Japan Rail Pass ( JR Pass ) - Covers All Japan

JR Pass - Japan Rail Pass -
 Covers All Japan

The Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) is by far the best and most popular train pass available. It covers the entire Japan Railways(JR) network including some buses and ferries. The Japan Rail Pass comes in 7, 14 and 21 consecutive days. Each of these Japan Rail Passes is available in Economy (Ordinary) and First (Green) Class as well as child and adult rates. Please note that Japan Rail Pass can be purchased outside of Japan.

Why you should book your pass with JTB New Zealand:

  • Competitive prices on the websites. Please contact JTB New Zealand to find the market price.
  • Flexible delivery We offer a choice of collection and courier.
  • 100 years of service, 50 years in New Zealand

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JR Pass Ordinary




Green 1st Class




About the Japan Rail Pass ( JR Pass )

The Japan Rail Pass ( JR Pass ) is a special pass valid for unlimited travel on Japan Railways(JR) transportation, including all JR trains (shinkansen “bullet trains” except “NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” service. limited express trains, express trains and rapid or local trains)*, JR bus company local lines (JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokal Bus , West Japan JR Bus, Chugoku JR Bus, JR Kyushu Bus) and the JR Miyajima ferry.

  • JR Pass holders can also use the Tokyo Monorail
  • The Pass is not valid for travel on express bus routes operated by JR bus companies

Who is eligible for a Japan Rail Pass

The JR Pass is available only to overseas visitors that enter Japan as a Temporary Visitor. This includes sightseeing, visiting relatives, inspection tours, conferences and meeting or other activities during a short stay in Japan

Note: Visitors who enter Japan under other statuses including: “Re-entry Permit”, “Entertainer” or “Traine” are not eligible


For complete information on entering Japan, please check with your nearest Japanese Consulate-General or Embassy.
Japanese national living overseas may also purchase the Japan Rail Pass if you meet eligibility requirements. Please check the below website for the details:
Eligibility requirements:  English  Japanese


  • Delivery to PO box is accepted.
  • Delivery and handling fee charge to be added (Courier Post NZ$10.00).
    (Please Note: You may expect some delay for Courier Post during the holiday seasons.)
  • JTB is not liable for lost or misplaced passes sent via Courier Post.
  • **We don’t ship items outside of NZ.


  • If you are a tourist visiting Japan from abroad for sightseeing:
    • You must be visiting Japan under the entry status of “Temporary visitor” according to Japan Immigration Law. When you enter Japan for sightseeing, entry personnel will stamp the passport as “Temporary visitor.” Only a person who has a passport bearing this stamp can use a JAPAN RAIL PASS. 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.
  • If you are a Japanese national living in a foreign country, please provide below documents:
    • A copy of passport
    • a) Copy of your Overseas Residential Registration issued by the embassy or legation of Japan in the foreign country where you live (limited to an Overseas Residential Registration with a date of acceptance at least 10 years earlier)
    • b) Certificate of Overseas Residence issued by the embassy or legation of Japan in the foreign country where you live (limited to a Certificate of Overseas Residence with a date at least 10 years earlier as the date on which your address (or place of temporary residence) was established as your present address)

    Email: akl.nz@jtbap.com, Fax Number: Auckland Office 09-366-0772
    These documents also need to be produced at the time of exchange in Japan. (if unsure, please contact us on 0800-525-725)

  • *The Copy of the Overseas Residential Registration and the Certificate of Overseas Residence are only valid for 6 months after the date of issue.
    *You must bring the original of your written proof upon JR Pass exchange (Copy is not acceptable).


  • The valid period of a JAPAN RAIL PASS is the consecutive 7, 14, or 21 days beginning on the date the PASS is first used.
  • Within three months from the date the Exchange Order was issued, you must turn in your Exchange Order to obtain your JAPAN RAIL PASS (for example, an Exchange Order issued on 15APR would have to be turned in by 14JUL). At that time, it is necessary to specify the date that you want to start using the Pass. It can be any date within one month from the date the Pass is received.
  • Once the PASS has a starting date written on it, the date cannot be changed.
  • Although JAPAN RAIL PASS is valid for both non-reserved seats and reserved seats, we cannot guarantee to secure a seat with JAPAN RAIL PASS. If you would like to secure a seat for you in advance, we recommend you to arrange JR Sector tickets. Please ask JTB.


  • Refund can only be made with the original JR Pass Exchange Order within one year of the date of issue.
  • After the pass is exchanged in Japan, the ticket is non refundable and non changeable.
  • Neither an Exchange Order nor a JAPAN RAIL PASS can be reissued if lost or stolen.
  • 10% of the price will be charged as a refund handling fee.
  • Credit card surcharge and courier fee are non refundable.
  • Please read the general booking conditions carefully as they incorporate the basis upon which bookings are accepted by JTB New Zealand Ltd. (“JTB”)


The Japan Rail Pass (also commonly called JR Pass) is a very cost effective rail pass for long distance train travel in Japan. It can be used by foreign tourists only, and offers unlimited use of JR trains for one, two or three weeks at a cost that residents of Japan can only dream of.

The Japan Rail Pass must be purchased before your arrival to Japan, because it is not available for sale inside Japan. The pass comes in two types: ordinary and green car. The latter is valid on green cars (first class cars) that offer more spacious seats than ordinary cars.


Travelling to Japan isn’t cheap as the transportation fee takes up a big parentage of the total expenses.
Because Japan’s land shape is long and thin, normal ticket costs JPY 28,900 (Approx NZ$386) even if you travel from Tokyo to Osaka. And the JR Pass Ordinary for 7days only cost JPY 29,110(Approx NZ$388).

So it is better to purchase a rail pass to travel around Japan.

Information source: japan-guide.com