About JR Pass
What Is JR Pass?
The JAPAN RAIL PASS (JR Pass) is a special ticket that is available only to travellers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sight-seeing.
The JR Pass gives tourists unlimited travel on all JR trains across Japan, including the Shinkansen Bullet Trains,
which is an experience in itself! If you are travelling to Japan and looking to explore the entire country freely, the
JR Pass is renowned to be the best choice.
・You can choose to travel the wole of Japan with a
・Or select a specific region you want to travel with the Regional JR Pass
Types of Regional JR Pass:
Who Is Eligible For JR Pass?
In order to be eligible for a JR Pass, you must meet one of the following two conditions: 1.) You are a foreign tourist visiting
with a “temporary visitor”entry status and a purpose of “sight-seeing”.Please bring the following when acquiring your JR Pass: -Proof of documentation for permanent residence -Proof of documentation for living in a foreign country (eg. phone bills) NO driving license Japan
-Passport -Your Exchange Order 2.) You are a Japanese national living in a foreign country and either:a.) has permanent residence in a foreign country b.) married to a non-Japanese that lives outside of
Please bring the following when acquiring your Japan : -Proof that you are married to a foreign national-Proof that your spouse lives outside Japan -Proof of documentation for living in a foreign country (eg. phone bills) NO driving license -Passport -Your Exchange Order **Applicants with dual nationality will not be able to acquire a JR pass if they enter Japan Rail Pass with a Japanese passport. Japan
Please note:JR passes may be denied to applicants that are unable to present the documentation listed above. Therefore, it is very important to check your requirements thoroughly. If you are denied a JR pass, you may return your Exchange Order at the overseas travel agency you purchased it from with are fund, however, fees will apply.
If you have any enquires, please do not hesitate to call us at 0207484 3328
How Does JR Pass Work?
Receive or Pick up
Exchange your Exchange Voucher with your JR Pass at JR Office at any major JR station
Start travelling with your JR Pass!
*Some of the JR Passes are not sold in
! Visitors must purchase their exchange order BEFORE coming to Japan . Japan
Also, the passes that are sold in
may cost more. Japan
Once you purchase your JR pass online, you will have an option of having the Exchange Orders delivered to you, or for you to come for pick up at our office.
Exchange Orders are delivered by Royal Mail, with a next working day delivery for orders made before 3 pm.
An hour after you order the JR Pass online, you are welcome to come pickup your Exchange Orders at our office (address below).
Office hours Mon-Fri 9:30-18:00/Sat 10:00-15:00.
H.I.S. Europe Ltd
Via Japan Holidays
20 North Audley Street London W1K 6WE
Nearest Tube Station: Bond Street Station
Tel: +44 (0)20 07484 3328
Once you arrive to Japan and exchange your Exchange Voucher with a JR Pass,
you can make seat reservations at a"Midori no Madoguchi" counter.
Travellers with normal passes usually have to pay quite a bit to make seat reservations,
so this is another advantage for JR Pass holders.
Green car seats are recommended compared to ordinary seats, for its great comfort and good value.
Seat reservations are recommended especially during busy seasons.
Why Is JR Pass Good?
The JR Pass can save a lot of money for long distance travellers.
It is offered just for foreigners, and is a much better deal than what Japanese people are accustomed to paying.
The pass is convenient, flexible, and are available for seat reservations. JR Passes also allows travellers not to have to buy a ticket every time prior to their train ride.
Other than the fact ViaJapan offers the cheapest JR Pass price of £177 (7 days), keep reading to see why ViaJapan is the traveller’s choice!
Why Choose ViaJapan?
By booking through ViaJapan, trading name of H.I.S., Europe Ltd., not only will you have a better price,
but you will also have access to Japan's H.I.S. Tourist Information Center, meaning they can be of your support if ever necessary.
There are Tourist Information Center branches in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and one newly opened in Nagoya.
The H.I.S. Tourist Information Center is recognised from the Japanese government,
and therefore can be relied with trustworthy information.
Tourist Information Center Merits:
・Staff speaks English
・Located in convenient, tourist popular areas
・Most offices open everyday
・Due to the fact that TIC is administrated by H.I.S.,
TIC will be able to take good care of you and be able to check your itinerary accordingly
・TIC can tell you things that are not mentioned in guidebooks!
Tourist Information Center website:
ViaJapan also offers great package tours throughout Japan, as well as additional stops to Korea and Hong Kong.
◇ Visit ViaJapan tours and prices: www.viajapan.co.uk ◇
*Advantages of Green Car*
The JR rail Green Car offers first class seating, very popular to foreigners for its comfort and a good value.
The Green Car provides spacious seats that recline, a foot rest and space to rest your legs.
It also features travel magazines, larger windows, radio sets, and luggage space that are commonly known to be limited in ordinary seating areas.
Additionally, certain lines cater free snacks, drinks, and oshibori wet towels.
Unlike the ordinary seating areas, the Green Car is not crowded which may be appealing for those of you that want to relax,
get some work done, or is travelling with family.
It is a good idea to travel in Green Cars especially during busy seasons which are May, August, and September.
Green Car areas are located on the train platform and on the exterior of the train, so it is easy to find.
The Green Car is greatly recommended for those who want to enjoy the scenery of
in peaceful luxury. Japan
Some of the highest quality known Green Cars are on the JR Hokkaido Line and Kyushu Line, which may be worth an experience!
Image source: JapanHotNow!
Free Wifi is available on JR Hokkaido, JR East, and JR Central. Public telephones are also located in train stations.
*Luggage Delivery/Coin Lockers*