JAPAN RAIL PASS

7-Day Ordinary Pass available from $271* !!


   For example: Travel from Tokyo - Kyoto - Hiroshima - Tokyo via Bullet Train (Shinkansen)
   Separate Tickets -            Approx. $400*
   7-day Ordinary Japan Rail Pass - $271* (Unlimited Japan travel for 7 days)   It could save you hundreds of dollars!!
  * Prices are as of 10/22/2014, and are subject to change until the exchange orders are issued.
    You can pick up at one of our U.S. offices free of charge, or we will ship it to you via FedEx at $12!! (U.S. Mainland)

There are two types of Japan Rail Pass:

Green (for superior-class Green cars), and Ordinary (for normal economy class cars). Each of these types is available as a 7-day,14-day, or 21-day JR PASS. Below are yen prices for a Japan Rail PASS Exchange Order. The actual cost, in your local currency, is calculated at the time the JR Pass Exchange Order is issued. In Japan you will present the exchange order to a designated JR station and receive your pass with the start date of your choice (within one month of presenting the pass exchange order). Note: The JR pass exchange order must be turned in within 3months of the issuing date shown on the Japan Rail pass exchange order.
 
Please note the prices has been changed as follows, effective from April 1st, 2014;
Type: JR Pass Ordinary: JR Pass Green:
Duration: Adult Child Adult Child
7–day: ¥29,110 ⁄ $271 ¥14,550 ⁄ $135 ¥38,880 ⁄ $362 ¥19,440 ⁄ $181
14–day: ¥46,390 ⁄ $432 ¥23,190 ⁄ $216 ¥62,950 ⁄ $586 ¥31,470 ⁄ $293
21–day: ¥59,350 ⁄ $553 ¥29,670 ⁄ $276 ¥81,870 ⁄ $762 ¥40,930 ⁄ $381
- Children who are age of 6 through 11 as of the issued date are eligible for Child Pass prices.
- All prices above are subject to change until the exchange orders are issued.

Who is eligible for a Japan Rail Pass?

1. You are a foreign tourist visiting Japan from abroad for sight–seeting, under the entry status of "Temporary Visitor."
"Temporary Visitor" entry status, according to Japanese Immigration Law, allows a stay in Japan of 15 days or 90 days for "sight–seeing, etc." Most US citizens entering Japan without a VISA receive a "stay for sight–seeing" when you enter Japan. Entry personnel will stamp your passport as "Temporary Visitor," as shown below. Only persons who have a passport bearing this stamp can use a Japan Rail Pass.
2. You are a Japanese national living in a foreign country,
a) who is qualified to live permanently in that country, or
b) who is married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than Japan.
Persons meeting conditions a) or b) above are required to show proof of same at the point of purchase of an JR Pass Exchange Order and obtaining a JAPAN RAIL PASS.
The former condition about a Japanese national "who has been living in a foreign country for ten or more years" is discontinued from 1 April 2004 purchase. So it does not meet the condition to purchase a Japan Rail Pass.
NOTE:

Even if you visit Japan with an Exchange Order, to be turned in for a JAPAN RAILPASS, the exchange cannot be made unless you have "Temporary Visitor" status; if you enter Japan under any other official status, such as "Trainee," "Entertainer," or "Reentry Permit," you cannot change the Exchange Order for a JAPAN RAILPASS. Please note that according to strict interpretation of the Japanese Immigration Law, "Temporary Visitor" status differs even from other types of stays that are also for only short time periods.

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"*Examples of the "Temporary Visitor"
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Japan Rail Pass Validity

The JR Pass is valid for the railways, buses, and ferry boats shown below.
Railways: All JR Group Railways–Shinkansen "bullet trains" (except any reserved or non–reserved seat on "NOZOMI"and "MIZUHO" trains),limited express trains, Japan rail express trains, and Japan rail rapid or Japan rail local trains. (With some exceptions)
Buses: Local lines of JR bus companies (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) and some of JR highway bus services*.
* Sapporo–Otaru; Morioka–Hirosaki; Tokyo–Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka,Tsukuba Center; Nagoya–Kyoto, Osaka; Osaka–Tsuyama, Kasai Flower Center
Ferry: Only the JR Miyajima ferry is covered. The JR Hakata–Pusan (Korea) ferry is not covered.

Japan Rail Pass Validity Period

The validity period of a JAPAN RAIL PASS is consecutive 7, 14, or 21 days. The first day begins on the date the JR Pass is first used.
Within three months from the date the Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order was issued, you must turn in your Exchange Order to obtain your JR PASS. At that time, you have to specify the date that you want to start using the Japan Rail Pass. It can be any date within one month from the date the JR PASS is received.
Once the JAPAN RAIL PASS has a starting date written on it, the date cannot be changed.
How to obtain Japan Rail Pass
1. Purchase a JR Pass Exchange Order before you go to Japan.
You need to purchase an Exchange Order from an authorized sales agent in the U.S. prior to your arrival in Japan.
2. Present your Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order and obtain your JR PASS after you arrive in Japan.
Upon arrival in Japan, you need to turn in the Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order to receive your JR PASS at an applicable JAPAN RAIL station that has an exchange office.
Order Japan Rail Pass Online *
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* Requires a minimum of five (5) business days to process your Japan Rail Pass when booking online. Please contact one of our U.S. offices for immediate assistance.
 
Please check Japan Railways Group for more details, routes, schedules and any changes in services.
 
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