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Japan Rail Pass Types and Prices

Important Notice
JR Pass costing fluctuates weekly (Wednesday). The below costing applies to payment received by Tuesday of each week. For more information please consult with Travel Japan Staff.

Who is eligible for a Japan Rail Pass?

The JAPAN RAILPASS is a special ticket that is available only to travelers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sight-seeing. To be eligible to purchase a JAPAN RAILPASS you must meet one of the following two conditions.

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 as "Temporary Visitor," as shown below. Only persons who have a passport bearing this stamp can use a JAPAN RAILPASS.

There are 9 types of Japan Rail Pass!!


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* An Exchange Order must be presented in Japan within 3 months from date of issue.
   This must be done at a JR Station that has a Japan Rail Pass Exchange Office.
* Please contact Auckland office for NZ$ rates. 

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*Examples of the "Temporary Visitor"
entry status stamp

CAUTION:

1.  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 as "Temporary Visitor," as shown below. Only persons who have a passport bearing this stamp can use a JAPAN RAIL PASS.
       Caution:
       If you visit Japan with an Exchange Order (H.I.S. Exchange Order) to be exchanged in for a JAPAN RAIL PASS,
       the exchange cannot be made unless they have "temporary visitor" status: to enter Japan under any other official status,
       such as "trainee" or "entertainer" or "Re-entry Permit," will make the pass invalid. 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.

2.  You are a Japanese national living outside Japan, under the conditions below; 
     Who is married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than Japan. 
      a.who is qualified to live permanently in that country, or 
      b. who is married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than Japan.
       Caution:
       To purchase an Exchange Order or redeem your Exchange Order for a JAPAN RAIL PASS,
       you will be required to provide proof of eligibility as described below. 
       (a). Persons meeting condition must provide written proof of the following:
       Permanent resident status
       Residence outside Japan
      (b).Persons meeting condition must provide written proof of the following:
       Residence outside Japan
       Marriage to a non-Japanese individual
       Residence of their non-Japanese spouse outside Japan 
  
       Even if an applicant presents electronic data or other documentation, establishing their compliance
       with conditions a and b above, the pass may be denied if the clerk is unable to verify that compliance.
       Similarly, applicants with dual citizenship in Japan and another country will not be able to turn in their
       Exchange Order for a PASS if they entered Japan on their Japanese passport.

 Japanese nationals with Australian Permanent Resident should check their Visa Entitlement on the Australian Department of Immigration & Border Protection website prior to purchasing the JR Rail Pass.

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Note: Persons meeting conditions a or b above must be required to show proof of name at the point of purchase of an Exchange Order and obtaining a JAPAN RAIL PASS. Australian Residents traveling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR East,West,Shikoku, Hokkaido or Sanyo-Shikoku-Kyushu Rail Passes.

Japan Rail Pass

Japan Rail Pass

The Japan National Rail Pass is for unlimited travel on Japan Rail lines and selected buses and ferries.

With 12,400 miles of tracks you can rail almost anywhere in Japan.

  • Unlimited rail travel throughout Japan on the JR lines.
  • Available for a 7, 14 or 21 consecutive day period.
  • This pass offers Economy (2nd class) or Green (1st class) travel.

Important notes:
The JAPAN RAIL PASS is not valid for any seats, reserved or non-reserved, on “NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen lines. (The pass holders must take “HIKARI,” “SAKURA,” “KODAMA,” or “TSUBAME” trains.) If you use a “NOZOMI” or “MIZUHO” train, you must pay the basic fare and the limited express charge, and for a Green Car the Green Car surcharge. In addition, if you use the GranClass car of the Tohoku Shinkansen, you must pay the limited express charge and the GranClass car surcharge. 
Note also that passengers using JR trains on non-JR lines must pay additional fares and charges for sections traveled on such lines. Some JR trains use the lines of private railways for direct services.

