Travel Smart with JR East Group Rail Passes

JR East has a great variety of value rail passes for foreign visitors to take advantage of travelling around Japan in a convenient and economical manner. The passes provide unlimited travel for overseas visitors to Japan, and while all may be purchased in Japan, some may be purchased abroad as well. Passes are available only for foreign nationals and holders of non-Japanese passports who have entered Japan with a “Temporary Visitor” visa and will stay in Japan for no longer than 90 days.

We’ll focus here on four passes: the JR TOKYO Wide Pass, the JR East Pass (Tohoku area), the JR East Pass (Nagano + Niigata area), and JR East + JR West Tokyo-Osaka Hokuriku Arch Pass. All passes have no black-out dates, beginning with their respective periods of use.

JR TOKYO Wide Pass (Kanto area)

10,000 yen lets pass holders enjoy 3 consecutive days of unlimited travel on the Shinkansen High-Speed Rail and limited express trains within the valid area. Great for visiting popular Kanto tourist destinations in the Kanto area such as Mt. Fuji, Izu, Karuizawa, GALA Yuzawa and more.

  • Validity Period: 3 consecutive days
    Price:

    • Adults (12 years and older) — 10,000 yen
    • Children (6-11 years) — 5,000 yen

    Requirements: Customers must be foreign nationals with a foreign passport
    Where to Purchase: Only available in Japan. Please check website for details regarding locations.

    • JR EAST Travel Service Center (in Narita Airport and Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport.)
    • JR Ticket Office (Narita Airport)
    • Travel Service Center (Shinagawa, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Ueno, Yokohama, Mito stations)featured02

    For more information, visit here.

    For online reservation, visit here.

    There are two JR East Passes which can be used for travel throughout Northern Japan such as Aomori, Sendai, Akita, etc. starting April 1, 2016. Please check websites for details and where to purchase.

    JR East Pass (Tohoku area)

    Validity Period: Any 5 days out of the 14-day period from the date of issue (flexible 5-day use)
    Price:

    • Purchased abroad (online purchasing available)
      • Adults (12 years and older) — 19,000 yen
      • Children (6-11 years) — 9,500 yen
    • Purchased in Japan
      • Adults — 20,000 yen
      • Children — 10,000 yen

    Requirements: Customers must be foreign nationals with a foreign passportfeatured03

    For more information, visit here.

    For online reservation, visit here.

    JR East Pass (Nagano+ Niigata area)

    Validity Period: Any 5 days out of the 14-day period from the date of issue (flexible 5-day use)
    Price:

    • Purchased abroad (online purchasing available):
      • Adults (12 years and older) — 17,000 yen
      • Children (6-11 years) — 8,500 yen
    • Purchased in Japan:
      • Adults — 18,000 yen
      • Children — 9,000 yen

    Requirements: Customers must be foreign nationals with a foreign passportfeatured04

    For more information, visit here.

    For online reservation, visit here.

    JR Tokyo-Osaka Hokuriku Arch Pass

    This pass enables visitors to travel from Tokyo and Osaka to the Hokuriku area to enjoy the many tourist destinations available starting April 1, 2016.

    Validity Period: For 7 continuous days
    Price:

      • Purchased abroad (online purchasing available)
        • Adults (12 years and older) — 24,000 yen
        • Children (6-11 years) — 12,000 yen
      • Purchased in Japan
        • Adults — 25,000 yen
        • Children — 12,500 yen

    Requirements: Customers must be foreign nationals with a foreign passportFor more information, visit here.featured05

    For more information about JR East and JR West, visit;
    JR East: http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/
    JR West: https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/

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