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* Names you enter in purchase order MUST match names on passport including full middle name. Failure to do so will result in starting over your entire Japan Rail pass order. * Prices are subject to change without notice* Child 5 years of age and under not requiring a seat is free of charge.

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We chose the flexible four-day pass. What this means is you can travel all across the island on any of its JR-affiliated trains and buses within a 10-day period. You basically get to travel as much as you want within four lots of 24 hour periods.

It is a little pricey, though, with this four-day flexible pass costing 22,000, so it may not be worth it depending on your plans. But you will save money if exploring Hokkaido at a fast pace is what you want to do!

This pass is good for the beaches of Shirahama to the south, the incredible Buddhist complex of temples and winding old pilgrimage routes of Koya-san, the ancient temples of Kyoto, and the famous (and famously beautiful) 500-year-old castle at Himeji.

Money-Saving Tip: Keep in mind that you may want to get a JR Pass for just a portion of your trip. For example, if you plan to travel in Japan for 2 weeks, a 7-day pass might be all you need if you plan to spend the beginning and end of your trip in one place.

During this trip, we purchased the 7-day pass, which was a lot of money for us to fork over at the time. We were living and teaching English in South Korea back then, and compared to the cost of trains in Korea, we felt like the JR Pass was super expensive.

Before both our trips to Japan (in 2015 and 2019), we ordered passes through JRail Pass (, an official vendor. Both times, our communications with JRail Pass were professional and timely.

Just like booking a flight, fill out the name of each passenger, length of pass (7-, 14- or 21-day pass), standard or Green Pass (first class), estimated date of arrival in Japan, and delivery address for the ticket voucher.

Important: The exchange order is NOT your J-Rail Pass, but instead is a voucher of sorts. You will need to present your exchange order along with your tourist visa (stamp in your passport) at the train station, as explained below.

Typically, it is on the left-hand side of the entrance gates, and there will be a person at the booth. You will show your ticket (if you have one) and your JR Pass. They will look at your pass and wave you through.

Your pass will be mailed to your home address, so do not delay this process. We cut it pretty close by ordering our passes a week before our trip, but thankfully, the shipping is fast and we got the package just in time.

The quickest and most comfortable option to get to Narita Airport is on the JR Narita Express, which takes just 60 minutes and is free as part of the JR Pass. (The Narita Express train costs 3,000 yen ($22.74 USD) one way without the pass.)

Hi Lenny, Great question. Our general rule of thumb is if you are traveling to three or more cities, purchasing the Japan Rail Pass is a good idea.For you, if you are traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto to Osaka, and then back to Tokyo to fly out, then you definitely should get the pass. If you are only going Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka and flying out of Osaka, then it gets a little more complicated. The prices are still pretty comparable once you add in the transportation within each city without the pass (especially for Tokyo and Osaka, and getting to the airports).Most of the time the JR Pass will suffice within the city, but you might have to get a refillable metro card if you want to go to a specific stop.You can use Hyperdia or the Japan Official App to calculate the cost of buying each train/metro individually. Then compare that total to the 7-day Pass. My guess is it will come pretty close and any extra cost for the JR Pass will make up for the time of having to buy each individual ticket (and standing in line) at each station when you are in Japan. I hope this help!

When or How is the JRpass activated? On the jrailpass website it only asks when you arrive. Is that the activation day? So, i want to buy a 7 day pass, but want to start using it 2 or 3 days after i arrive, because thats when ill be going to Kyoto and back to Tokyo.

Hey Chris, great question. You can start your pass whenever you want, it does not depend on your arrival date in Japan. Whenever you want to activate your 7-day pass, you have to go to a JR Ticket Counter and they can activate it for you.Just a reminder, before you activate the pass you will have to pay individually for your train rides/metro around Tokyo.

