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jr pass for non citizen residents

JR Pass for non citizen residents

Will my daughter who is a US citizen and is currently living in Japan teaching english be eligible for a JRPASS if I purchase one for her prior to our visit to Japan to see her? We will be tourist for 2 weeks


Hi there,

Unfortunately only those who enter Japan under a tourist visa are eligible for use of the JR Pass. Other visa types, do not qualify.

Also see:

Hope this helps,


Your only hope for your daughter would be to get a JR Kanto Area Pass for the region around Tokyo. She could still save a lot of money with it though, on numerous day trips out from Tokyo.

Best of luck.


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