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JR EAST PASS coverage + possible to buy JR EAST PASS on behalf of others?

18 days ago
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Hello JR PASS,

We are two adult travelers, non-Japanese passport holders, living in Korea, planning on this itinerary Jan 23-27 (5 days total):

Haneda airport - Tokyo St. (monorail/JR Yamanote Line)
Tokyo St. - Iiyama St. (JR Shinkansen Hakutaka line)
Iiyama St. - Nozawa Onsen (local bus)

Then back in reversed order, and add 4-6 rides on the JR Yamanote Line during a layover in downtown Tokyo.

It seems that a 5-day JR EAST PASS for Nagano/Niigata will cover all our planned travels except the local bus(?)
We are a bit unsure if we have interpreted the EAST PASS coverage correctly... can you clarify? Are we all covered?

We arrive in Haneda Airport late at night, and will stay at an airport hotel overnight.
The following morning, I have a meeting and cannot go to the JR EAST PASS travel center at HND airport.
So, my travel partner will go to buy the passes.
Can she buy a pass on my behalf by showing my passport?
Or, must I show up in person to buy the pass?

Thank you in advance, kamsahamnida :)

17208 posts
16 days ago

Hi there,

Happy to answer your questions!

1.) The 5-day JR EAST PASS for Nagano/Niigata does include travel to Iiyama, but as you say, not the local bus.

2.) Your partner can buy the passes, but must bring your passport and ivsa.

Kind regards/ 친절한 안부,

2 posts
16 days ago

Thank you for a quick and useful reply! ^^

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