Japan by train

All rail passes

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  • Affordable Japan Rail Pass often cheaper than single tickets!

Rail Map - Japan

Rail Map - Japan

Buy the Japan Rail Pass, it is a great way to see Japan. You can travel as much on the high speed bullet trains as you want for 7, 14 or 21 days (excluded the Nozomi trains). With the well established train network it is nice and comfortable to travel by train.


Japan Rail Passes

The Japan Rail Pass is only available to buy outside of Japan. The pass is valid on all trains in Japan (excluded the fastest Nozomi trains). A Japan Rail Pass is in most cases the most affordable way to travel in Japan. Buying single tickets will be more expensive than buying the Rail Pass. When you travel Tokyo to Osaka in return you easily save money on it. Making a reservation on the trains is easily to do when you present your ticket at the desk of the railway company on the station. You can exchange your voucher at the major airport in Japan. When you receive your ticket by post you will find an enclosed instruction paper where you can exchange your voucher for a ticket. If you wish to buy the Japan Rail Pass you can click here.


Or click for other passes: 

> JR EAST PASS (Tohoku Area)

> JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata Area)

> Hokuriku Arch Pass

> Kyushu Rail Pass



The Japan Rail Pass is nearly valid on all trains in Japan. Though there is one exception where you can’t travel on and that is for the fastest bullet trains in Japan; the Nozomi trains. 



The Japan Rail Pass voucher will be send by post. On the major airports and major train station you can exchange the voucher for the Japan Rail Pass.  Making seat reservations is not required, but is recommended during peak times.