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how to use your Japan Rail Pass

JRPassを使う方法

How-to-use

パスを購入

Japan Rail Pass(ジャパン・レール・パス)を注文する 旅行期間に合わせて7日間、14日間、21日間有効のジャパン・レール・パスを選ぶ

ジャパンレールパスは外国人旅行者を対象としており、日本人が利用する場合は一定の条件があります。内容全体を記載したジャパンレールパス利用資格はこちらです。

パスを交換

購入を完了しましたら、'Exchange Order(交換オーダー)'を受け取ります。これは日本到着時に有効になり交換します。

日本到着後、引換証は内容確認ののち実際のパスと交換されます。

引換は日本国内のどの引換所でも行うことができます。 最寄の引換所を確認しましょう

旅行をお楽しみください

ジャパンレールパスは日本国内すべての鉄道、バス、およびフェリーに適用できます。 ジャパンレールパス マップ を確認し、旅行を計画しましょう。

全適用範囲の詳細は こちらです。

JRグループホテルにご滞在でジャパンレールパスをお持ちの方を対象とした スペシャルサービス もぜひご確認ください。

旅行のヒント

Itinerary tip: Shibuya, Tokyo

Shibuya and its famous crossing have been captured on celluloid thousand of times, now it's your turn to see it for real...

Itinerary tip: Geisha Makeover

A unique alternative to the dress-up of your childhood, be made up as a Geisha or Samurai in the old Japanese capital of Kyoto.

Easy day trips from Tokyo

From Tokyo many amazing sights are within easy reach. By basing yourself in the city you can use your JR Pass to day trip out to these Japanese gems.

Festivals: Tepees and tents more your thing?

In a previous post we mentioned traditional festivals, here we give you the 411 on music festivals, Japan-style!

Let your hair down at Karaoke!

Temples, rice fields, cityscapes and shopping. A visit to Japan isn't complete without blasting out 'your version' of a favourite song at karaoke!

Experience a traditional festival

A matsuri is the perfect way to glimpse a part of Japanese culture not normally seen in daily life. With 100s every year enjoy one during your stay.

Day trip to Nara

Day trip to Nara

Itinerary tip: Mt. Koya

Mt. Koya, with its thick forests and monastic complex, is an incredible place to visit from Osaka, Kyoto or Nara. Click here to read more.

Ski/Snowboard day trip from Tokyo by Japan Rail Pass!

Fancy some snow? Use the JR Pass to visit the ski resort of Gala Yuzawa. 1.5hrs by bullet from Tokyo, Gala Yuzawa also has full gear rental service!

Itinerary tip: Nara

If you base yourself around Kyoto or Osaka you can use your Japan Rail Pass to day-trip to the best sights in the area - Nara being one of them.

Itinerary tip: Mt. Fuji

For many, seeing the snow-capped peak of Japan's no.1 volcano, Mt. Fuji, will be at the top of your list of things to do.

Follow the cherry blossom with your JR Pass

Perhaps THE most social part of the Japanese calendar, Hanami is a beautiful time to visit the country and join in some cherry blossom bbqs!

Itinerary tip: Beaches

Crystal clear waters and white sand, yes, Japan is not just temples, geisha and electronics! Find out where to catch some rays here...

Itinerary tip: Kotokuin Daibutsu

A fantastic day trip from Tokyo, visit Kamakura and the huuuuge Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple.

Itinerary tip: The Japan Alps

The Japan Alps has lots to offer - farmhouses, gardens, onsen, local craft, teahouses and samurai dwellings - the perfect antidote to neon cities...

An overnight Ryōkan experience

Spending a night in a traditional inn, or Ryōkan, is an experience you must try while in Japan. Tatami rooms, futon, onsen and kaiseki food!

Itinerary tip: Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

The master of Japanese Anime, Hayao Miyazaki, has set up an interactive museum to his work and it's just as weird and wonderful as you'd expect.

Relax and unwind in an onsen

Spending time soaking in a mineral rich 'onsen' (hot spring) is a favourite Japanese pastime. Find out about etiquette and the best bath houses here.

Activating the JR Pass at Osaka Station

Here is how to activate the JRPass in Osaka.

Do you pass the eligibility test?

Who is eligible for a Japan Rail Pass? Are you a tourist, entertainer, student or apprentice? We have all the info you need right here.

7 day sample itinerary: Tokyo - Kyoto - Nara

Visit Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara with the 7 day JR Pass.

Using Google maps to get a sneak peak of Japan

Sneak peak with Google Street View.

Visit Shikoku with the JR Pass

We have selected the best places in Shikoku to visit with the Japan Rail Pass.

Activating the JR Pass at Shin-Osaka Station

The Shinkansen station for Osaka!

