Japan Rail Pass: Where to buy and is it worth it? (2024 Prices & Updates)

The Japan Rail Pass is a special rail pass available for tourists visiting Japan. It offers unlimited use of most trains operated by the Japan Railways (JR) Group across the country, including most Shinkansen (bullet trains), for a set period of 7, 14, or 21 consecutive days. It’s meant to simplify travel and help save money if you’re planning an extensive itinerary around Japan.

I ordered a Japan Rail Pass on my first trip to Japan, and I can now explain how it works and if it’s actually worth buying one. In this guide, I will discuss prices, how to buy your Japan Rail Pass and what to do if you’ve decided against it.

What is the Japan Rail Pass?

The Japan Rail Pass also known as the JR Pass is a special rail ticket that lets tourists travel on most Japan Railways (JR) trains throughout Japan for a fixed period, either 7, 14, or 21 days.

The Japan Rail Pass It’s designed for foreign visitors to Japan, offering unlimited rides on JR trains, including many bullet trains (Shinkansen), local, rapid, and express trains.

To get it, you buy an exchange order before you come to Japan, and then trade it for the physical pass once you’re in the country.

This pass is a favorite among travelers because it can save a lot of money, especially if you’re moving across long distances or visiting several regions.

Just remember, it’s exclusively for tourists, so you’ll need to show your temporary visitor stamp or visa when you exchange your order for the pass.

Greg holding our Japan rail passes in front of a Shinkansen in Japan
Greg holding our Japan rail passes in front of a Shinkansen in Japan

What is included in the Japan Rail Pass?

The JR Pass lets you ride almost all trains on the JR network, including the Hikari, Sakura, and Kodama Shinkansen trains.

From October 2023, you can now ride the fastest Nozomi and Mizuho bullet trains by showing your Japan Rail Pass and purchasing an additional ticket for these trains.

Your Japan Rail Pass allows you to make free seat reservations, which is particularly useful during busy travel seasons, ensuring you have a seat on the train you wish to take.

The JR Pass also works for the Tokyo Monorail (useful from Haneda Airport) and some other specific regional lines, like the Yamanote line in Tokyo and the Narita Express (useful for Narita Airport).

For certain local railways like the Aoimori Railway, Ainokaze Toyama Railway, and the IR Ishikawa Railway, the pass is valid only under specific conditions, mainly for direct travel on designated segments.

Regarding buses, the JR Pass is good for several local JR bus lines across Japan but doesn’t cover express bus routes. It also includes the JR-West Miyajima ferry service, but not the JR-Kyushu ferry to Pusan.

Cory and Greg on the shinkansen on their way to Nagano from Tokyo
Cory and Greg on the shinkansen on their way to Nagano from Tokyo

What is excluded from the Japan Rail Pass?

The Japan Rail Pass covers a broad range of transportation options, but there are some exclusions:

  • Non-JR Trains – The pass doesn’t cover most subways, trams, and private railway lines. For these, you’ll need to buy separate tickets or passes.
  • Nozomi and Mizuho Shinkansen – The Japan Rail Pass doesn’t cover the fastest bullet trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo, and Kyushu lines, known as Nozomi and Mizuho. If you have the JR Pass and want to ride these, you’ll need to buy an extra ticket. However, the JR Pass does allow you to ride the Hikari, Sakura, and Kodama trains on these lines, which are slightly slower but still covered by the pass.
  • Luxury Trains – Special luxury trains like the Sunrise Seto/Izumo overnight sleeper trains require additional lodging fee or limited express fee.
  • Some Ferries – While the JR Pass includes the ferry to Miyajima Island, other JR-operated ferries are not covered.
  • Green Cars – Unless you purchase the Green Car version of the JR Pass, first-class (Green Car) seats are not included.
Shinkansen Tokyo bullet trains at the Tokyo train station from the Kitte building
Shinkansen Tokyo bullet trains at the Tokyo train station from the Kitte building

How much does a Japan Rail Pass cost?

