Japan rail pass

Which Pass Should You Buy?

Navigating Japan's Rail network can get confusing unless you have a clear, step by step guide to help you through. Below are specific steps to help you receive your Japan Rail Pass. This fare is the only type of international travel ticket where you receive it upon arriving at your destination.

 

Your 1-2-3 Step Gateway To The JR Rail Pass

Japan has an unbelievable railway network that covers most of its terrain and is one of the best ways to view Japan. Its great reputation for fast and timely train services is outstanding to say the least.

Understanding the process of obtaining a pass can be frustrating to the buyer. Follow the steps below to purchase your exchange order (needed prior to arriving in Japan) and to later receive your JP Rail Pass.

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The Japan Rail Pass is a very economical way to see all of Japan. Travel is aboard the Shinkansen ‘bullet trains’, limited expresses and local services. It is offered by the six companies that make up the Japan Railways Group (JR Group), including JR Kyushu, JR Shikoku, JR West, JR Central, JR East and JR Hokkaido. This pass will cover both East and West Japan.
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*Prices in US Dollars
*Prices do change frequently. Click thru for current pricing.
*Child fare is 50% off Adult.
*Actual Purchase Transaction for STA Travel will be in Pounds Sterling
Days Of Travel Class
7 days 1st Class(Green) $492 - Buy now $473 - Buy now
2nd Class (Ordinary) $369 - Buy now $354 - Buy now
14 days 1st Class(Green) $797 - Buy now $765 - Buy now
2nd Class (Ordinary) $588 - Buy now $564 - Buy now
21 days 1st Class(Green) $1037 - Buy now $995 - Buy now
2nd Class (Ordinary) $752 - Buy now $722 - Buy now

Step1

Purchase an Exchange Order first from the table above

IMPORTANT: *This Exchange Order CANNOT be purchased inside Japan - you MUST buy it NOW before you travel!


Step2

Once you arrive in Japan the immigration official will stamp your passport to show a temporary visa.


Step3

Take your stamped passport and Exchange Order to a JR station that has an exchange office.

You will be asked to fill out a short application form called the Japan Rail Pass Exchange application. (You can download it here to save time)

*You will be asked to show your passport with the "Temporary Visitor" stamp received when entering Japan.

*This will process the Rail Pass Exchange Order.

To summarize step 3 - you must show:

Once these have been submitted, you then receive your Japan Rail Pass!

Note: There is a 20% cancellation charge if the Exchange Order/Voucher is returned to our offices within the 3 month validity period. If it is returned after this period, the voucher is non refundable.



Japan Rail East Pass

The JR East Pass is an affordable way to travel around Eastern Japan. It covers all JR-service within the JR-East Area, including popular stations, such as Tokyo, Nagano, Niigata, Sendai, Morioka, Misawa, Akita, and more. This Japan Rail Pass is valid for travel on all the 72 railway lines of JR EAST: 5 Shinkansen Super Express Lines & 67 Conventional Lines.
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*Prices in US Dollars
*Prices do change frequently. Click thru for current pricing.
*Child fare is 50% off Adult.
*Actual Purchase Transaction for STA Travel will be in Pounds Sterling
Days Of Travel Class
5 consecutive days 1st Class(Green) NA $350
2nd Class (Ordinary) NA $250
10 consecutive days 1st Class(Green) NA $560
2nd Class (Ordinary) NA $400
4 Flexible Days 1st Class(Green) NA $350
2nd Class (Ordinary) NA $250

Step1

Purchase an Exchange Order first from the table above

IMPORTANT: *This Exchange Order CANNOT be purchased inside Japan - you MUST buy it NOW before you travel!


Step2

Once you arrive in Japan the immigration official will stamp your passport to show a temporary visa.


Step3

Take your stamped passport and Exchange Order to a JR station that has an exchange office.

You will be asked to fill out a short application form called the Japan Rail Pass Exchange application. (You can download it here to save time)

*You will be asked to show your passport with the "Temporary Visitor" stamp received when entering Japan.

*This will process the Rail Pass Exchange Order.

To summarize step 3 - you must show:

Once these have been submitted, you then receive your Japan Rail Pass!

Note: There is a 20% cancellation charge if the Exchange Order/Voucher is returned to our offices within the 3 month validity period. If it is returned after this period, the voucher is non refundable.