Hi Ben, Thanks for all your help in understanding the Japan Rail system. This summer we will be visiting Sendai, Kyoto, Hakone and Tokyo and plan to heavily use the JR. When we arrive in Japan (Haneda) on Saturday afternoon we plan to immediately take the Shinkansen from Tokyo Station to Sendai. Is there a way to reserve seats on the train before arriving in Japan or we just hope for the best when we pick up the pass at the airport upon arrival? Thanks! Brian

I was impressed with your website and decided to buy the JRailpass thru you .The Japan Rail pass , On the front page promises free FedEX delivery but at the end of the process they charge for the delivery.So, what givesHope to hear from youBenny

Once you arrive in Japan, go to any of the JR Exchange offices at airport terminals, train, or metro stations to make the exchange with your JR Exchange Order. You need your passport (with a Temporary visitor stamp/sticker in it) and the physical Exchange Order. Only the original document is accepted. You can then choose the first day you wish to start using it by telling the member of staff.

The pass is the one ticket for unlimited travel around Japan on the JR Network, which includes most types of trains on both the hyper fast Shinkansen bullet train lines and extensive conventional rail network. With over 20,135 km of rail to explore, the Japan Rail Pass is your sightseeing passport for the whole country.

Additionally, the Japan Rail Pass includes a variety of other transport like local JR busses, ferries and the Tokyo Monorail. Various discounts are also available upon showing the pass at hotels, shops and museums.

The Japan Rail Pass is a physical ticket, similar to your national passport. That means there are some logistics to take care of, like shipping the Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order to you. It is thus important to order the pass ahead of travel.

The Japan rail pass was designed for tourists just like yourself. Many people love the idea of going to Japan for an extended vacation (see our 7-day and 14-day itineraries), hoping around from city to city, seeing all the temples and incredible landscapes along the way; maybe even visiting during cherry blossom season.

The Japan rail pass is a virtually all-you-can-use travel pass that only tourists can buy for a specific duration (7, 14 or 21 days). You can use it on pretty much any train, at any time, without the hassle of purchasing tickets in advance.

You can buy a rail pass that gets you standard seats or splurge for the Green Pass, a first-class rail pass that gets you reserved seats, plus other perks, in the best carriages. The pass can provide significant savings over buying single tickets. The current price for an adult, standard, 7-day pass is $219 USD; 14 days is $349 USD.

To make things even easier, many stations now offer automated ticket machines which can be used to quickly and conveniently reserve seats in advance. You just have to insert your pass into the machine and follow the on-screen instructions to choose your destination and select a date and time that suits you best.

I did a lot of research on our train journeys before we went to Japan to see if the Japan Rail Pass would be worth it for us. You should also do that research. The only way to truly know if the pass will benefit you is to look up each route you wish to take, write down all the associated ticket costs and add it all up.

For a quick look at the typical cost of tickets to and from top cities, take a look at the chart on It will help you quickly add your costs. There are three main scenarios where the JR pass is not worth it.

Yes, the number of days you purchase for your pass must be used consecutively. Once the pass has been activated, the validity period of the pass begins and it expires the set number of days later, whether it be 7, 14, or 21 days. It cannot be changed or extended.

Only you can decide if the Japan Rail Pass is worth it for you or not. The two main benefits of the pass are monetary savings and the convenience of not having to figure out how to buy tickets for each journey. If those two things are important to you, then you should definitely buy the JR pass.

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 as "Temporary Visitor," as shown below. *In order to receive or use JAPAN RAIL PASS, your passport must bear this stamp or sticker.

It depends on the country. We dispatch within 1 business day to the UK, US, Canada, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and more. For a full list of countries see:

What exactly is a Japan Rail Pass though? A JR Pass is way to let foreigners travel by train throughout Japan using one pass with one cost instead of having to buy multiple tickets. The trains used are Japanese bullet trains that run through the JR lines, and can only be used on JR lines. But rest assured, the JR lines run all across Japan making it the most fast and convenient way to travel from prefecture to prefecture for the price. 041b061a72

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