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eligibility for jr pass

Eligibility for JR Pass

I will be travelling to Japan for NYE and I will be purchasing a 14 day JR pass. I have a friend who is an Australian resident working in Japan teaching English. He has a visa but is not a permanent resident. Am I able to buy him a JR pass before I come over as well, so he can use it while we travel around for a few weeks?


Hi Sam!

You can only use a Japan Rail Pass if you are on a Tourist visa ("Temporary Visitor" entry status) in Japan.
So any other Visa (Work, Student etc) is not eligible.

Sorry for the bad news :(

Hope you have a great time in Japan!


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