When it comes to choosing the best alternative to travel in Japan, the JRPass is the cheapest and most comfortable way. With this pass we will access JR’s transport system throughout Japan with the exception of Nozomi and Mizuho Shinkansen.
You can choose between the JR Pass Standard, or the JR Pass Green which grants you access to first class. Once you proceed to your purchase, a voucher will be sent. You will have to go to the exchange office (See the Offices here) to redeem it for your JR Pass. You must bear in mind that you have a maximum of 3 months to use your Japan Rail Pass with which you will be able to travel during the period of time you have chosen, which can be 7, 14 or 21 days.
Don’t forget that if you wish to reserve a seat, an option recommended during high tourism season, you can apply for it at the JR box office.
The Japan Rail Pass is available to any traveler who visits Japan with a Tourist Visa stamped in their passport. Without the Tourist Visa you will not be eligible, and therefore, you will not be able to exchange your order (JR voucher) for the actual Japan Rail Pass.
There are 2 types of Tourist Visa:
– For a stay of 15 days or less
– For a stay of 90 days or less
Any foreign citizen who applies for “stay for sight-seeing” will be granted a Tourist visa stamp or sticker
JR or Japan Railways is a group of transport companies located in Japan. In addition to local trains and Shinkansen (Bullet Train), it also has a network of buses, monorails and ferries.
The pass that you receive is just a voucher to redeem at the JR offices. It cannot be used to travel until it is redeemed. It is not necessary to exchange the pass for the same day, if you wish, you can go to the office and tell them that you are going to start using it on the date you want, they will mark your pass with the start date and from that day you can use it.
Yes, the maximum purchase date of the JR Pass is 3 months before the date of use. You can buy it until 24 hours before your trip always taking in consideration the time it may take to send it to your place of reception.
Yes, except on certain trains. The Green Pass gives you access to Green cars with their respective privileges.
No, you will have to change the document received at your place of reception in one of the JR offices
The Green Pass has certain advantages that cannot be obtained with an ordinary pass:
- Larger and reclining seats up to 40º, with footrests and more space between seats.
- Audio equipment in the seat.
- More space for your luggage.
- Hot towel and drink on the JR Hokkaido line as well as larger windows.
- Certain JRs have a smoking area in the Green Cars. (N700 Series)
- Private compartments on certain Limited Express trains.
- Insured seat. In the high season it is advisable to buy the Green Pass.