General information

Rail Guru will issue an exchange voucher which must be presented in Japan, at any JR Station that has a Japan Rail Pass Exchange Office. Exchange vouchers must be presented within 3 months of issue date for a Japan Rail Pass to be issued. The pass is then valid for 1 month.

Important: At the time of exchange you will be asked to fill out a short application form and show your passport with the temporary visitor stamp that you would have recieved on entry into Japan. You must have your passport with you at the time of the exchange. A photocopy is not acceptable and without your passport the exchange cannot be made.

Children under six years of age may travel free of charge if they do not occupy a seat i.e. are seated on their parent's lap. (One child per adult only) Otherwise, they will need a Child Rail Pass

The Japan Rail Pass is valid on the following railway, bus and ferry services:


The Yamanote Line in Tokyo
The Yamanote line is a JR train line and is covered with the JR pass.
The Yamanote Line is Tokyo's most important train line. It is a circular line which connects Tokyo's major city centers. A trip around the whole circle takes approximately one hour.
Even though a single train on the Yamanote Line is roughly 200 meters long, there are departures about every two to four minutes in each direction. (
Please note: Green circular line only is Yamanote Line.

The Yamanote Line

All JR Group Railways
All bullet trains(Shinkansen), limited express and rapid or local trains are included with the Japan Rail Pass.

The 'Nozomi' bullet train is the fastest train service running in Japan, and is not included on the Japan Rail Pass, however there are many other JR trains that do these routes.

The Mizuho Shinkansen runs between Osaka and Kagoshima and is not included on the Japan Rail Pass. However the Sakura Shinkansen also runs this route and is valid on the Japan Rail Pass.


JR Highway Bus Lines

  • Morioka - Hiroskai/ Amori / Towadako * Sapporo - Otaru
  • Tokyo - Shizuoka/Hamamatsu/Okazaki/Toyota/Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka/Tsukuba Centre
  • Nagoya - Kyoto / Osaka
  • Osaka - Tsuyama Car Shed / Kasai Flower Centre

JR Bus Companies
Local lines of JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus, West Japan JR Bus,
Chugoku JR Bus, JR Hokkaido Bus and JR Kyushu Bus.

JR Bus Divisions
Local bus lines of JR Shikoku.


JR Ferry
Miyajima - Miyajimaguchi, except "BEETLE II" (Hakata - Pusan)