In the table below, I have collected the up-to-date JR Pass in Japanese Yen. The market price in local currency outside of Japan will be converted from yen to your local currency.

Japan Rail Pass Prices in 2024

The JR Pass prices until October 2023 are as follows:

DurationOrdinary CarsGreen CarsBuy Now
7 days¥50,000¥70,000Purchase 7 days JR Pass
14 days¥80,000¥110,000Purchase 14 days JR Pass
21 days¥100,000¥140,000Purchase 21 days JR Pass
Japan Rail Pass Prices in 2024, displayed in Japanese yen, per person

Children aged 6 to 11 also need their own JR Pass when traveling with families, but at a reduced price: it’s 50% of the adult fare. This means if you’re traveling in Japan with your kids, each child in this age range must have a JR Pass to use the trains, offering a cost-effective way for families to explore together.

An infographic with details on JR Pass ordinary car prices, plus a short list of pros and cons to help you decide if the JR Pass is worth buying for you
An infographic with details on JR Pass ordinary car prices, plus a short list of pros and cons to help you decide if the JR Pass is worth buying for you

Is the Japan Rail Pass worth it in 2024?

The Japan Rail Pass can definitely be worth it in 2024, especially if your travel plans involve taking multiple long-distance train trips around Japan. The key to its value is in how much you plan to travel. If your itinerary includes several journeys on the Shinkansen that connect major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka, then the JR Pass can offer substantial savings.

For example, a 7-day JR Pass costs around ¥50,000, while just a round-trip ticket between Tokyo and Kyoto costs ¥28,000. If you’re planning more than one long-distance trip within a week, the pass pays off. It’s particularly beneficial for those traveling for 7, 14, or 21 days and wanting to explore multiple regions of Japan.

For my latest 7-day journey across Japan, I traveled from Tokyo to Nagoya, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, and back to Tokyo, using the Japan Rail Pass. I also took the Chuo line to visit Magome. If I had paid for each Shinkansen trip separately, it would have cost me around ¥95,000. But the JR Pass only cost me ¥50,000, saving me a total of ¥45,000.

Japan Rail Pass

The optimal way to explore Japan is with a rail pass that is available for durations of 7, 14, or 21 days, offering unlimited travel across the country. Shinkansen included!

When is it not worth it to buy the JR Pass?

The JR Pass might not be worth it if your travel plans in Japan are limited to one city or region, or if you’re staying put for most of your trip. For example, if you’re spending a week in Tokyo and only plan a couple of short trips nearby, the cost of individual train tickets would likely be lower than the price of the JR Pass.

If your itinerary involves travel primarily on non-JR lines, such as private railways or subways in urban areas, the JR Pass won’t cover these. You’d be better off purchasing tickets as you go or looking into local passes specific to those areas. For example, you can purchase regional train passes in Japan.

Japan Shinkansen Map JR Pass
Japan Shinkansen Map JR Pass

Japan Rail Regional Passes

Regional passes in Japan are specific rail passes offered by the various JR (Japan Railways) companies, tailored to different areas of the country. Unlike the nationwide Japan Rail Pass, these regional passes focus on providing unlimited travel within a particular region or area.

Choosing regional rail passes over the nationwide Japan Rail Pass can be smarter for travelers focusing on one area of Japan. These passes are cheaper and cover exactly what you need for exploring a specific region, including some bullet trains and local transportation. If you’re not planning to travel all over Japan, a regional pass can save you money, giving you access to just the right trains and buses for your trip. This makes your travel easier and more cost-effective, especially if your journey is limited to a particular part of the country.

Cory and Greg on the JR Ferry approaching Miyajima from Hiroshima
Cory and Greg on the JR Ferry approaching Miyajima from Hiroshima

Do you have to buy a Japan Rail Pass in advance?

You can purchase the Japan Rail Pass up to 3 months before your trip to Japan. Buy an exchange order from an authorized dealer, which they’ll send to you through FedEx. Once you’re in Japan, you exchange this order for the actual Rail Pass at a JR Pass exchange office, which can be found in major airports and JR stations.

