary class cars are not eligible for any partial refunds. 7. The pass can only be used within its validity period, which cannot be changed. 8. The pass cannot be exchanged for other kinds of pass or ticket. 9. The pass cannot be reissued in the event of loss or theft. 10. Exchange Orders can only be refunded by the travel agency from which you purchase them, and any application for a refund must be made before the start of the Japan Rail Pass validity period. Any refund will be for the value of the pass in yen, less a 10% handling fee.³ 11. Once you have started using the pass the validity period cannot be extended, nor can any refund be given, even if trains or other transportation services are suspended or delayed for any reason. The JR Group will not bear additional costs due to changes in your route, such as alternative transportation or accommodation charges. 12. In addition to these conditions, you must obey the JR Group's regulations, terms and conditions, and the laws of Japan while using the pass. 13. Violation of these conditions may result in the invalidation and confiscation of the pass, as well as a penalty equal to twice the basic fares and charges for all transportation for which the pass was used. 14. The official terms and conditions of the pass are written in Japanese, and the text of the Japanese version shall be given priority of interpretation, in the event of questions regarding transportation conditions that may arise regarding conditions that are written in other languages. ¹Japanese nationals who have lived overseas for ten years or more may use the pass under certain conditions. You can read more: https://rakuten-travelexp.net/jr-pass-for-jp-ex-pats ²If you use an automated gate to pass immigration, 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. ³You must return your Exchange Order to us at your own cost in order to receive a 90% refund for an unused Japan Rail Pass. The details above are current as of September 2018 and subject to change. Please confirm the latest terms and conditions with a JR attendant.
The Japan Rail Pass is essential for anyone wanting to explore beyond Tokyo. With unlimited travel on local JR trains and Shinkansen bullet trains, it’ll quickly pay for itself. With a roundtrip from Tokyo to Kyoto and Osaka, the JR Pass will already be saving you money — 29,100 yen for a 7-Day JR Pass, versus up to 31,150 yen for three Shinkansen tickets. Add to that day trips, local trains, and buses, or add just one more city to your itinerary, the savings really add up! The JR Pass is sold only to overseas travelers. While you can buy a JR Pass at certain stations in Japan, it’s far easier to order in advance — not to mention it’ll save you the time spent queuing at the world’s busiest stations. Buy online to enjoy great prices, international shipping, and multilingual support over email, phone, and live chat. International shipping is free to selected destinations, and you can choose your payment currency to avoid transaction fees.
### How to Receive Your JR Pass 1. Choose the date you want to redeem the JR Pass. Please provide the required information on the Checkout page. 2. On the Cart page, choose Worldwide Shipping. In light of recent events, shipping to China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Korea has been taking longer than usual. 3. Receive your voucher. It will be printed within 24 hours of placing your order and delivered shortly. If your selected date is more than 90 days in the future, we will wait until 1 month before your selected date before printing and shipping the voucher 4. Take your voucher to any valid exchange office to collect your pass. You can redeem it up to 90 days from the printing date - Major exchange offices are shown here: https://rakuten-travelexp.net/jr-pass-exchange-offices - The full list here: https://rakuten-travelexp.net/jr-pass-exchange-offices-all ### How to Use Your JR Pass - Passes can be used for 7, 14, or 21 consecutive days depending on the type and can be redeemed up to 90 days after the voucher is printed - The usage period must be within one month of exchanging your voucher for a Japan Rail Pass - You will need to specify the date that you want to start using the pass at the exchange office - The usage period begins when you show your pass to the station staff and have it stamped - Use on any Shinkansen (except Nozomi and Mizuho services) as well as local JR buses, the Miyajima Ferry, and the Tokyo Monorail. *If you do not provide all required information during checkout, delivery may be delayed.