Where to Buy Japan Rail Pass?

Where To Buy Japan Rail Pass | FAIR Inc

Are you planning to travel to other cities in Japan beside Tokyo? You need a Japan Rail Pass, a train ticket particularly intended for foreign nationals who wish to visit and travel Japan. Using this ticket can give you access to all train lines operated by Japan Railways (JR) including the amazingly fastest ‘Nozomi’ Shinkansen that has an operating speed of 300 km/h (185 mph).  Moreover, you can reach the four main islands of Japan and their beautiful tourists’ spots with your JR pass.

3 Ways to Purchase JR Pass

1. Buy Online

Purchase the JR pass online here. The convenient way to obtain the ticket. Why? First, you can avoid queuing at the counter stations. Second, having ordered it in advance online can be 10% to 20% cheaper than in the stations in Japan where the pass is very limited and expensive.

When you order your Japan Rail Pass online, it is best to order it MAXIMUM 90 days before the date you will exchange it. And make sure that you spelled your name accurately, identical to your passport to avoid any problems upon verification at JR office. After you purchased it online, they will send you an exchange order that will be delivered by FedEx. Then, you will need to exchange it with an actual ticket if you already arrived in Japan.

Here are the easy steps on how to do it:

  1. Present the voucher at a JR office located at the major train stations in Japan. Check the list of JR offices below.
  2. Fill out the form with your details and present your passport.
  3. Decide a starting date when exchanging the pass and should not exceeding to 30 days from the exchange date.
  4. Get your validated pass once it’s done.
  5. The pass can be used starting on your chosen date.

2. Purchase on sales offices outside Japan

Purchasing the ticket in your home country is also possible. Rather than doing it online, other people may want to visit a physical store to do a transaction. Take note you should buy at designated offices or agents only.

Check the list of sales offices in your country by clicking the following continents/subcontinents below.

Be sure that you understand the eligibility required to buy an exchange order for the Japan Rail Pass. Yes, it is the same procedure on how you purchase it online where they will only give you an exchange order, not the actual ticket. The ticket can be obtained in any train station in Japan after you have switched your exchange order.

Check if your eligible to use JR Pass

For those holding a Temporary visitor, the visa stamp or sticker must be seen on the passport. However, if you are under any official status such as “Trainee,” “Entertainer,” or “Reentry Permit,” are not allowed. Only Temporary Visitor entry status that grants a stay in Japan of 15 days or 90 days for “sight-seeing, etc.” by the immigration.

Remember, even you have purchased an exchange order in your home country you can not switch it to an actual ticket unless you comply with the requirements.

Exchange your exchange order at any JR station listed below.

STATION OFFICEOFFICE HOURS
Kushiro
Travel Service Center
10:00-18:00
Obihiro
Travel Service Center

9:00-17:00

Asahikawa
Travel Service Center
9:30-17:30

Sapporo

  • JR Information
  • Desk
  • Travel Service
  • Center (East)
  • Travel Service
  • Center (South)
  • 8:30-19:00
  • 10:00-19:30(opens Sat, Sun &Hol)
  • 10:00-20:00
New-Chitose Airport
JR Information Desk
8:30-19:00
Hakodate
Travel Service Center
10:00-18:00
Shin-Hakodate Hokuto
Ticket Office
9:00-19:00
Aomori
Travel Service Center
10:00-17:30
Hachinohe
Travel Service Center
10:00-17:30
Morioka
Travel Service Center
10:00-19:00
10:00-17:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday) 
Akita
Travel Service Center
10:30-18:00
10:30-17:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)
Sendai
Travel Service Center
08:30-19:00 (Mon-Sat)
08:30-18:00 (Sun & Hols)
Yamagata
Travel Service Center
10:00-18:00 (Mon-Fri)
10:00-17:00 (Sat)
Fukushima
Travel Service Center
10:00-18:00 (Mon-Sat)
Niigata
Travel Service Center
10:00-19:00
10:00-17:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)
Nagano
Travel Service Center
10:00-19:00
10:00-17:30 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)
Mito
Travel Service Center
10:00-19:00
10:00-17:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)

Narita Airport
Terminal 1

JR EAST Travel Service Center
Ticket Office
Travel Center

  • 8:15-19:00
  • 6:30-8:15, 19:00-21:45
  • 8:00-20:00

Narita Airport
Terminal 2・3

JR EAST Travel Service Center
Ticket Office

8:15-20:00

6:30-8:15, 20:00-21:45

Tokyo

JR EAST Travel Service Center (Marunouchi North)
JR-CENTRAL Ticket Office (Yaesu North)
JR Tokai Tours Tokyo Office

7:30-20:30
7:30-20:30
10:00-18:00

Ueno
Information Center (Central Ticket Gate)
9:00-19:00

Shinjuku

JR EAST Travel Service Center (New South Gate)

Information Center (East Gate)

8:00-19:00

9:00-19:00

Shibuya

Information Center (South)

Information Center (East Gate)