As of September 2023, the Japan Rail Pass is no longer sold at train stations within Japan, so you do need to purchase it in advance.

The exchange orders for your JR Passes
The exchange orders for your JR Passes

Where to buy JR Pass

From authorized travel agents

I purchased my Japan Rail Pass via the official overseas agent called JRailPass. Please make sure to allow enough time to receive your JR Pass exchange voucher in the post before your trip to Japan. While they deliver fairly quickly, ensure you order your pass at least 2 weeks before your planned departure.

From the official website

You can now purchase the Japan Rail Pass via the official website to receive a digital exchange order. You still need to exchange this for an actual physical Japan Rail Pass. Benefits of purchasing through the official site include the ability to make online seat reservations immediately after buying the pass.

Shinkansen arriving at the train station and views of Mt. Fuji from the shinkansen train


The Japan Rail Pass is exclusively available to short-term visitors to Japan, classified as “temporary visitors,” and to Japanese nationals who have been living abroad permanently for at least the past ten years.

When entering Japan via an automated airport gate, your passport won’t receive a stamp or sticker, which is needed to pick up or exchange a Japan Rail Pass.

To get this stamp or sticker, you should go through a manned gate or ask a clerk for it. For those in the Trusted Traveler Program, showing your “registered user card” is necessary to verify your “Temporary Visitor” status.

Residents of Japan are not eligible to use the pass.

Selecting a start date

When you exchange your voucher for the actual Japan Rail Pass, you have the flexibility to choose a start date. This start date doesn’t have to be the same day you exchange the voucher. You can pick any date within a one-month window from the exchange.

However, it’s important to note that once the pass is issued with a start date, you can’t change that date later. For those who buy their pass directly through the official website, the starting date is selected at the time of purchase, and similarly, it cannot be adjusted after the fact.

Conductor on the Japan Rail train
Conductor on the Japan Rail train

Using the JR Pass

Once exchanged in Japan, the Japan Rail Pass acts as your ticket for JR trains. If you opt for a reserved seat, you’ll need to obtain a free seat reservation ticket with your Rail Pass. You can make these reservations at ticket machines or offices across Japan.

However, you cannot make reservations on the train. If you bought your pass online, you also have the option to reserve seats through the official website.

Since June 2020, Rail Pass holders can use automatic ticket gates at stations.

How the new Japan Rail Passes look like - Simply use these tickets at any automated JR gate
How the new Japan Rail Passes look like – Simply use these tickets at any automated JR gate

Do I need seat reservations?

Though not always necessary, reserving your seat can ensure a smoother journey, particularly during busy periods or if you’re traveling in a group and want to sit together. With the Rail Pass, reservations are free, so it’s a good precaution to take. On some trains, reservations are mandatory. These include:

  • Narita Express (between Tokyo and Narita Airport)
  • Certain Shinkansen trains like Hayabusa, Hayate, Komachi, Tsubasa, and Kagayaki
  • Limited express trains heading towards destinations like Amanohashidate, Kinosaki Onsen, and Kumano from Osaka/Kyoto
  • The Sunrise Seto/Izumo night trains

Top Tip: When your journey includes passing Mount Fuji, book your seat in advance to ensure you get one with a view of the mountain. At the ticket counter, ask which side of the train offers the best views of Mount Fuji.

Example of seat reservation - all the seat reservations I got with my JR Pass
Example of seat reservation – all the seat reservations I got with my JR Pass

What if you didn’t buy a Japan Rail Pass?

If you didn’t buy a Japan Rail Pass, you still have plenty of options for traveling around Japan, but you’ll need to pay for individual tickets for trains, buses, and other forms of transportation.

While the Japan Rail Pass offers convenience and can be cost-effective for extensive travel, not having one doesn’t limit your ability to explore Japan. It just means you’ll need to plan your travel and budget a bit differently.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it worth buying the JR Pass in Japan?

