Japan Rail Pass Frequently Asked Questions
Japan Rail Pass Frequently Asked Questions

Japan Rail Pass Frequently Asked Questions

When people plan on traveling by rail long distance in Japan, they often purchase a Japan Rail Pass (or the JR Pass). This cost-effective method is used only by tourists and provides unlimited riding for one to three weeks at prices only the Japanese residents could dream about.

Why is it that the residents of this island cannot purchase a JR pass for themselves? It’s because they’re not sold inside the country. So, if you plan on visiting the country, you must purchase it before you get there. There are two kinds of passes – green car and the ordinary car. Green cars are considered first class cars and have seats that are more spacious than what you see with ordinary cars.  Visitax

Where Can Visitors Use The Japan Rail Pass

There are several places where the Japan Rail Pass are accepted:

– Ferry to Miyjima
– Aomori Railway between Aomori and Hachinohe

JR Trains – The JR Pass is valid on nearly all trains that operate on the Japan Railways such as:

– Local trains
– Rapid trains
– Express trains
– Limited express trains
– Shinkansen trains

Tokyo Monorail from/to Haneda Airport – Pass holders can access the Shimokita Peninsula and are allowed to stop on and off at the following stations only:

– Aomori
– Noheji
– Hachinohe

Local JR Buses – The pass can be used on JR-operated local buses only. While not a lot of these are available, they can be useful for tourists who want to visit the following areas:

– Kanazawa Station
– Kenrokuen
– Kusatsu
– Kyoto Station – Ryoanji
– Lake Towada
– Onsen
– Sapporo
– Yamaguchi – Hagi