The JAPAN RAIL PASS (JR Pass for short) is a convenient free pass usable on almost all JR lines. JR is short for Japan Railways, the most prominent railway network of Japan, which operates a large proportion of intercity rail service, including the Shinkansen high-speed rail lines, as well as commuter rail service. Only a foreign tourist visiting Japan for sight-seeing purposes under the entry status of a "temporary visitor" AND a Japanese national living in a foreign country is eligible for a JR Pass. The JR Pass Exchange Order, exchangeable at JR stations with JR Pass exchange offices in Japan, cannot be purchased inside Japan.
JAPAN RAIL PASS types and prices
There are two types of Japan Rail Pass: Green (able to use for superior-class Green cars) and Ordinary.
7day, 14-day, or 21-day pass.
*The above are YEN prices for a JAPAN RAIL PASS Exchange Order.
The actual cost in USD is calculated at the time the Exchange Order is issued.
Note that the purchase exchange rate may differ from the exchange rate in effect when you actually visit Japan.
The local currency price, applicable exchange rate, and issue date for an Exchange Order are specified on the Exchange Order itself.
PASS prices for children apply from age 6 to and including age 11.
Please note that the prices are subject to change.
The applicable price is the price valid on the date when an Exchange Order is issued.
JAPAN RAIL PASS validity
1. Transportation services -Railways: All JR Group Railways--Shinkansen (super express) (except "NOZOMI"), limited express trains, express trains, and rapid or local trains. (Not usable on some trains) -Buses: JR Bus Companies: Local lines of JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus, West Japan JR Bus , Chugoku JR Bus, and JR Kyushu Bus. -JR Bus Divisions: Local bus lines of JR Shikoku -JR Highway Bus Lines: Sapporo-Otaru; Morioka-Hirosaki/Aomori/Towadako; Tokyo-Shizuoka/Hamamatsu/Okazaki/Toyota/Nagoya/Kyoto/ Osaka/Tsukuba Center;Nagoya-Kyoto/Osaka; Osaka-Tsuyama Car Shed/Kasai Flower Center Ferry: JR Ferry (Miyajima - Miyajimaguchi), except "Beetle II" (Hakata - Pusan) Remarks: The JAPAN RAIL PASS is not valid for "NOZOMI" Shinkansen trains. If you use a "NOZOMI," you must pay the ordinary fare and the limited express charge, and if in a Green car, the Green car charge. Passengers using train on non-JR lines* must pay respective fares and charges applicable to sections traveled on such lines.2. Accommodations
Many JR trains have Green cars (superior accommodations); all have ordinary cars. You can use Green cars or ordinary cars with a Green-type JAPAN RAIL PASS, and you can use ordinary cars with an Ordinary-type JAPAN RAIL PASS, without paying additional charges. Refer to the followings. The cars with can be used with JAPAN RAIL PASS. Use of the cars with requires paying additional charges.
Trains Accomodations Green Ordinary Shinkansen Green car, Ordinary car Green private compartment, Ordinary private compartment, Limited express and ordinary express Green car, Ordinary car Green private compartment, Ordinary private compartment, Sleeping car, Local and rapid trains Green car, Ordinary car
Remarks: Green private compartments are on certain limited express trains, such as "NARITA EXPRESS" and "Super-view Odoriko." Use of "Home Liner" and other "liner" trains requires an additional charge.
3. Valid period
The valid period of a JAPAN RAIL PASS is the consecutive 7, 14, or 21days beginning on the date the PASS is first used.
Within three months from the date the Exchange Order was issued, you must turn in your Exchange Order to obtain your JAPAN RAIL PASS. At that time, you have to specify the date that you want to start using the PASS. It can be any date within one month from the date the pass is received. Once the PASS has a starting date written on it, the date cannot be changed.
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