A special rail pass will launch in the summer of 2020 especially for spectators heading to Japan for the 2020 Olympic Games. Twenty-six railway companies who operate in Tokyo and the wider Kanto area have come together to create the pass.
The special pass for international visitors will be valid for 3 days, allowing visitors to use the region’s transport seamlessly, without having to worry about buying tickets over this period. It will be very useful for short stays in the capital over this period and will offer an unlimited number of trips.
The Tokyo Supporters Pass will only be available for a limited sales period only. It will go on sale in mid-July until September 2020.
The pass will be available from numerous outlets in Japan. This includes compatible IC cards such as the JR East’s Suica (Welcome Suica, My Suica and Suica Card) and the Pasmo card (Pasmo Passport) which are used by dozens of railway and bus companies.
It has not been announced whether visitors will be able to pre-order their Supporters Pass before heading off to Japan or whether they will have to buy it after arriving.
The Tokyo Supporters Pass will allow visitors to ride trains of any of the 26 participating rail companies (including the Tokyo Metro, the Tokyo Monorail, and transfers from Haneda Airport). They will be able to enjoy an unlimited number of trips over the 3-day validity of the pass. Limited Express trains and shinkansen will not be covered by the pass.
The pass will only be valid during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. This means that people will be able to use the pass for 3 consecutive days from July 22 to August 9 and from August 25 to September 6.
Visitors who plan to spend longer than 3 days in Japan, or who want to visit other parts of the country, can order a JR Pass. It is available a a 7,14 or 21-day pass, allows visitors to use Shinkansen bullet trains, and it covers all regions of Japan.
To date, the sales price and locations are not yet known.
Visitors will be able use the services of the following 26 participating rail companies:
- Enoshima Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
- Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
- Keio Corporation
- Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
- Keikyu Corporation
- Saitama Railway Corporation
- Sagami Railway Co., Ltd.
- Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company
- Shonan Monorail Co., Ltd.
- Shin-Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd.
- Seibu Railway Co., Ltd.
- Tokyo Tama Intercity Monorail Co., Ltd.
- Chiba Urban Monorail Co., Ltd.
- Tokyo Corporation
- Tokyo Metro Metro Co., Ltd.
- Bureau of Transportation, TMG
- Tokyo Monorail Co., Ltd.
- Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit. Inc.
- Tobu Railway Co., Ltd.
- Toyo Rapid Railway
- East Japan Railway Company
- Hokuso-Railway Co., Ltd.
- Yurikamome, Inc.
- Yokohama Minatomirai railway Company
- Transportation Bureau, City of Yokohama
- Yokohama Seaside Line Co., Ltd.