 
Economy
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
07 Day AUD $346 AUD $173
14 Day AUD $551 AUD $275
21 Day AUD $705 AUD $352
Green
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
07 Day AUD $462 AUD $231
14 Day AUD $748 AUD $374
21 Day AUD $973 AUD $486

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JR East Pass

Japan East Pass

Travel throughout Tokyo & Eastern Japan with a JR East Pass!

This pass covers metropolitan Tokyo and many popular destinations in Eastern Japan
including: Nagano, Niigata, Sendai, Morioka, Misawa and Akita. Available for 5 days of flexi travel over 14days period.
The JR East Pass can be used on the Narita Express for direct access from Narita Airport to Tokyo.
Note: Australian Residents traveling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR East Pass.

Economy
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
05 Day Flex AUD $256 AUD $128

East Pass Destination: Nagano, Niigata, Sendai, Morioka, Misawa and Akita

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JR West Rail Pass

JR West - Japan West Kansai Pass

JR Explore the Kansai area of Japan with the Japan Rail West Pass Kansai

  • Caution: A Visitor may purchase Japan West Kansai Pass ONLY ONCE per visit.
  • Available for 1 to 4 days of consecutive travel.
  • This pass offers Economy (2nd class) travel only

Covering a smaller, more specific area of western Japan, this excursion pass allows the visitor to explore the many sightseeing
locations of the area including: Kyoto, Osaka, Kansai Airport, Kobe, Nara and Himeji.

 

 

Kansai Wide Area Pass

Explore the Kansai area, the Nanki area and the Okayama area of Japan with the Japan Rail West Wide Area Pass.

  • Caution: A Visitor may purchase Kansai Wide Area Pass ONLY ONCE per visit.
  • Available for 5 consecutive days travel.
  • This pass offers Economy (2nd class) travel only.
  • Kansai WIDE Area Pass is not valid for “Tokaido Shinkansen (Shin-Osaka⇔Tokyo), and “Kyushu Shinkansen” (Hakata⇔Kagoshima-Chuo).

Kansai Wide Area Pass is valid on non-reserved seats on the Sanyo Shinkansen ( incl. Nozomi and Mizuho between Shin-Osaka and Okayama), and the Limited express rapid service and local trains from Kansai Airport to Osaka, Kyoto Kobe, Nara, Himeji, the Okayama Area, Wakayama, Shirahama, Kinosaki Onsen, Shiga and Tsuruga, Takamaatsu and Iga-Ueno.



Hokuriku Area Pass

*Not valid on the Hokuriku Shinkansen "KAGAYAKI"as all seats are reserved. * If travelling on the Himi, Johana or Nanao lines, Limited Express services can also be used as an exception, if no stops are made on the IR Ishikawa Railway and Ainokaze Toyama Railway. - Seven days of unlimited travel on the Hokuriku Shinkansen (Bullet Train) between Kanazawa and Joetsu-Myoko plus non-reserved seating in limited express trains and local services in the Hokuriku and Kansai areas. - Able to purchase the pass in Japan, save by purchasing in Australia before your departure !!

 

Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass

*Not valid on the Tokaido Shinkansen (not valid on the Shinkansen between Shin-Osaka and Kyoto). *Not valid on the Hokuriku Shinkansen "KAGAYAKI", as all sets are reserved. -Seven days of unlimited travel on the Hokuriku Shinkansen (Bullet Train) between Kanazawa and Joetsu-Myoko plus non-reserved seating in limited express trains and local services in the Hokuriku and Kansai areas. - Able to purchase the pass in Japan, save by purchasing in Australia before your departure !!



San'in Okayama Area Pass

The San'in–Okayama Area Pass will be upgraded from April 1, 2015.
-Unlimited travel on limited express trains, rapid services, and local services in the San'in and Okayama areas.
-Extended validity period. Tickets purchased or used on or after April 1, 2015, valid for 4 days. Expanded service area.
  Ticket-holders can now use the Chizu Express line.
-Offers superb convenience and value for travellers also visiting the Kansai area when used in conjunction with a Kansai WIDE Area Pass.
- Able to purchase the pass in Japan, save by purchasing in Australia before your departure !!

