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  Japan has one of the worlds most convenient and efficient railway networks. Travelling by train is the ideal way to see Japan. The trains are comfortable, clean and easy to ride. Sit back relax and enjoy Japan as you glide across the country.
The Japan Rail passes are available to travellers visiting Japan with tourist (temporary visitor) visas. A Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order MUST be purchased outside Japan, prior to your trip. Japan Rail Passes can be booked below. If you would like to find more information about Japan Rail Pass before you order, more information is available below.

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* Japan Rail passes are processed the next 36 hours and will be ready for collection from our office. If you wish your passes to be delivered to your designated address, please allow us up to 5 working days for delivery .
If you are not collecting your Japan rail passes, and are leaving within 5 working days, please contact JTB for delivery options.
Japan Rail Digital Timetable: HYPERDIA-timetable

* The Japan Rail Pass is not valid for NOZOMI and MIZUHO trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen lines.
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There are 6 types of Japan Rail Pass * JR Pass
* JR Hokkaido Pass
* JR East Pass
* JR West Pass, (Sanyo, Kansai)
* JR Kyushu Pass
* JR Shikoku, All Shikoku Rail Pass

Japan Rail Pass
This pass covers the entire Japan Railway JR system including some buses and ferries. You are able to travel everywhere in Japan with this Japan Rail pass. It comes in 7, 14 and 21 consecutive days. Each of these Japan Rail passes is available in Economy (Ordinary) and Green (Executive) Class.
Please note that the Japan Rail Pass can only be purchased outside of Japan.

JR Hokkaido Pass

Enjoy travelling by train throughout Hokkaido for 3 or 5 days. This pass is available in Economy Class only.

JR East Pass
This pass covers the Eastern half of Japan’s main island, Honshu. The pass is available in a flexible 5 day pass. These passes are available in Economy Class only. Tickets are valid any five days within 14 days of excahnge date.

JR West Rail Pass
There are five types of JR West Rail Pass. The Sanyo Sanin Pass is valid from Kyoto to Hakata, available in 7 days. The Kansai Pass is valid from Kyoto to Himeji and available in 1,2,3 and 4 days. Kansai Wide Area Pass is valid from Kansai-airport to Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara, Himeji, the Nanki Area, the Okayama Area, and Kinosaki-Onsen (Spa). These passes are available in Economy only.

JR Kyushu Rail Pass
Board all local, express and limited express trains operated by JR Kyushu. The Kyushu pass is available in a 3 and 5 day pass in economy only.

All Shikoku Rail Pass
The rail pass provides unlimited travel on the following railway lines and trains. JR Shikoku, Tosa Kuroshio Railway, Asa Kaigan Railway, Kotoden, Iyotetsu and Tosaden.
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Who is eligible for Japan Rail Pass?

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 also for only short time periods.

The Embassy of Japan and Consulates General of Japan in Australia

If you are a Japanese national living in a foreign country:
You must
a) be qualified to live permanently in that country; or
b) be married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than Japan.

Australian residents tarvelling on a Japanese passport are not allowed to purchase JR Hokkaido, East, West or All Shikoku Rail passes.
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How to receive Japan Rail Pass? You will receive Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order to be turned in for JAPAN RAIL PASS. Within three months from the date the Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order was issued, you must turn in your Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order to obtain JAPAN RAIL PASS.
At the time, it is necessary to specify the date that you want to start using the Japn Rail Pass. It can be any date within one month from the date the Japan Rail Pass is received. Once the JAPAN RAIL PASS has a starting date written on it, the date cannot be changed.
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How long Japan Rail Pass valid? The valid period of a JAPAN RAIL PASS is the consecutive 7, 14 or 21 days beginning of the PASS is first used.
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Is Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order delivered to me? Yes, JTB delivers Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order by an Express Delivery service or by a courier (special delivery or less than 5 working days. No PO Box address apply) with delivery and hadling fees of $7.00, $20.00 respectively. JTB can not take responsibility if Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order is lost or stolen. Please request delivery method at the time of purchase. A $10.00 issue fee applies for Railpass ONLY purchases over the counter. This fee does not apply when purchased online or with other land arrangements purchased from JTB.
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Can I change a name on JR Pass Exchange Order? The change of name on Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order attracts re-issuing fee of $45. Please make sure that you provide passenger’s full name as shown on passport.
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Can I make seat reservation by Japan Rail Pass? Seat reservations can be made once in Japan at no extra cost. Please read JR East page for details (http://jreast-shinkansen-reservation.eki-net.com/pc/english/common/menu/menu.aspx)
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What can I do with unused JR Pass Exchange Order? Refunds can be made with the original Exchange Order within one year of the date of issue. As per our brochure conditions a $110 non refundable deposit in additional to a 20% handling fee will be charged. The deposit will be held for 12 months for future travel. Credit card surcharge is non refundable.
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If lost or stolen Japan Rail Pass? Neither an Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order nor a JAPAN RAIL PASS can be reissued if lost or stolen.
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