Experience Japan’s railways with the Japan Rail Pass
The Japan Rail Pass offers a convenient and economical way of enjoying Japan’s efficient and comprehensive railway network. The basic Pass can be used on all Japan Railways (JR) lines and many of the Shinkansen (‘Bullet’) trains. If you plan on travelling around Japan, the Japan Rail Pass can offer substantial savings.
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You can purchase your Japan Rail Pass right here from JTB. We ship to all countries of Europe – or worldwide, on request. Simply choose the passes you want, pay with your credit or debit card using our secure payment gateway, and receive the document(s) by the delivery method of your choice. What you receive from us before you go is an ‘Exchange Order’ that you exchange in Japan when you want to travel using the Japan Rail Pass.
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Upon arrival in Japan, go to any Japan Rail Pass Exchange Office (often called “Travel Service Center”) to present your Exchange Order and obtain your actual Pass. There are rail Travel Service Centers all over Japan.
Check out which locations are convenient for you at Japan Rail’s official website japanrailpass.net
Use it to explore Japan
The Japan Rail Pass can be used on trains across the whole of Japan, most local lines of JR bus companies and the JR West Miyajima ferry. See details on the official site japanrailpass.net.
The Japan Rail Pass allows you to book reserved seats on specific JR trains for free. For example, for Shinkansen (“bullet trains”), an activated Ordinary JR Pass can be used to reserve an advance seat in Ordinary class carriages.
JR Shinkansen News: From mid-May 2020, when bringing baggage of total dimensions between 160 cm and 250 cm into the Tokaido/Sanyo/Kyushu Shinkansen (Tokyo – Nagoya – Kyoto – Shin-Osaka – Hiroshima – Hakata – Kagoshima-Chuo), passengers will be required to make an advance reservation for a seat with oversized baggage area (free of charge, limited availability). If no prior reservation has been made for those specific seats, the passengers will be required to pay a 1,000JPY fee per piece of luggage and also to move it to a space designated by the conductor .
“Green” is for travel in superior-class Green cars, equivalent to 1st class: seat reservation is required, but is free of charge with the Japan Rail Pass.
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1. It is possible to buy the Japan Rail Pass in Japan, at certain major stations. However, buying a Rail Pass in Japan is significantly more expensive (a 7-day Ordinary pass costs Yen 33,610 to buy in Japan, compared to Yen 29,650 when bought before you travel). So buy before you travel, to save money.
Full details on the official Japan Rail Pass website
2. Japanese nationals can buy the Japan Rail Pass outside Japan (under certain strict residency conditions) but they cannot buy in Japan.