Economy
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
01 Day Kansai AUD $26 AUD $13
02 Day Kansai AUD $51 AUD $25
03 Day Kansai AUD $63 AUD $31
04 Day Hokuriku Area AUD $59 AUD $29
04 Day Kansai AUD $74 AUD $37
04 Day San'in Okayama Area Pass AUD $53 AUD $26
05 Day Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area AUD $130 AUD $65
05 Day Kansai-Hiroshima Area AUD $154 AUD $77
05 Day Setouchi Area AUD $190 AUD $95
05 Day West Kansai Wide Area AUD $101 AUD $50
07 Day Kansai Hokuriku Area AUD $178 AUD $89
07 Day Sanyo-San'in Area AUD $225 AUD $112

Kansai Pass Destination: Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara, Himeji and other places in Kansai area
Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass Destination: Fukuoka Airport to Yamaguchi and Hiroshima on the Sanyo Shinkansen
( not valid on the conbentional lines within Kyushu between Hakata and Shimonoseki). * Separate fare and change must be paid when using the SL YAMAGUCHI.
Kansai HIroshima Area Pass Destination: Between Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima on the Sanyo Shinkansen ( incl,Nozomi and Mizuho)
the Limited Express, Rapid Service and local trains with non-reserved seats, and the JR-West miyajima Ferry from Kansai Airport to Hiroshima, Okayama area and Takamatsu. in addition area. ( *not Valid on the Tokaido Shinkansen between Shin- Osaka and Kyoto
San'in Okayama Area Pass: The service will be start from 1st April 2015.

Note: Australian Residents traveling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR West Rail Pass.

JR Pass Online Booking Form

JR Kyushu Rail Pass

Japan Kyushu Island Pass

The Japan Rail Kyushu Island Pass covers the island of Kyushu in West Japan.

The Kyushu Island Railpass is ideal for travelling to places like Nagasaki, Suizenji Park, Kagoshima and Obi Castle.
It also includes travel on the new Kyushu Shinkansen train.

  • Available for a 3 or 5 consecutive day period
  • This pass offers Economy (2nd class) travel only.
Economy
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
03 Day AUD $178 AUD $89
03 Day Northern Kyushu AUD $101 AUD $50
05 Day AUD $214 AUD $107
05 Day Northern Kyushu AUD $118 AUD $59

Kyushu Pass Destination: Fukuoka, Beppu, Mt. Aso, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Saga, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Oita and other places in Kyushu area
Note: Non-Japanese citizens who are visiting Japan for the purpose of sightseeing and traveling on a short-stay visa.
       1, You must hold a passport issued by a country other than Japan.
       2, You must reside outside Japan and are visiting Japan on a short-stay visa.
       3, If you are a Japanese citizen, you can use a JR Kyushu Rail Pass, in case of meeting the following three conditions.
           - you have a permanent resident status in a foreign country;
           - you hold an airline ticket to depart Japan within three months; and
           - you have purchased a Voucher for JR Kyushu Rail Pass overseas
 Those who satisfy conditions 1 and 2 above, or just 3 .

JR Pass Online Booking Form

JR Hokkaido Pass

Japan Hokkaido Rail Pass

Explore the Island of Hokkaido in Japan by Rail

The Hokkaido Rail Pass is valid for all train lines of the Hokkaido Railway Co. and selected JR Hokkaido Bus lines.
Excluding: Sapporo - Asahikawa, Sapporo - Mombetsu, Sapposo - Obihiro, Sapporo - Kiroro, Sapporo - Erimo, Hiroo & irrgular lines.
The Hokkaido pass offers the following durations:

  • 3 day consecutive pass
  • 5 day consecutive pass
  • 4 day flexi pass (over a 10 day period)

Note: Australian Residents traveling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR Hokkaido Rail Pass.