Japan Rail West Pass

This pass covers the smaller area of West Japan. There are two distinct types of rail passes available for travel in the JR West area: Kansai Area Rail Pass and the Sanyo Area Rail Pass.

Japan Rail West Pass Kansai
This excursion pass is great for the visitor that would like to explore the many sightseeing locations of the area including: Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Nara and Himeji. It is available from 1 to 4 days of consecutive travel starting from the first travel date, and allows unlimited use of the Ordinary class cars. This includes the rapid-service and special rapid-service trains. This pass cannot be used for the Shinkansen trains.
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Japan Rail West Pass Sanyo
This excursion pass covers an area of western Japan stretching roughly from Sasebo to Osaka. This western area includes the famous sights such as: Hiroshima, Okayama and Hakata. This pass is available for 4 or 8 consecutive days of travel starting from the first date of travel. The pass is only available in Ordinary Class travelling on the 500-Series ÔNozomi' and other Sanyo Shinkansen trains (reserved and non-reserved seats).
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*Prices in US Dollars
*Prices do change frequently. Click thru for current pricing.
*Child fare is 50% off Adult.
*Actual Purchase Transaction for STA Travel will be in Pounds Sterling
Days Of Travel Class West Pass Type
1 consecutive days
2nd Class (Ordinary) Kansai $22 - Buy now
2 consecutive days
2nd Class (Ordinary) Kansai $53 - Buy now
3 consecutive Days
2nd Class (Ordinary) Kansai $66 - Buy now
4 consecutive Days
2nd Class (Ordinary) Kansai $78 - Buy now
4 consecutive Days
2nd Class (Ordinary) Sanyo $260 - Buy now
8 consecutive Days
2nd Class (Ordinary) Sanyo $391 - Buy now

Step1

Purchase an Exchange Order first from the table above

IMPORTANT: *This Exchange Order CANNOT be purchased inside Japan - you MUST buy it NOW before you travel!


Step2

Once you arrive in Japan the immigration official will stamp your passport to show a temporary visa.


Step3

Take your stamped passport and Exchange Order to a JR station that has an exchange office.

You will be asked to fill out a short application form called the Japan Rail Pass Exchange application. (You can download it here to save time)

*You will be asked to show your passport with the "Temporary Visitor" stamp received when entering Japan.

*This will process the Rail Pass Exchange Order.

To summarize step 3 - you must show:

Once these have been submitted, you then receive your Japan Rail Pass!

Note: There is a 20% cancellation charge if the Exchange Order/Voucher is returned to our offices within the 3 month validity period. If it is returned after this period, the voucher is non refundable.



Kyushu Rail Pass

This pass allows unlimited travel by Japan Rail on the island of Kyushu but does not include Sanyo Shinkansen. The pass can be used on limited express trains and ordinary trains of the Kyushu Railway Co. The All Kyushu Area Rail Pass can also be used for Kyushu Shinkansen “bullet” trains. You may choose to travel the entire island or just the northern parts.
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*Prices in US Dollars
*Prices do change frequently. Click thru for current pricing.
*Child fare is 50% off Adult.
*Actual Purchase Transaction for STA Travel will be in Pounds Sterling
 
Days Of Travel Class Area Covered
3 consecutive days
2nd Class (Ordinary) North Island $88 -Buy now
3 consecutive days
2nd Class (Ordinary) Full Island $175 -Buy now
5 Flexible days
2nd Class (Ordinary) Full Island $213 -Buy now

 

 

Step1

Purchase an Exchange Order first from the table above

IMPORTANT: *This Exchange Order CANNOT be purchased inside Japan - you MUST buy it NOW before you travel!


Step2

Once you arrive in Japan the immigration official will stamp your passport to show a temporary visa.


Step3

Take your stamped passport and Exchange Order to a JR station that has an exchange office.

You will be asked to fill out a short application form called the Japan Rail Pass Exchange application. (You can download it here to save time)

*You will be asked to show your passport with the "Temporary Visitor" stamp received when entering Japan.

*This will process the Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order.

To summarize step 3 - you must show:

Once these have been submitted, you then receive your Japan Rail Pass!

Note: There is a 20% cancellation charge if the Exchange Order/Voucher is returned within the 3 month validity period. If it is returned after this period, the voucher is non refundable.