questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

to confirm, can i use the shinkansen and jr lines?

To confirm, can I use the shinkansen AND jr lines?

Hi all

I've never bought one of these before and I want to know if in addition to the jr lines, I can use the shinkansen also free of charge?

I am looking at this map:

But I am unsure if the ticket applies only to the jr lines since the shinkansen seems to be separately labelled with a different colour.

Thank you in advance.


Hi there,

Yes, both the Shinkansen (blue lines) and JR Lines (green lines) are covered by the JR Pass.

Hope this helps,


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