Economy
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
03 Day AUD $196 AUD $98
04 Day Flex AUD $261 AUD $130
05 Day AUD $261 AUD $130

Hokkaido Pass Destination: Hakodate, Niseko, Noboribetsu, Sapporo, Otaru, Asahikawa, Kushiro and Abashiri

JR Pass Online Booking Form 

JR Central Pass


JR Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass

The Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass covers between Nagoya, Gero and Takayama, and linking Kanazawa, Kaga-onsen, Awara-onsen, Kyoto and Osaka.You can also use reserved seats for up to four times.

Unlimited access to buses between Takayama, World Heritage Shirakawa-go and Kanazawa.
The pass offers you unlimited access for five days to limited express trains of conventional lines and ordinary trains running between Nagoya, Gero and Takayama, and linking Kanazawa, Kagaonsen, Awaraonsen, Kyoto and Osaka. You can also use reserved seats for up to four times.   

Note: The tickets may be purchased only by customer that have a passport issued by a nation other than Japan and          
          whose visa status in Japan is " short-term Stay "          
          This pass is not available for purchase in Japan. Please purchase an Exchange Order before leaving to Japan          
          Please exchange order can be exchanged for the pass after entry in to a Japan.



JR Ise - Kumano Area Tourist Pass

The Ise - Kumano Area Tourist Pass covers between Nagoya - Kii- Katsuura ( via Kansai line / Ise Tetsudo line / Kisei line) and Taki - Toba ( Sangu line). Reserved seats on ordinary cars can be used up to four times as well.


Unlimited rides on JR conventional lines running between Nagoya, Matsusaka, Owase, Kumanoshi, Shingu, Nachi and Kii-Katsuura, and linking Taki, Iseshi and Toba! Unlimited rides on buses convenient for visiting Ise Jingu Shrine, Toba area, and World Heritage listed Kumano Kodo (including Kumano Hongu Taisha, Kumano Hayatama Taisha and Kumano Nachi Taisha)!

Note: The tickets may be purchased only by customer that have a passport issued by a nation other than Japan and 
          whose visa status in Japan is " short-term Stay "
         This pass is not available for purchase in Japan. Please purchase an Exchange Order before leaving to Japan
          Please exchange order can be exchanged for the pass after entry in to a Japan.

 

Economy
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
05 Day Ise Kumano Area Tourist Pass AUD $124 AUD $62
05 Day Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass AUD $160 AUD $80

 

JR Pass Online Booking Form

JR All Shikoku Rail Pass

JR All Shikoku Pass

Explore the Island of Shikoku in Japan by Rail.

The rail pass provides unlimited travel on the following railway lines and trains. JR Shikoku,
Tosa Kuroshio Railway, Asa Kaigan Railway, Kotoden, Iyotetsu and Tosaden. .

  • Available for a 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 consecutive day period
  • This pass offers Economy (2nd class) travel only.
  • All Shikoku Pass is not valid for travel on the following routes, trains and sections (payment of a separate fare is required).
    All Shikoku Pass is not valid for Sunrise Seto trains and selected bus services.
    If you travel beyond the valid area of the rail pass, you will be required to pay the fares and charges specified by the railway company concerned for the sections travelled.
        The rail pass is valid for travel on the Seto-Ohashi Line south of Kojima Station (operated by JR Shikoku); the section north of Kojima Station is operated by JR West. 
        If you travel south (towards Shikoku) from Okayama Station via Kojima Station or if you travel north (towards Okayama Station) from Shikoku via Kojima Station,
        you will be charged the respective fares and charges starting or ending at Kojima Station.

Note: Australian Residents traveling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR Shikoku Rail Pass.

Economy
Duration Adult (12+) Child (6-11)
02 Day AUD $74 AUD $37
03 Day AUD $85 AUD $42
04 Day AUD $93 AUD $46
05 Day AUD $115 AUD $57

 All Shikoku Pass Destination: All Shikoku Area

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