Japan Rail Pass Information


Information-IconJapan Rail Pass Overview

The Japan Rail Pass is a discounted travel pass offered by Japan Railways (JR). It is exclusive for foreign tourists and offers unlimited travel on the extensive JR train network (including the famous bullet trains), selected JR buses and selected JR ferries. Just one pass covers travel in every corner of the four major islands in Japan. If you are planning on making long distance trips within Japan, the Japan Rail Pass offers a fast and affordable travel alternative. Put it this way, a return trip from Tokyo to Kyoto will cost you around the same price as a 7 day Japan Rail Pass. The Japan Rail Pass is also referred to as a JR Rail Pass or JR Pass.


When you purchase your Japan Rail Pass you will receive an Exchange Order voucher. You will then take this with you to Japan where you will transform it into your actual Japan Rail Pass. Make sure you keep this safe since this is required to get your JR Pass.

Please be aware that your Japan Rail Pass MUST be purchased BEFORE you arrive in Japan. The Exchange Order voucher will be valid for 3 months from the date of issue.


Japan Rail Pass IconJapan Rail Pass Benefits

  • Unlimited travel on the JR Network
  • It’s great value for money
  • Select between 7, 14 & 21 day passes
  • Easy to use and gives you complete flexibility
  • Economy and Green (executive) class options
  • Access to JR Hotel Group Discounts
  • Free seat reservations
  • You can go almost anywhere in Japan

Japan Railways Group IconAbout the Japan Railways Group

Japan Railways Group operates one of the most extensive rail networks in the world with over 20,000 departures a day. It is divided into six service regions: JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR West, JR Central, JR Kyushu and JR Shikoku and accounts for much of the intercity and commuter rail services. The bullet trains (Shinkansen) are famous throughout the world for their fast speed, safety record and reliability.


Planning your trip & Online Timetable

If you are looking to plan your trip around Japan then check out our planning your trip page. It gives you step by step instructions on using the Hyperdia website and covers timetables and routes for all Japan railway lines, bus lines and domestic flights. You can use this tool to see if the Japan Rail Pass is right for you

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