If you are spending 7 days or more in Japan and planning to take trips to multiple cities, then yes, absolutely. The JR Pass will save you money and make your life easier when booking your tickets and seats. You can check prices and buy your JR Pass here.

How useful is the JR Pass in Tokyo?

The JR Pass can be used on any JR lines to travel between stations in Tokyo, and it’s especially useful on the Yamanote Line, which is a loop line around central Tokyo. It is a great way to save money if you already have the pass. Look for the JR trains in Tokyo and enjoy unlimited free travel.

Is JR Pass worth it 14 days?

If you’re planning multiple long-distance trips across different regions, such as from Tokyo to Kyoto, Hiroshima, and maybe even down to Kyushu or up to Hokkaido. The pass can offer significant savings compared to buying individual train tickets for each journey. The convenience of having unlimited travel on JR trains, including many shinkansen (bullet trains), can also make your trip more flexible and enjoyable.
However, if your itinerary is more localized, such as staying within the Kanto area (around Tokyo) or Kansai area (around Kyoto and Osaka), and you’re not making use of long-distance shinkansen rides, the 14-day pass might not be cost-effective. In such cases, regional passes or paying for individual tickets might be a better choice.

Is Hokkaido JR Pass worth it?

The Hokkaido JR Pass offers unlimited travel on all trains, including limited express trains, and most buses operated by JR Hokkaido and JR Hokkaido Bus. If you’re planning to explore multiple destinations across the island, especially if these involve long-distance travel between cities like Sapporo, Hakodate, Asahikawa, and Kushiro, the pass can offer substantial savings and convenience. Hokkaido’s attractions are spread out, and the cost of individual train tickets can add up quickly. You can check prices and buy your JR Pass here.

Does Japan Rail Pass include subway?

You won’t be able to use your JR Pass to travel on the subways in Japan. However, many large cities, including Tokyo and Osaka, also run JR trains on the same lines. For example, you can use the Tokyo Yamanote Line and the Osaka Loop since they are owned by the Japan Rail Group.

Is Japan Rail Pass unlimited rides?

The Japan Rail Pass offers unlimited rides on most Japan Railways (JR) trains across the country, including local, rapid, express, and many shinkansen trains. This allows for flexible and extensive travel throughout Japan during the validity period of the pass, which can be 7, 14, or 21 consecutive days.

Has the price of the JR Pass increased?

The price of the Japan Rail Pass has almost doubled since October 2023. It’s still very much worth considering it for extensive travel around Japan.

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Cory from You Could Travel entering Senso-ji in Tokyo, Japan

Cory Varga – Cory is a published travel writer and award-winning photographer. She travels full time with her husband and is passionate about creating in-depth travel guides. Cory published her first book on Japanese customs and manners because she’s obsessed with everything Japan. She has visited hundreds of destinations and has lived in 7 different countries. Cory is multilingual and an alumna from The University of Manchester.


42 responses to “Japan Rail Pass: Where to buy and is it worth it? (2024 Prices & Updates)”

  1. Alina Jack Avatar
    Alina Jack

    How many day before I will have to book the tickets? It seems you love the train travel. I don’t like much but yes, sometimes. Have you ever heard about Maharajas’ Express – The Luxury Train?

  2. Cory Avatar

    Hi Alina, I recommend buying your JR Pass at least one month before travelling to Japan. I really loved the Shinkansen and I am sure you will have a great experience too. I’ve heard of the Maharajas’ Express. It looks absolutely amazing! I bet it’s such fun adventure to travel by luxury train, right?

