Can Japanese nationals purchase the Japan Rail Pass?
Japanese nationals who reside in Japan are not eligible to purchase the Japan Rail Pass. However, Japanese nationals, who have resided permanently outside of Japan for at least 10 years, are eligible for the Japan Rail Pass.
Eligible Japanese nationals will need to have a valid Japanese passport and written proof — obtained from the embassy or consulate of Japan in the foreign country where they live — that they have been living legally in the country for at least 10 years.
What documents are Japanese nationals required to provide when purchasing a Japan Rail Pass?
Japanese nationals will be able to purchase a Japan Rail Pass provided they have lived permanently outside of Japan for at least 10 years, and are able to present one of the following documents: