How The Japan Rail Pass Works

Purchase JR Pass

1. Buy your Japan Rail Pass.

When purchasing the Japan Rail Pass there are multiple options you can select from. Choose between 7, 14 or 21 days. You can also select Economy or Green (premium) class. Adult & Child passes are available. Please note the Exchange order will be valid for 3 months from the date of issue so ensure your date of use is within that time period.

Receive JR Pass

2. Receive Your Exchange Order

After purchasing your Japan Rail Pass you will receive your Exchange Order via Mail. Treat this as your actual pass because you will need this to swap into your Japan Rail Pass.

Fly To Japan

3. Go to Japan

Your bags are packed and you are finally set to embark on your trip to Japan. Make sure that you have your exchange order with you. You can learn about planning your trip here

Stamp in Japan

4. Get your ‘Temporary Visitor’ stamp

On arrival into Japan you will automatically get a temporary visitor stamp in your passport if you are a U.S. passport holder. If you are working or studying you will not get this. For all other country passport holders please check your VISA requirements.

JR Pass Exchange Order

5. Swap your Exchange Order into a Japan Rail Pass

You will now need to locate the nearest JR Exchange office. You will transform your exchange order in to your Japan Rail Pass here but make sure you have your passport, temporary visitor stamp and exchange order with you. You will be asked to set an activate date which can be up to 30 days from the date of transformation. So you don’t have to start using it straight away.

JR Train

6. Discover Japan using your Japan Rail Pass

You can now start using your Japan Rail Pass to discover Japan. Once you start using your pass it will expire in 7/14/21 concurrent days. You can read more about using your pass here


How The Japan Rail Pass Works

The Japan Rail Pass is your ultimate travel pass which gives you unlimited travel on the JR Railway, selected JR buses and ferries. You can choose to travel in economy or green (premium) class and passes are available in 7, 14 and 21 day options. You will save money and have more freedom with the Japan Rail Pass. Explore Japan now!

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