Japan Rail Pass eligibility requirements

The JR Pass is only available to foreign nationals who are visiting Japan under "Temporary visitor" status. Read more about who is eligible for the pass.

Who is eligible for the Japan Rail Pass?

In order to enjoy the Japan Rail Pass, you will need a "temporary visitor" stamp (up to 90 days) in your passport. It is usually granted automatically on arrival or, if your country does not have visa waiver agreements with Japan, by entering the country on a tourist visa.

temporary visitor stamps

Basically, if you travel to Japan for tourism purposes and meet the requirements to enter the country as a tourist, you will meet all the requirements to enjoy the Japan Rail Pass.


Entering the country under any other status such as student, foreign employee,trainee,military etc. will not be accepted as eligible.

The same rules are valid for foreign permanent residents such as students and interns, who work or reside permanently in the country. This would mean they have a permanent and not a Tourist Visa in their passport.

Eligibillity verification

If after reading the eligibility requirements, you still have doubts about whether or not you are eligible to make the Japan Rail Pass exchange, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can assess your case. Please keep in mind that if the JR personnel are unable to verify your eligibility due to missing, unclear or unofficial documents, you will not receive the JR Pass. Make sure you understand and comply with the requirements mentioned above before purchasing it.

The "temporary visitor" visa stamp is the only visa which allows you to obtain and use the Japan Rail Pass. Japanese immigration laws are very strict regarding the fact that the Temporary Visitor status is the only valid stamp for you to be able to receive and use the Japan Rail Pass. Be aware that there are other types of short-term visas which are not eligible.


Can Japanese nationals purchase the Japan Rail Pass?

Japanese nationals who reside in Japan are not eligible to purchase the Japan Rail Pass. However, special conditions apply for those who reside outside Japan. Keep reading for more information.

Can I purchase the JR Pass if I have dual citizenship?

Citizens with double citizenship are eligible for the Japan Rail Pass, as long as they use their non-Japanese passport to enter the country.

What is "temporary visitor" entry status?

If you wish to visit Japan for leisure or touristic purposes you will be granted entry under a "Temporary Visitor" status. This status allows visitors to remain in Japan from 15 to 90 consecutive days. A border control officer will grant arrivals who apply for "Stay for sightseeing" when entering Japan a "Temporary Visitor" stamp.

Do babies and children need to purchase a JR Pass?

Babies and children under the age of 6 are eligible to travel free of charge on all JR public transport. However, please note that you will not be able to make any seat reservations for your child if they don't have a valid train ticket (JR Pass).

My child is 11 now but will be 12 when we go to Japan. Is he/she eligible for the JR children pass?

Yes, children who are 11 years of age at the time the Exchange Order is issued are eligible for the discounted child Japan Rail Pass.

What are the Japan entry requirements for tourists?

All visitors need to present their passport at the Japanese border to gain entry. To meet the entry requirements, some nationalities also need to obtain a visa in advance but others can enter without a visa.