Use the Japan Rail Pass on JR Sakura

From 12th March 2011, the Japan Rail Pass is valid on the new Sakura Shinkansen, whisking you from Osaka-Kagoshima in just over 4 hours!

JR Pass on the Narita Express?

Landing at Narita you can activate your Japan Rail Pass and hop on the N'EX to Tokyo immediately and for free! Click here for more info.

Use your JR Pass on Sleeper Trains

Recently we received an email asking about Japan Rail Pass validity on Sleeper Trains, and the opportunities for pre-booking. We tell you more here...

Which lines does the JRPASS cover?

Are you confused about which lines your Japan Rail Pass covers? Here are simple rules to check your destinations are covered by Japan rail pass!

How to use the city bus

Your Japan Rail Pass not only covers travel on the Bullet Train, but on JR buses too. Find out how to use the bus system with or without a pass here.

Traditional Japan

Highlights of Japanese culture and tradition visited with the JR Pass.

The best Apps for traveling in Japan with your JR Pass

Find our recommended mobile Apps right here!

Can I use my JR Pass with breaks between days?

Recently you've asked us about taking breaks between days once your JR Pass is activated, click here to see what the JR Pass rules are...

Family trip with the Japan Rail Pass: Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

Family trip to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. That is fun for everyone.

Buying non-JR rail tickets

In addition to the JR network, Japan has lots of smaller privately owned lines where you will need to purchase tickets, find out how here.

Use Japan Rail Pass on Hayabusa

From March 2011, the Japan Rail Pass can be used on the new JR East Hayabusa service which takes you from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori in just over 3 hours!

14 sample itnerary: Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kyushu and Osaka.

Example itinerary for the 14 day JR Pass. From Tokyo going all the way down to Kyushu, visiting Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kyushu, Himeji and Osaka.

Japanese dates on the JR Pass

Read this if you don't want to feel a wave of panic every time you read your Japan Rail Pass expiry date!

Exchange Order validity period

Why do I purchase an Exchange Order and not a 'Japan Rail Pass', and how long do I have to validate it?

Activating the JR Pass at Nagoya Station

Nagoya is one of the busiest stations in Japan, let us be your guide to activating the JR Pass.

Activating the JR Pass at Narita Airport

Here's how to activate the JR Pass at Narita Airport.

Japan Rail Passes for children

We've contacted Japan Rail and found out useful information that'll come in handy if you're planning on travelling around Japan with young children.

Activating the JR Pass at Kyoto Station

Kyoto station is the gateway to Kyoto and the rest of the Kansai area. Activating your JR Pass here can be confusing so here is a handy guide.

Tohoku and Hokkaido with the JRPass

Explore north of Tokyo using the JR Pass. Visiting Tohoku and Hokkaido.

Night Trains using the JR Pass: the Sunrise express and Hamanasu trains.

Learn about night trains using the Japan Rail Pass.

Benefits of prepaid travelcards

Around the big cities a prepaid travelcard could help you save money on your travel (and make things a whole lot simpler!) Here are your choices...

Plan with the Hyperdia online timetable

Discover how to use the Hyperdia online timetable to calculate train timetables and understand if a Japan Rail Pass is the best choice for you.

What to expect from a Green Car Pass

Find out what the difference is between Standard and Green Car travel, during peak season you may wish to invest to ensure travelling in comfort.

Navigating the Tokyo Metro

Now that's a busy map! Actually, understanding the Tokyo Metro map is easier than you'd expect, we tell you how to decipher it here...

How to use the city bus

Your Japan Rail Pass not only covers travel on the Bullet Train, but on JR buses too. Find out how to use the bus system with or without a pass here.

Stowing luggage on the Bullet Train

Once you’ve activated your Japan Rail Pass and boarded your first Shinkansen Bullet Train, you’ll need somewhere to stow your luggage. More info...

The best readymeal you'll ever eat

The amazing station bento, or 'ekiben', is the stuff of travellers dreams, don't you dare ride a train without buying one!

Utilising station lockers

With an itinerary fit to burst, what should you do with your luggage if you’re hopping from place to place? Station lockers may be your answer...

English at Japanese stations

Japan isn't as incomprehensible as some would let you believe, all the major cities have signs in English, with a bit of concentration travel is easy!

Mobile Apps to make the most of your Japan Rail Pass

Whether you are a new or frequent traveller in Japan, here are some of the most essential apps to help you make the most of your Japan Rail Pass.

座席を予約して新幹線に乗る

通常、新幹線にはたくさんの席が空いていますが、席を予約したい場合のために、知っておくべきことをここに記します。

Help! Lost Property

Losing things on the train is never fun. Luckily Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, and JR has many lost and found offices to try.

Shinkansen Quizz

Test your knowledge, or learn something new about Japan! In our 12 question Shinkansen quiz!

