People eligible for the Japan Rail Pass

JR PASS eligibility

The Japan Rail Pass is resereved for travellers, on a touristic stay in Japan, who wish to use the train to travel around the country.
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Who is it for? 

The JR Pass is for tourists, it is only available, with a few exceptions, to non-Japanese people staying in Japan for a short time for tourism purposes.

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To be eligible for a Japan Rail Pass, it is necessary to have an authorisation giving a 'temporary visitor' status, that is to say for a stay under 3 months.

the status ‘Temporary Visitor’
To use the Japan Rail Pass it is necessary to:

  • be a non-Japanese national
  • enter Japan with the status ‘Temporary Visitor ‘ (single entry visa) which is an authorisation for people visiting Japan for tourism and staying for less than 90 days (and which is generally granted automatically on your arrival into Japan. For more information please see the page: What is the status ‘Temporary Visitor’ and how do to get it? 
  • be visiting for a touristic stay
Please note that some visas obtained for special activities other than tourism, even of short duration, do not meet eligibility criteria.

Not eligible to use Japan Rail Pass
Therefore, the following people are not eligible to use the Japan Rail Pass:

  • People who are Japanese nationals (with the exception of people applicable to the following article Can Japanese nationals use the JR Pass
  • People who are visiting for non-tourism purposes (working holiday, military, diplomatic, cultural, research, work, etc.) 

What are the exceptions?

Until March 31, 2017 Japanese nationals can use the Japan Rail Pass on the condition that they live outside of Japan and can do so permanently or that they are married to a non-Japanese national and both people are living outside of Japan. Read the specific recommendations for Japanese nationals.

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.

Non-Japanese nationals who hold a long-term visa (for example student, instructor or working holiday) can not use the Japan Rail Pass (see article) . 

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