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am i eligible for the 7 day jr pass?

Am I Eligible for the 7 Day JR pass?


Good day.

I will be visiting Japan as a tourist from 9-17 September. I would want to purchase a 7 day JR pass though I am unsure if I am eligible. By the way I am from Philipines but working in UAE and the Japanese Embassy in UAE had given me a multiple visa with a temporary category (validity date: from 4th August 2016 to 4th August 2019).

Who is NOT eligible?

The Japan rail pass will NOT be activated in Japan if the passenger is a visa holder of any other entry status or visa type regardless of duration.

Examples of non-eligible visa

Multiple entry visa (Include Temporary Visitor Visa Multiple Entry status)
Long term visas which allow to stay in Japan more than 90 days
Student visa
Permanent residency visa
Tokubetsu Eijuken holders (Special permanent residency visa)
Entertainer visa
Working holiday visa
Military entry status
Diplomatic passport holders
Any other visas which are not temporary visitor single entry visa for sightseeing

Our itinerary is below:

9 Sept -Arrival at Narita Airport and travel to Osaka by Nozomi Trains
10-12 Sept - explore Osaka / Kyoto
12 Sept - travel to Tokyo by Nozomi Trains
13-17 - Explore Tokyo
17 Sept - departure at Narita

Can you please help to check and advise immediately if I can purchase the 7 day JR pass? I don't have much time because my flight will be this coming 8th September. And can you please advise if purchasing the 7 days JR pass is worth it with our travel itinerary?

Thank you and will wait for your soonest response.

Best regards,


Hi Cecille,

I am afraid that a multiple entry visa is generally NOT honoured for the JR Pass and generally only single entry visa's qualify.

Therefore I would not risk it and just buy normal rail tickets.

Hope this helps,

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