  3. sanji Avatar

    hi cory
    thank you for the all the guidance given in your blog posts, it is really helpful, though i m still confused with the train pass, planning to visit japan in end of march and would like to see the snow monkeys and put up a day in the snow mountain as my two young kids seeing snow for first time(aged 8 and 5) and would like to see mount Fiji too. Pleases tell me should i buy the rail pass for 7 days or wide pass? can i use this pass in to subway in tokyo.
    thank you in advance


    1. Cory Avatar

      Hi Sanji,

      I’m very glad to hear you found this article useful. It is entirely up to you if you wish to purchase the JR Pass for the duration of your stay. Here is the information I can provide:
      Children age 5 and under don’t have to pay for the JR Pass.
      Adult price for JR Pass (at the date of writing this) is £206 for 7 days.
      Child price for JR Pass (at the date of writing this) is £103 for 7 days.
      If you want to purchase tickets separately it will cost you:
      A return trip with the shinkansen Tokyo to Nagano (roughly £100 per adult and half for your eldest child) + the cost of using the local trains from Nagano to Yudanaka (I don’t actually know the price for this I’m afraid)
      A return trip with the shinkansen Tokyo to Fuji (roughly £50 per adult and half for your eldest child)
      As you can see, you break even with either buying the JR Pass or buying tickets on the shinkansen.

      Add a trip to Nikko from Tokyo for one day and you would already save A LOT with the JR Pass.
      You can’t use the JR Pass for the Tokyo subways but you can use for all JR trains in Tokyo. So for example, if you want to go from central Tokyo to Shinjuku by train, you can easily do this with your JR Pass.

      You can also use your JR Pass on the monorail from the Haneda airport.

      For the subway, you will need to get a Pasmo card. This enables you to pay as you go for your subway travels. It’s very easy to use and it allows you to save money and hassle on a long run, especially when travelling with children.

      A few more words of friendly advice:
      Please familiarise with some basic customs and manners before going to Japan. Japanese people are super friendly and very willing to help, but please help them by respecting their culture.
      If you want to know more about Japan, I’m happy to direct you to more articles or help you with your itinerary.

      Do let me know if you have more questions, and do not hesitate to contact me.

      Enjoy Japan!

  4. Susan Galvin Avatar
    Susan Galvin

    Sounds like great trip! Thank you. Hope you will remember it for many years.

  5. Jollies and Jaunts Avatar
    Jollies and Jaunts

    Great article – I’ve never heard of this before but I’m planning a trip to Japan next year so I’ll definitely be investing in one. I wish more countries offered passes like this.

  6. Katie Ackerley Avatar
    Katie Ackerley

    This post is so useful! Thanks so much. I’ve heard some talk about the JR Pass but never actually received any legitimate, useful info. I’ll definitely be getting a pass when I finally get to visit Japan!

  7. Gabby Avatar

    Ooh, sounds very useful. When I travel Japan I usually island hop, though I’ve heard the pass is so great for quick easy travel in one place. May have to plan for it next time I go! 🙂

  8. Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul Avatar
    Ashlyn | From Heart And Seoul

    So helpful! Bookmarking this as we head back to Tokyo and Osaka next month! The rail pass can seem a bit overwhelming so this is great!

  9. Flo @ Yoga, Wine & Travel Avatar
    Flo @ Yoga, Wine & Travel

    Thanks for the boatload of info, Cory! I had dismissed the JR Pass because I wasn’t sure if it could be used within certain cities, but after reading this it feels like we should do the math properly. We are going to Tokyo, Hakuba, Kyoto and then Osaka so perhaps a 2 week pass would be worth it!

  10. Kristen Kellogg Avatar
    Kristen Kellogg

    It seems pretty affordable for a week pass and a great way to get around! I’ll certainly bookmark this for when I get to Japan this year.

  11. vishal Avatar

    thanks for sharing nice information blog about japan rail pass

  12. Abhishek Mathur Avatar
    Abhishek Mathur

    Thanks for sharing a good post about the Japan rail pass, keep writing and sharing.

  13. Frank Hall Avatar
    Frank Hall

    Thank you for sharing such useful information with us! For those who are planning to have a trip in Japan, they really need to know the railway of Japan beforehand.

  14. Jasmine Avatar

    Hi Cory,
    Great article and glad that I came across it before my trip in Nov’17. I came across the JR East Pass (Nagano) which I am considering to buy as it can be used for my returned trip to Nagano as well as on the monorial to Haneada for my return flight.
    However, I am still understanding the extensive network of Tokyo train system currently.

