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.
Who is it for?
The JR Pass is for tourists, it is only available 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.
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.
Therefore, the following people are not eligible to use the Japan Rail Pass:
People who are Japanese nationals
People who are visiting for non-tourism purposes (working holiday, military, diplomatic, cultural, research, work, etc.)
What are the exceptions?
Since March 31, 2017, the Japan Rail Pass is no longer sold to any Japanese citizen. The voucher is still 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.