questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

rail pass needs separate tickets?

Rail pass needs separate tickets?

I would just like to know, whether the rail pass is only a pass or does this include the travel on the trains without buying a ticket for travel or do you have to buy tickets for this aswell?



Hi janine,

The Japan Rail Pass allows unlimited travel during it's duration in the seat class you buy (normal or green/first class) on all trains and buses on Japan Rail. This includes travel on Bullet Trains except the Nozomi services. No ticket is required for travel, you just show your pass when passing ticket gates.

You can reserve seats for free with the Japan Rail Pass (normally there is a charge). But to do this you've got to visit the ticket office before you board, show your jrpass, and then you receive a free ticket with your seat number and carriage number on it.

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