Itinerary tip: Shibuya, Tokyo

Shibuya and its famous crossing have been captured on celluloid thousand of times, now it's your turn to see it for real...

Benefits of prepaid travelcards

Around the big cities a prepaid travelcard could help you save money on your travel (and make things a whole lot simpler!) Here are your choices...

Plan with the Hyperdia online timetable

Discover how to use the Hyperdia online timetable to calculate train timetables and understand if a Japan Rail Pass is the best choice for you.

Activating the JR Pass at Osaka Station

Here is how to activate the JRPass in Osaka.

Itinerary tip: Geisha Makeover

A unique alternative to the dress-up of your childhood, be made up as a Geisha or Samurai in the old Japanese capital of Kyoto.

Easy day trips from Tokyo

From Tokyo many amazing sights are within easy reach. By basing yourself in the city you can use your JR Pass to day trip out to these Japanese gems.

Festivals: Tepees and tents more your thing?

In a previous post we mentioned traditional festivals, here we give you the 411 on music festivals, Japan-style!

Do you pass the eligibility test?

Who is eligible for a Japan Rail Pass? Are you a tourist, entertainer, student or apprentice? We have all the info you need right here.

Let your hair down at Karaoke!

Temples, rice fields, cityscapes and shopping. A visit to Japan isn't complete without blasting out 'your version' of a favourite song at karaoke!

What to expect from a Green Car Pass

Find out what the difference is between Standard and Green Car travel, during peak season you may wish to invest to ensure travelling in comfort.

Experience a traditional festival

A matsuri is the perfect way to glimpse a part of Japanese culture not normally seen in daily life. With 100s every year enjoy one during your stay.

7 day sample itinerary: Tokyo - Kyoto - Nara

Visit Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara with the 7 day JR Pass.

Using Google maps to get a sneak peak of Japan

Sneak peak with Google Street View.

Visit Shikoku with the JR Pass

We have selected the best places in Shikoku to visit with the Japan Rail Pass.

JRPass Exchange Office information

Once you have received your voucher for the JRPass, you will need to activate it at the JRPass exchange office in Japan.

Activating the JR Pass at Shin-Osaka Station

The Shinkansen station for Osaka!

Japan mobile WiFi rental special offer

These days we've got to be connected at all times. From maps to translations services, having mobile internet in Japan is essential. We tell you how.

Use the Japan Rail Pass on JR Sakura

From 12th March 2011, the Japan Rail Pass is valid on the new Sakura Shinkansen, whisking you from Osaka-Kagoshima in just over 4 hours!

JR Pass on the Narita Express?

Landing at Narita you can activate your Japan Rail Pass and hop on the N'EX to Tokyo immediately and for free! Click here for more info.

Hotel discounts with the Japan Rail Pass

Many customers book JR hotels but do not realise they can receive a discount with the Japan Rail Pass. Make sure you don’t miss out!

Navigating the Tokyo Metro

Now that's a busy map! Actually, understanding the Tokyo Metro map is easier than you'd expect, we tell you how to decipher it here...

Day trip to Nara

Day trip to Nara

Do you deliver to my country?

Some of you have enquired about having a Japan Rail Pass sent to you overseas and the estimated delivery time. We can do it! Here's the lowdown...

Use your JR Pass on Sleeper Trains

Recently we received an email asking about Japan Rail Pass validity on Sleeper Trains, and the opportunities for pre-booking. We tell you more here...

Which lines does the JRPASS cover?

Are you confused about which lines your Japan Rail Pass covers? Here are simple rules to check your destinations are covered by Japan rail pass!

How to use the city bus

Your Japan Rail Pass not only covers travel on the Bullet Train, but on JR buses too. Find out how to use the bus system with or without a pass here.

Itinerary tip: Mt. Koya

Mt. Koya, with its thick forests and monastic complex, is an incredible place to visit from Osaka, Kyoto or Nara. Click here to read more.

Traditional Japan

Highlights of Japanese culture and tradition visited with the JR Pass.

The best Apps for traveling in Japan with your JR Pass

Find our recommended mobile Apps right here!

What to do if you have forgotten or lost your Japan Rail Pass

It will be very unfortunate if you are unable to use your Japan Rail Pass as you have forgotten it at home or can’t locate your JRPass in Japan.

Can I use my JR Pass with breaks between days?

Recently you've asked us about taking breaks between days once your JR Pass is activated, click here to see what the JR Pass rules are...

Stowing luggage on the Bullet Train

Once you’ve activated your Japan Rail Pass and boarded your first Shinkansen Bullet Train, you’ll need somewhere to stow your luggage. More info...

Family trip with the Japan Rail Pass: Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.

Family trip to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. That is fun for everyone.

Ski/Snowboard day trip from Tokyo by Japan Rail Pass!

