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What is Japan Rail Pass?
The Japan Rail Pass (also known as JR Pass) is a multi-use ticket which offers incredible value for money. It is valid for journeys on all JR national trains including Shinkansen bullet trains and Narita Express trains. Passengers can select a pass which is valid for 7, 14 or 21 days and there is the option of Standard Pass or a Green Pass (first class).
Order your JR Pass online and you will receive an Exchange Order which you can swap for a JR Pass when you arrive in Japan (you can also get the Exchange Order delivered to Japan).
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Can I buy the Japan Rail Pass in Japan?
The Japan Rail Pass is currently available to buy (on a trial basis) at a higher price at a range of train stations and airports in Japan. The trial is scheduled to end on March 31, 2021.
Is there a children's discount?
Yes, there is a children’s discount of 50% and kids between 6 and 11 are eligible. The discount applies to Standard and Green JR Passes.
Can I have my order sent to Japan?
Yes, all orders (JR Pass, Pocket WiFi, Data SIM Card) can be sent to wherever you stay in Japan. You can choose the delivery address, whether it be your home address or your place of stay.
What is included in the Japan Rail Pass?
The Japan Rail Pass is valid on the JR Express Trains, all Rapid and Local trains along the JR lines, JR local buses, the JR Miyajima ferry, as well as airport transfers like the Narita express and the Haruka express. All the shinkansen bullet trains are also included with the exception of the Nozomi and Mizuho trains.
Do the 7 / 14 / 21 days need to be consecutive?
Yes, the selected number of days need to be consecutive. Once activated, the validity period of each pass cannot be changed or extended.
Can I book a seat on the JR Trains?
Yes, all JR Pass holders can book a seat on any of the JR trains. Reservations need to be made in advance before boarding the train.