What is the All Shikoku Rail Pass?
For tourists in the Shikoku area of Japan, the All Shikoku Rail Pass is the most
economical and useful way to travel. The Pass, designed specially for overseas travelers,
allows unlimited travel on JR trains in Shikoku. With it let’s enjoy 1,100 km of
rail travel and discover attractive sights in Shikoku!
Who can buy the All Shikoku Rail Pass?
The All Shikoku Rail Pass is a special pass, only available to travelers visiting
Japan from foreign countries for sightseeing. You must hold a passport issued by
a foreign government and enter Japan as a “Temporary Visitor”, which is a status
of residence defined under Japanese immigration law.
"Temporary visitor" entry status, according to Japanese Immigration Law, allows
a stay in Japan of 15 days or 90 days for "sight-seeing, etc.". If you apply for
a "stay for sight-seeing" when you enter Japan, entry personnel will stamp your
passport "temporary visitor". Only persons who have a passport bearing this stamp
can use a All Shikoku Rail Pass.
* Japanese citizens living abroad can not use this pass.
* If you hold both a Japanese passport and a passport of another
country (Dual Citizenship), please be sure to enter Japan with the non-Japanese
passport and obtain the "temporary visitor" stamp to be eligible to exchange.
Even if you visit Japan with an Exchange Order, to be turned in for a All Shikoku
Rail Pass, the exchange cannot be made unless you have "temporary visitor" status;
if you enter Japan under any other official status, such as "trainee" or "entertainer",
you can not change the Exchange Order for a All Shikoku 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. When you exchange to JR West Pass,
you must submit the original Exchange Order. A copy is not acceptable.