Fancy some snow? Use the JR Pass to visit the ski resort of Gala Yuzawa. 1.5hrs by bullet from Tokyo, Gala Yuzawa also has full gear rental service!

Itinerary tip: Nara

If you base yourself around Kyoto or Osaka you can use your Japan Rail Pass to day-trip to the best sights in the area - Nara being one of them.

Itinerary tip: Mt. Fuji

For many, seeing the snow-capped peak of Japan's no.1 volcano, Mt. Fuji, will be at the top of your list of things to do.

Follow the cherry blossom with your JR Pass

Perhaps THE most social part of the Japanese calendar, Hanami is a beautiful time to visit the country and join in some cherry blossom bbqs!

Buying non-JR rail tickets

In addition to the JR network, Japan has lots of smaller privately owned lines where you will need to purchase tickets, find out how here.

Use Japan Rail Pass on Hayabusa

From March 2011, the Japan Rail Pass can be used on the new JR East Hayabusa service which takes you from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori in just over 3 hours!

14 sample itnerary: Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kyushu and Osaka.

Example itinerary for the 14 day JR Pass. From Tokyo going all the way down to Kyushu, visiting Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kyushu, Himeji and Osaka.

The best readymeal you'll ever eat

The amazing station bento, or 'ekiben', is the stuff of travellers dreams, don't you dare ride a train without buying one!

Itinerary tip: Beaches

Crystal clear waters and white sand, yes, Japan is not just temples, geisha and electronics! Find out where to catch some rays here...

Itinerary tip: Kotokuin Daibutsu

A fantastic day trip from Tokyo, visit Kamakura and the huuuuge Great Buddha at Kotokuin Temple.

Japanese dates on the JR Pass

Read this if you don't want to feel a wave of panic every time you read your Japan Rail Pass expiry date!

Itinerary tip: The Japan Alps

The Japan Alps has lots to offer - farmhouses, gardens, onsen, local craft, teahouses and samurai dwellings - the perfect antidote to neon cities...

Exchange Order validity period

Why do I purchase an Exchange Order and not a 'Japan Rail Pass', and how long do I have to validate it?

Utilising station lockers

With an itinerary fit to burst, what should you do with your luggage if you’re hopping from place to place? Station lockers may be your answer...

An overnight Ryōkan experience

Spending a night in a traditional inn, or Ryōkan, is an experience you must try while in Japan. Tatami rooms, futon, onsen and kaiseki food!

English at Japanese stations

Japan isn't as incomprehensible as some would let you believe, all the major cities have signs in English, with a bit of concentration travel is easy!

Itinerary tip: Ghibli Museum, Mitaka

The master of Japanese Anime, Hayao Miyazaki, has set up an interactive museum to his work and it's just as weird and wonderful as you'd expect.

Mobile Apps to make the most of your Japan Rail Pass

Whether you are a new or frequent traveller in Japan, here are some of the most essential apps to help you make the most of your Japan Rail Pass.

Relax and unwind in an onsen

Spending time soaking in a mineral rich 'onsen' (hot spring) is a favourite Japanese pastime. Find out about etiquette and the best bath houses here.

Activating the JR Pass at Nagoya Station

Nagoya is one of the busiest stations in Japan, let us be your guide to activating the JR Pass.

Which lines does NOT the JRPASS cover?

The JRPASS covers only Japan railway (JR) transports. Non JR lines such as subways, Tokyo metro and other company lines.

座席を予約して新幹線に乗る

通常、新幹線にはたくさんの席が空いていますが、席を予約したい場合のために、知っておくべきことをここに記します。

Activating the JR Pass at Narita Airport

Here's how to activate the JR Pass at Narita Airport.

Japan Rail Passes for children

We've contacted Japan Rail and found out useful information that'll come in handy if you're planning on travelling around Japan with young children.

Explore western Japan on JR Thunderbird

Venture off the beaten track to the west coast of Japan. Access the Japan Alps, Noto-hantō and Kanazawa with the JR Thunderbird.

Filling in our online application

From passenger names to your d.o.b and intended date of use, we take you through a step by step guide to ordering online with us.

Activating the JR Pass at Kyoto Station

Kyoto station is the gateway to Kyoto and the rest of the Kansai area. Activating your JR Pass here can be confusing so here is a handy guide.

Tohoku and Hokkaido with the JRPass

Explore north of Tokyo using the JR Pass. Visiting Tohoku and Hokkaido.

Help! Lost Property

Losing things on the train is never fun. Luckily Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, and JR has many lost and found offices to try.

Join us on Facebook & Twitter

OMG, we're on Facebook and Twitter, find us and we can be BFF's!

Night Trains using the JR Pass: the Sunrise express and Hamanasu trains.

Learn about night trains using the Japan Rail Pass.