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What is Japan Rail Pass?
The Japan Rail Pass (also known as JR Pass) is a multi-use ticket that allows you to efficiently travel around Japan. It is valid for journeys on all major 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.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Can I buy the Japan Rail Pass in Japan?
The Japan Rail Pass is available at a higher price at several stations and airports in Japan until October 1, 2023. After this date, it will no longer be possible to buy the JR Pass locally in Japan.
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. Please note that due to Airbnb policy, we cannot deliver to an Airbnb in Japan, but we can have the order sent to the nearest post office.
What is included in the Japan Rail Pass?
The Japan Rail Pass is valid on JR express, express and local trains on JR network lines, JR local buses, the JR Miyajima ferry, and airport transfer trains such as the Narita Express and Haruka Express. All Shinkansen high-speed trains are also included, including the Nozomi and Mizuho trains, with the purchase of a special ticket to complement the JR Pass (from October 2023).
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.