The Japan Rail (JR) Pass is a special pass valid for unlimited travel on Japan Railways(JR) transportation, including all JR trains (shinkansen “bullet trains” except “NOZOMI” and “MIZHUO” service. limited express trains, express trains and rapid or local trains)*, JR bus company local lines (JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokal Bus , West Japan JR Bus, Chugoku JR Bus, JR Kyushu Bus) and the JR Miyajima ferry.
The JR Pass is available only to overseas visitors tha enter Japan as a Temporary Visitor. This includes sightseeing, visiting relatives, inspection tours, conferences and meeting or other activities during a short stay in Japan
Note: Visitors who enter Japan under other statuses including: “Re-entry Permit”, “Entertainer” or “Traine” are not eligible
For complete information on entering Japan, please check with your nearest Japanese Consulate-General or Embassy.
Japanesse national living overseas may also purchase the Japan Rail Pass if they:
If you are a tourist visiting Japan from abroad for sightseeing:
You must be visiting Japan under the entry status of “Temporary visitor” according to Japan Immigration Law. When you enter Japan for sightseeing, entry personnel will stamp the passport as “Temporary visitor”. Only a person who has a passport bearing this stamp can use a JAPAN RAIL PASS. Please note that according to strict interpretation of the Japanese Immigration Law, “Temporary visitor” status differs even from other types of stays that are also for only short time periods. A Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order MUST be purchased outside Japan, prior to your trip.
If you are a Japanese national living in a foreign country:
a) be qualified to live permanently in that country; or
b) be married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than Japan.
The JAPAN RAIL PASS is valid for the railways, buses, and ferry boats shown in below: