Japan Rail Pass is an economical pass only available for foreign tourists under the entry status of “Temporary Visitor” that allows access to the JR network nationwide.

It is a lot cheaper to travel with this pass than to buy the ticket each time you travel, especially when visiting multiple prefectures using the bullet trains. Also, having this pass makes it easy to travel as you do not need to check the ticket price or do the payment every time you get on a train.

Until March 2017, Japan Rail Pass was only available for purchase at some designated travel agencies outside Japan. However, since last March, it can be purchased at designated JR counter in Japan including Narita Airport, Haneda Airport and Kansai Airport as well but at increased prices. As of now, JR says they have extended the period of sales in Japan until March 2019.

The good thing about this is that travelers who did not know about Japan Rail Pass until they landed in Japan will be able to purchase the pass in Japan. However, travelers should be aware that the prices are different when you purchase it in Japan. *Green Car is a first class car with more spacious seats.

Prices When You Purchase Overseas (As of April 2018)
Car Type Green Ordinary
Ticket type Adult Child Adult Child
7 Days 38880JPY 19440JPY 29110JPY 14550JPY
14 Days 62950JPY 31470JPY 46390JPY 23190JPY
21 Days 81870JPY 40930JPY 59350JPY 29670JPY


Prices When You Purchase in Japan
Car Type Green Ordinary
Ticket type Adult Child Adult Child
7 Days 44000JPY 22000JPY 33000JPY 16500JPY
14 Days 71000JPY 35500JPY 52000JPY 26000JPY
21 Days 90000JPY 45000JPY 65000JPY 32500JPY


There are many rules about the use of the pass. Also, even if you have purchased the exchange order, if you do not meet the qualifications for using the pass, they will not issue the pass in Japan. Please read the website carefully before purchasing one.