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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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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 .

  • The prices shown below are special web prices, available for online sales only. If you come to buy at our office, the price will be higher. DELIVERY METHOD: our default delivery method for the UK is Royal Mail 1st class post. This is not tracked. Alternatively, you can choose Royal Mail Special Delivery, so the delivery can be tracked. Royal Mail's guarantee is that the item will be delivered by 1pm the day after dispatch. For addresses outside the UK, normal airmail is used (which is not tracked). If you wish the progress of your international delivery to be tracked, you are strongly recommended to choose courier delivery. JAPANESE NATIONALS: Japanese passport holders can buy and use the nationwide Japan Rail Pass, but in order to qualify, written proof of residence in a country outside Japan for 10 years or more (Certificate of Overseas Residence) will be required (see conditions). In order for us to check this eligibility document, Japanese nationals are requested to bring it when visiting our office in person to collect the Rail Pass Exchange Order, or by sending us a scanned copy. Eligibility conditions from the official website japanrailpass.net (pdf) (in English) / (日本語). 日本人の方は、こちらをクリックしてください。
  • The prices shown below are special web prices, available for online sales only. If you come to buy at our office, the price will be higher. DELIVERY METHOD: our default delivery method for the UK is Royal Mail 1st class post. This is not tracked. Alternatively you can choose Royal Mail Special Delivery, so the delivery can be tracked. Royal Mail's guarantee is that the item will be delivered by 1pm the day after dispatch. For addresses outside the UK, normal airmail is used (which is not tracked). If you wish the progress of your international delivery to be tracked, you are strongly recommended to choose courier delivery. JAPANESE NATIONALS: Japanese passport holders can buy and use the nationwide Japan Rail Pass, but in order to qualify, written proof of residence in a country outside Japan for 10 years or more (Certificate of Overseas Residence) will be required (see conditions). In order for us to check this eligibility document, Japanese nationals are requested to bring it when visiting our office in person to collect the Rail Pass Exchange Order, or by sending us a scanned copy. Eligibility conditions from the official website japanrailpass.net (pdf) (in English) / (日本語). 日本人の方、こちらをクリックしてください。

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