questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

are any trains excluded from the railpass?

Are any trains excluded from the railpass?

I would like to know if the 7day railpass include ALL trains, including the high speed bullet trains. Thanks


Hi there,

All JR lines are covered by the JR Pass this includes travel on the high speed bullet rail.

The JR Pass is not usable on private railways, such as the Metro. In addition on the Shinkansen trains classified as Nozomi/Mizuhou can't be boarded with the JR Pass. However other trains such as the Hikari and Kodama travel exactly the same route, the difference is that they make a couple more stops on the way.
As a JR Pass user you don't have to worry about this, when you reserve your seats, the staff will find the best route and train for you.

Hope this helps!

PS: We have a great interactive map to show you all lines and routes covered by the JR Pass.

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