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The Japan Rail Pass is the ideal travel solution and the best way to explore Japan by train. With a JR Pass, you can travel without restriction on all the JR train network of more than 20,000 km, buses or ferry.


  • Travel anywhere in Japan with a single ticket 
  • Flexibility in duration: Valid for 7, 14 or 21 days
  • Avoid spending on multiple train tickets and save money 
  • Ride any JR train without having to book ahead of time 
  • Reduced price for children aged 11 and under (free of charge for infants aged below 6
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How does the Japan Rail Pass work ?

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Receive your Japan Rail Pass voucher within 2 to 3 days

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Exchange and activate your JR Pass voucher upon arrival in Japan


Ride the JR network, including the shinkansen at no extra cost

Everything You Need to Know About the Japan Rail Pass

Choose the best JR Pass for your itinerary

Tokyo <> Kyoto

Between 7 and 10 days

A round-trip ticket from Tokyo to Kyoto by Shinkansen and day trips en route (to Kamakura, Nara or the Greater Tokyo area, for example) cost the same as a 7-day JR Pass. If you're planning several long-distance trips, it's more cost-effective to cover them with a JR Pass!

Tokyo <> surrounding cities

Between 7 and 10 days

Imagine you are staying in Japan for no longer than 10 days, and that in addition to Tokyo, you would like to visit the highlights in surrounding districts, such as Mount Fuji, Nikko and Nagano. In this situation, you can definitely maximize a 7-day JR Pass.

Tokyo <> Kanazawa <> Kyoto <> Tokyo

Between 10 and 14 days

Visit Tokyo for a few days, then use your JR Pass to explore Kanazawa and Kyoto, before returning to Tokyo.

Tokyo <> Kanazawa <> Kyoto <> Hiroshima

Between 14 and 21 days

Ideal for first-time travelers. After spending a few days in Tokyo, a 14-day JR Pass would allow you to visit the main landmarks of Kyoto, Kanazawa, Osaka and Hiroshima. Don’t miss out on Miyajima - the JR Miyajima Ferry is also covered by your Pass!

Japan from North to South

Between 18 days or more

For keen travelers, this itinerary covers most of the major sites: starting from the natural island of Hokkaido, head down to Mount Fuji and the Japanese Alps, then ancient Kyoto, the islands of Naoshima and Miyajima, and the steaming hot onsens of Kyushu Island!

Upgrade to a JR Green Pass?

The "Green Pass" allows you to travel in the "Green Car", the equivalent of First Class, on all valid Shinkansen (excluding Nozomi and Mizuho) and certain express lines.

The Green Japan Rail Pass is not as well-known by foreign travelers but, considering the comfort it offers, the extra luggage space, additional leg room, along with other ammenities (such as a hot towel and complimentary drinks on certain lines), it is good value for the money.

If you plan on travelling during peak travel seasons (such as May, August, and September), purchasing the Green Japan Rail Pass is an excellent option. The
Green Car is often less crowded, giving you a better chance of getting a seat reservation.

Benefits Ordinary JR Pass Green JR Pass (1st Class)
Unlimited ride on JR Network
Access to bullet trains (Shinkansen)
Access to First Class compartment
Comfortable and reclining seats
Free seat reservations
Additional baggage space
Privacy and quiet compartment
Additional amenities including drink and an Oshibori wet towel.

JRP Care

The JRP Care offer is a world exclusive from Japan Experience, the only company to offer this assistance service to JR Pass holders in Japan.

  • 100% refund of your Japan Rail Pass (unused JR Pass Vouchers must be returned first)
  • 7/7 help-desk service, in English & Japanese
  • Expert advice on train travel in Japan, and unlimited tips on itineraries tested by our travel consultant
  • Assistance in case of emergency during your train travel in Japan
JRP Care

JRP Carbon-free

Estimated CO₂ emissions per passenger for a trip from Tokyo to Kyoto (return) is 2kg CO₂

  • Your contribution to the JRP Carbon-free Project will go towards the plantation of trees in Nagano prefecture, in the Japanese Alps and in Coral Planting in Okinawa.
  • With this initial campaigns, Japan Experience looks forward to instituting further projects to maximize the off-setting of carbon emissions that serve as an unfortunate side-effect to the beauties of travel.


JRP Carbon-free Project

JRP & Suica Wallet 

Keep your JR Pass & Train Tickets safe

  • Fits easily anywhere, in a trouser pocket, handbag or clutch bag.
  • Waterproof and magnetic: the Suica card can be beeped at turnstiles without taking it out of the holder.
  • With its red design and Japanese theme, it's a beautiful souvenir of Japan.
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Complementary information about the Japan Rail Pass

How to exchange the JR Pass Voucher?

  • The voucher can be exchanged for a 3-month period following the date of issue.
  • To exchange the voucher for the Japan Rail Pass, you will need your passport.
  • The activation date of the pass, once the pass has been exchanged, cannot be changed.
  • JR exchange points: Read More

Validity of the JR Pass

  • The Japan Rail Pass is valid on all JR lines throughout Japan. This includes free use of almost all Shinkansen (Hikari, Sakura, Kodama, Hayabusa etc). Since 1st of October 2023, the Shinkansen Nozomi and Mizuho can also be used with the Japan Rail Pass. To take these two trains, travellers have to pay an extra charge in stations for the mandatory seat reservation (4.000 - 8.000 Yen).
  • The pass is valid on the Tokyo Monorail, some lines of Aomori Railways and some local JR buses.
  • The Pass is valid on the JR Miyajima ferry in Hiroshima.
  • The Japan Rail Pass is not valid on private (non-JR) railway lines such as: Hakone-Tozan, Nankai-Koya, Fujikyu, Kitakinki-Tango. Some JR trains do travel over non-JR tracks and JR Pass holders are required to pay a supplement for this part of the journey (either on board or at the station).

Who is eligible for a JR Pass?

The Japan Rail Pass is accessible to any traveler, with a foreign passport, traveling to Japan with a "temporary visitor" visa of 90 days or less: tourist, business trip, family visit, etc...

People who travel to Japan for more than 90 days (working holiday, military, diplomatic, cultural, research, working visa, etc.) are not eligible. Japanese citizens can buy and use the JR Pass if they reside abroad and have proof of a ten-year consecutive residency. This proof must be issued before purchasing the Japan Rail Pass.

Be aware, however, that the conditions are very restrictive.

You must obtain and fill in one of the following documents:

1 - An "Overseas Residential Registration" from the Japanese Embassy of your place of residence

2 - A "Certificate of Overseas Residence" from the Japanese Embassy of your place of residence

3 – For the United States, Brazil and Canada, a permanent residency card (the length of residence must be at least 10 years on the day you purchase the JR Pass).

For more information, please see our FAQ below

Frequently Asked Questions about the JR Pass.

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