What is the JR Pass?
The JR Pass is the most convenient, efficient, and economical to
travel throughout Japan. A regular round-trip ticket from Tokyo to
Osaka costs around 30,000 yen. You can purchase a 7-day JR pass
Who can buy a JR Pass?
JR Pass (covering all Japan) is a special pass that is available only to travelers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sight-seeing.
You are eligible to purchase a JR Pass if you meet one of the following two conditions:
Those who meet Condition 1: You are eligible to purchase and if you agree to the purchase conditions, you are able to continue to place your order.
Those who meet Condition 2: You are eligible to purchase but upon agreeing to the purchase conditions you must also turn in a separate Eligibility Confirmation form.
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 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 JR 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.
*If you use an automated gate, no stamp will be applied to your passport. Either use a manned automated gate or ask a clerk to apply the stamp to your passport.
Even if you visit Japan with an Exchange Order, to be turned in for a JR 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 JR 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 Pass, you must submit the original Exchange Order.
A copy is not acceptable.
You are a Japanese national living in a foreign country
(a)who is qualified to live permanenty in that country, or
(b)who is married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than Japan.
If you meet (a) or (b) of Condition 2, you are able to place an order through our online system, however, you will also need to fax or mail a copy of the document that makes you eligible. After your order has been placed, one of our branch agents will contact you by phone or email during business hours.
Please be advised that until we receive a copy of the necessary documents we will not be able to fully process your voucher.
We advise that you send in your order at least 2 weeks before your departure date to allow for necessary shipping.
Persons meeting conditions (a) or (b) above are required to show proof at the point of purchase of an Exchange Order and at the time of exchanging to a JR Pass.
In the case of (b), you will need following the documents,
・ Proof that the individual planning to use the pass is living outside
・ Proof that said individual is married to a foreign national
・ Proof that spouse is living outside of Japan
In the case that the documents in compliance for (a) or (b) are presented as electronic data, the pass may be denied if the clerk is unable to verify the compliance