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Japan Rail Passes in Singapore

Travelling across Japan in the famous “Shinkansen” bullet trains* and local JR trains to major sightseeing spots have never been so convenient and economical!

With this Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass), you can enjoy up to great savings on train rides and skip the ticket queues by reserving your seats in advance. Read on for our concise guide on the JR Pass or proceed to check the prices that we are offering!

Walk-in today and get your passes issued on the spot within the same day! Or you can fill up the booking form and we will contact you shortly.


1) What is a Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) ?

JR Pass

Comprehensive and reliable railway network covering most of Japan!

The JR pass is offered by the six major rail companies that make up the Japan Railways Group (JR Group), namely the JR East, JR West, JR Central, JR Hokkaido, JR Kyushu and JR Shikoku.

These passes can only be used by foreign tourists, providing unlimited rides of JR trains for up to three weeks. It comes in 2 different types: Ordinary & Green car, with the latter offering more spacious seats than ordinary cars.

2) Eligibility to purchase a JR Pass

JR Pass

Ticket Office in Japan also known as “Midori-no-mado-guchi”

You are eligible to purchase the JR Pass if you are either:
  • Holding Foreign passport & entering Japan under “Temporary Visitor“*
  • Japanese national living outside of Japan for more than 10 consecutive years^

  • Do take note that we will issue you a physical exchange order which has to be turned in at any major JR stations in Japan within 3 months after issuance.

    *Please obtain the stamp/sticker on your passport from a manned counter. All other entry statuses such as “Trainee”, “Entertainer” or “Reentry Permit” are not allowed to purchase the JR Pass.

    ^Individuals must present a copy of the “Certificate of Overseas Residence” issued by the Japanese Embassy (within last 6 months) when making the JR Pass booking.

    3) How to use the JR Pass

    JR Pass

    Reading the details on a Japanese Train Ticket

    Make your JR Pass experience a breeze with H.I.S. Travel:
  • Present the relevant documents* at any major JR stations & receive your Japan Rail Pass.
  • Make seat reservations^ for the sectors that you are travelling on Shinkansen or Limited Express.
  • Insert the JR Pass ticket through the automatic ticket gate and remember to retrieve it when passing through the gates.**
  • Present your seat reservation tickets when train conductors check on Shinkansen and Limited Express trains.

  • You also have the flexibility to exchange your pass before usage date by letting the staff know your intended activation date. When making seat reservations, simply present your JR Pass to the staff and inform them of the date, time, departure & arrival stations and the trains.

    *Passport showing stamp with “Temporary Visitor” & physical exchange order for foreign passport holders. For Japanese passport holders, an additional document “Certificate of Overseas Residence” must be presented.

    ^JR Pass is not valid for any seats, reserved or non-reserved on “NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen. In addition, there may not be green seats available on certain routes. There are now new luggage rules for visitors travelling on the Tokaido, Sanyo & Kyushu Shinkansen.

    **Gates showing IC only would not be able to accept the JR Pass ticket. Also, please avoid using seat reservation tickets to pass through the gate.


    Still have questions?

    Speak to our friendly consultants if you are unsure whether your itinerary requires a JR Pass.


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