Important Notice

JR Pass costing fluctuates weekly (Wednesday). The below costing applies to payment received by Tuesday of each week. For more information please consult with H.I.S. Australia Staff.

Who is eligible for a Japan Rail Pass?

The JAPAN RAIL PASS is a special ticket that is available only to travelers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sight-seeing. To be eligible to purchase a JAPAN RAIL PASS you must meet one of the following two conditions.

1.  You are a foreign tourist visiting Japan from abroad for sight-seeing, under the entry status of "temporary visitor."

Temporary Visitor entry status, according to Japanese Immigration Law, allows a stay in Japan of 15 days or 90 days for "sight-seeing, etc."
If you apply for a "stay for sight-seeing" when you enter Japan, entry personnel will stamp your passport as "Temporary Visitor," as shown below. Only persons who have a passport bearing this stamp can use a JAPAN RAIL PASS.
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Examples of the "Temporary Visitor" entry status stamp 


If you visit Japan with an Exchange Order (H.I.S. Exchange Order) to be exchanged in for a JAPAN RAIL PASS, the exchange cannot be made unless they have "temporary visitor" status: to enter Japan under any other official status, such as "trainee" or "entertainer" or "Re-entry Permit," will make the pass invalid. Please note that according to strict interpretation of the Japanese Immigration Law, "temporary visitor" status differs even from other types of stays that are also for only short time periods.

2. You are a Japanese national living outside of Japan who meets the following conditions.

a. who is qualified to live permanently in that country
b. who is married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than Japan.

Note: To purchase an Exchange Order or redeem your Exchange Order for a JAPAN RAIL PASS:

Persons meeting condition (a) must provide written proof of the following:

  • Permanent resident status
  • Residence outside Japan

Persons meeting condition (b) must provide written proof of the following:

  • Residence outside Japan
  • Marriage to a non-Japanese individual
  • Residence of their non-Japanese spouse outside Japan

Even if an applicant presents electronic data or other documentation, establishing their compliance with conditions a and b above, the pass may be denied if the clerk is unable to verify that compliance. Similarly, applicants with dual citizenship in Japan and another country will not be able to turn in their Exchange Order for a PASS if they entered Japan on their Japanese passport.

Japanese nationals with Australian Permanent Resident should check their Visa Entitlement on the Australian Department of Immigration & Border Protection website prior to purchasing the JR Rail Pass.
Visa Entitlement Verification Online

Note: Persons meeting conditions a or b above must be required to show proof of name at the point of purchase of an Exchange Order and obtaining a JAPAN RAIL PASS.
Australian Residents traveling on a Japanese Passport are not allowed to purchase JR East, West, Shikoku, Hokkaido and Sanyo-Shikoku-Kyushu Rail Passes.

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* An Exchange Order must be presented in Japan within 3 months from date of issue
   This must be done at a JR Station that has a Japan Rail Pass Exchange Office.
* Please contact Auckland office for NZ$ rates.


The JAPAN RAIL PASS is not valid for any seats, reserved or non-reserved, on “NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen lines. (The pass holders must take “HIKARI,” “SAKURA,” “KODAMA,” or “TSUBAME” trains.) If you use a “NOZOMI” or “MIZUHO” train, you must pay the basic fare and the limited express charge, and for a Green Car the Green Car surcharge. In addition, if you use the GranClass car of the Tohoku Shinkansen, you must pay the limited express charge and the GranClass car surcharge. Note also that passengers using JR trains on non-JR lines must pay additional fares and charges for sections traveled on such lines. Some JR trains use the lines of private railways for direct services.

JAPAN RAIL PASS types and prices

The Japan National Rail Pass is for unlimited travel on Japan Rail lines and selected buses and ferries.

With 12,400 miles of tracks you can rail almost anywhere in Japan.

  • Unlimited rail travel throughout Japan on the JR lines.
  • Available for a 7, 14 or 21 consecutive day period.
  • This pass offers Economy (2nd class) or Green (1st class) travel.

JR Pass Online Booking Form