What is a Japan Rail Pass?
"Explore the ancient temples, countryside and cities of Japan with a Japan rail pass."
The Japan Rail Pass allows the pass holder unlimited, great value travel on Japan's extensive travel network, considered to be one of the most efficient in the world. This includes the world famous Shinkansen Bullet Train (Excluding Nozomi class trains), the entire Japan Railways service and a selection of buses.
With a JR Pass the entire country is yours to explore freely, from the frozen wilderness of the northern island of Hokkaido to the sandy beaches of Kyushu to the south, and everything in between!
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*Above are our Best Prices, applied to online Orders only.
*Main JR Pass Price
* Please note that during the peak season (Christmas & New year, Golden week: end of April to early May and Obon season: mid August) you cannot be guaranteed a seat on a specific train.
If you want to secure the seat we can arrange the train ticket (not the Japan Rail Pass) before you leave your country.
If you would like to purchase a bullet train ticket please send us the enquiry.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A JAPAN RAIL PASS?
In order to purchase a Japan Rail Pass, it is required for the user to meet one of the following two conditions. Anyone interested in purchasing a regional variant of the JR Pass is required to meet condition 1 in order to be eligible.
Condition 1: You are a foreign tourist visiting Japan from abroad for sight-seeing, under the entry status of “Temporary Visitor”.
“Temporary Visitor” entry status, according to Japanese Immigration Law, allows a stay in Japan of 15 or 90 days with the purpose of “sight-seeing”.
If you apply for “stay for sight-seeing” when you enter, entry personnel will stamp your passport as “Temporary Visitor”. Only persons who have a passport bearing this stamp can use a Japan Rail Pass.
Condition 2: You are a Japanese national living in a foreign country who is:
a) Qualified to live permanently in a foreign country, or
b) Married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than Japan.
Note: Persons meeting the conditions for point 2 above will be required to show proof of eligibility when purchasing and activating your JR Pass.
Similarly, applicants with dual citizenship in Japan and another country will not be able to turn in their Exchange Order for a PASS if they entered Japan on their Japanese passport.
How Do I Use a Japan Rail Pass?
Using a Japan Rail Pass is easy. Once we issue you with a JR Pass exchange order, it can be exchanged at many major Japan Rail stations for your official pass, provided you have a visitor visa stamped in your passport. Depending on the ticket purchased, the pass holder can travel as much as they wish for 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days.
How Do We Deliver?
We send out all our Japan Rail Passes with Royal Mail Guaranteed Special Delivery which includes insurance for up to £1000. We can deliver anywhere in the world with a selection of different delivery methods, so no matter where you are, you can get your JR Pass here.
Collection at Japan Travel Centre
If you order online before 13:00 (Mon- Fri), your pass will be ready for collection same day after 14:00pm. Please note that any orders made on Friday after 13:00, at the weekend and public holidays may take longer to process.
Which Japan Rail Pass Shall I Get?
We offer 9 types of JR Pass (Main Japan Rail Pass, JR West Rail Pass (Kansai), Kansai WIDE Area Pass, JR Sanyo San’in Area Pass, JR Kyushu Rail Pass, JR Shikoku Rail Pass, JR Hokkaido Rail Pass, Kansai – Hiroshima Area Pass and Hiroshima – Yamaguchi Area Pass.).
Main JR Pass is one of our most popular products of all time.
Why buy a Japan Rail Pass?
Your JR Pass is not only beneficial to just your travel arrangements, Japan Rail also runs a selection of hotels in the vicinity of all major stations. By presenting your Japan Rail Pass, you are entitled to a special discount, a saving that only JR Pass holders can take advantage of.
Did you know that when you purchase a JR Pass you can choose your own seating arrangements for free, a privilege that can become quite costly on normal tickets? The savings that can be made compared with buying single tickets are phenomenal and with the exchange rate conversion updated weekly, you are sure to get the best deal available anywhere.
Is Japan Rail Pass Expensive?
While the initial price may seem somewhat daunting, the cost benefit of purchasing a Japan Rail Pass is excellent. The cost of just a single Bullet Train journey from Tokyo to Kyoto can cost up to half the price of a whole week-long JR Pass! The Japan Rail Pass also allows the holder to travel on all the Japan Rail operated trains both within cities and across the country. With the opportunity of riding a selection of buses and even a ferry that takes you to the elusive Miyajima Island, a Japan Rail Pass is the only travel arrangement you will need to make for your trip to Japan.
*The last PASSES valid for travel on express bus routes will be issued on March 31, 2013. PASSES issued on or after April 1, 2013, are not valid for travel on express routes.
Main Japan Rail Pass Price (JPY)
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(correct as of 01 April 2014)