The Japan Rail Pass
is by definition a rail pass for people of non-Japanese nationality
who want to visit Japan for tourism.Until March 31, 2017 Japanese nationals
are permitted to use the JR Pass
and Kyushu Regional Rail
Pass under certain strict criteria
if they can provide the documents to prove their eligibility
when they exchange the voucher for the pass.Japanese nationals are not permitted
to use any other of the Regional JR Passes
, only the JR Kyushu Pass.
Japanese nationals living outside of Japan can use the Japan Rail Pass and Kyushu Rail Pass under one of the two conditions below:
- They live outside of Japan with a permanent resident visa
- The are married to a non-Japanese citizen and both living outside of Japan
In order to prove this status, at the time of exchange, they must present sufficient documentation to prove one of the two conditions above which we detail in the page: Recommendations to Japanese Nationals
Please note that Japanese nationals are not eligible to use any of the Regional JR Passes
except the JR Kyushu Pass.From March 31, 2017, the Japan Rail Pass will no longer be sold to any Japanese citizen. The voucher will still be exchangeable within the validity period of three months. Vouchers won't be exchangeable after June 30, 2017 anymore.