10:00-18:30

10:00-18:30

Ikebukuro

JR EAST Travel Service Center (East)

9:00-18:00

Shinagawa

Information Center (Central Ticket Gate)
JR-CENTRAL Ticket Office
JR Tokai Tours Shinagawa Office

  • 9:00-19:00
  • 9:00-19:00
  • 11:00-19:00
    11:00-18:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)
Haneda Airport
International Terminal
JR EAST Travel Service Center
(Tokyo Monorail 2F Ticket Gate/Arrival lobby)
6:45-20:00
Yokohama
Travel Service Center
10:00-20:00
10:00-19:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)

Shin-Yokohama

JR-CENTRAL Ticket Office
JR Tokai Tours Shin-Yokohama Office

  • 8:00-20:30
  • 11:00-19:00
    10:00-18:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)
Odawara
JR-CENTRAL Ticket Office
5:45-22:30
Mishima
Ticket Office (South)
5:45-22:30
Shizuoka
Ticket Office
5:00-23:00
Hamamatsu
Ticket Office
5:50-23:00

Nagoya

JAPAN RAIL PASS Exchange Office
Ticket Office
JR Tokai Tours Nagoya Office
JR Tokai Tours Nagoya Station Hirokoji Entrance Office

  • 10:00-19:00
  • 6:00-10:00, 19:00-23:00
  • 9:00-19:30
  • 11:00-19:00
    11:00-18:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)
Central JapanInternational Airport
Central Japan Travel Center
09:00-20:30
Toyama
Ticket Office (Central)
5:40-23:30
Kanazawa
Ticket Office (Central)
4:40-23:30

Kyoto

Ticket Office (JR-WEST Central)
Ticket Office (JR-CENTRAL Hachijo Shinkansen)
JR Tokai Tours Kyoto Office
JR Tokai Tours Kyoto Station Shinkansen Central Entrance Office

  • 5:30-23:00
  • 8:30-23:00
  • 8:30-19:00
  • 11:30-19:00
    11:30-18:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)
Higashi-Maizuru
Ticket Office
5:30-21:00
Nishi-Maizuru
Ticket Office
5:40-21:00

Shin-Osaka

Ticket Office (JR-WEST East)
Ticket Office (JR-CENTRAL Central)
JR-WEST Travel Corner
JR Tokai Tours Shin-Osaka Office

  • 5:30-23:30
  • 5:30-23:00
  • 9:00-20:00
  • 8:00-20:30
    9:00-18:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)

Osaka

Ticket Office (Central NO.12,13)
Nippon Travel Agency TiS Osaka Branch (Travel Service Center OSAKA)

  • 5:30-23:00
  • 8:00-20:00
Kansai Airport
Ticket Office
5:30-23:00
Nara
Ticket Office
9:00-20:00
Sannomiya
Ticket Office (Central)
5:30-23:00
Okayama
Ticket Office
5:00-23:30
Tottori
Ticket Office
5:45-23:00
Yonago
Ticket Office
5:00-22:00
Sakaiminato
Ticket Office
7:10-18:30
Matsue
Ticket Office
4:50-21:30
Hiroshima
Ticket Office
5:20-23:00
Shin-Yamaguchi
Ticket Office
5:30-23:00
Shimonoseki
Ticket Office
5:30-22:30
Takamatsu
Travel Service Center
10:00-18:00
10:00-17:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)
Matsuyama
Travel Service Center
10:00-18:00
10:00-17:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)
Tokushima
Travel Service Center
10:00-18:00
Kokura
Travel Service Center
11:00-19:00
10:30-18:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)

Hakata

  • Travel Service Center
  • JR-KYUSHU Ticket Office
  • 10:00-20:00 (Mon-Sat)
  • 10:00-18:00 (Sun & Hols)
    7:00-23:00

Saga

Travel Service Center

Ticket Office

  • 10:30-19:00
  • 10:30-18:00 (Sat)
  • 10:30-18:00 (Sun & Hols)
Nagasaki
Travel Service Center
10:30-19:00
10:30-18:00(Sat, Sun and Holiday)
Kumamoto
Travel Service Center
10:30-19:00
10:30-17:30 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)
Oita
Travel Service Center
10:30-19:00
10:30-18:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)

Miyazaki

Travel Service Center

Ticket Office

  • 10:30-18:00 (Mon-Sat)
  • 10:30-18:00 (Sun & Hols)
Kagoshima-Chūō
Travel Service Center

11:00-19:00
10:30-18:00 (Sat, Sun and Holiday)

3. Purchase ticket at Japan Rail Station in Japan

You could also purchase a Japan Rail pass directly at any JR stations from the above list. But expect expensive rates than purchasing in advance online. 

Make your Japan experience worthwhile with Japan Rail Pass. It will let you explore the most interesting traditional places in Japan, their unique culture, and enjoy various Japanese cuisines. The fastest way to do it is through their high-speed railway lines, the bullet trains (shinkansen). And for sure, you will be fascinated to travel to the best and ultra-modern rail system in the world.

Order now!

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