    1. Cory Avatar

      Hi Jasmine, I’m glad you found it useful. Please remember that you can only use the JR Pass on trains and not on subways. In Tokyo, you can use the Yamanote line which is a green circle around the centre 🙂

      Any questions, let me know. Cory xoxo

      1. Jasmine Avatar

        Hi Cory, thanks for the heads up. Lucky my friend whom is a local from Nagano will join me from day 2 of my trip. So i just have to navigate the first day and half on my own. I am slowly going through your posts to better equip myself

  15. Pench National Park Avatar
    Pench National Park

    Amazing Blog. Very Informative. Keep it up

  16. Steph Avatar

    Hi There,

    Thanks for your article. I have been also confused with the lines included in the JR pass so it’s great to read simple and straightforward articles like this one.

    I thought I calculated right that I will pay if I buy a JR pass but with your suggestion to take the JR pass for Tokyo-Nagano to the snow and back to Fuji and then Tokyo (in the comment section), I’m now not sure about my calcul.

    As I’m staying 10 days in Japan, my plan was to travel from Narita airport-Tokyo; (after two days in Tokyo) Tokyo-Hakuba; Hakuba-Takayama; Takayama-Tokyo; ‘after two days in Tokyo) Tokyo-Narita airport without the JR pass….

    Would it be worthy to buy a JR pass? (knowing that it wont cover all my trip anyway?)

    Thanks a lot :).


    1. Cory Avatar

      Hi Steph,

      Thank you very much for your message. It will 100% worth it!!! You will end up saving SO much by having the JR Pass for 7 days. You can also use it in Tokyo for the JR Yamanote line. I think you should absolutely go for it!

      Any questions, please let me know.
      P.S. Takayama is so beautiful <3

      Kind Regards,


  17. India Avatar

    Thanks! I found the useful information from the blog. All the tips are very informative.

    1. Cory Avatar

      Glad to hear 🙂 Cory

  18. Marianne Avatar

    It realy works great. We had a pass and we haf a great time. You should also order the box for internet. Them you have always acses to internet during yout trip. You can order it in combination with your trainpass

  19. Marie Avatar

    Hello I noticed in your article (thank you for it) that you mention that you cannot use the rail pass for certain trains however I intend to travel to Hiroshima from Tokyo. Can you tell me if the rail pass would permit me to use it from Tokyo to Hiroshima and or to Miyajima ? If not what do you suggest.

    1. Cory Avatar

      You can use the JR Pass from Tokyo to Hiroshima on the Shinkansen. The JR Pass will come with a handy guide which will tell you exactly which lines you and can not use.

  20. Christina Morrison Avatar
    Christina Morrison

    Hi Cory,
    We are trying to work out how to get from Narita Airport to Kobe . We are in Japan for 16 days. Should we buy a 14 day train pass and just buy train tickets back to the airport. Or take a 21 day pass, we will be 45 minutes from Tokyo on our last 4 days

    1. Cory Avatar

      Hi Christina,
      I would just buy a train ticket on the last day and use the 14 day JR Pass for all other travel 🙂
      I’m sure you will love Japan. Have lots of fun and safe travels.
      Cory x

  21. Bharat Avatar

    Very nicely written blog with beautiful pictures. very interesting information and its quite helpful for other.

  22. Rebecca Avatar

    Hey there, you can buy the JR pass in Japan – I bought one two days ago (19 April 2023) at Tokushima Station, and according to JR, they’ve extended it to be able to buy in Japan until March next year. It costs a few thousand yen more, but definitely worth it if you can’t buy one before your trip.

    1. Cory Avatar

      Dear Rebecca, thank you for your comment. We are looking into this now and will update the article shortly.

  23. Lisa Avatar

    Hi Cory, great post! I am planning a trip to Japan in November and have used the JR Pass before, so I would like to buy it again. Will be traveling as followed: Tokyo – Osaka – Fukuoka – Tokyo. I was wondering about the increase in price in October. If I buy it now or in June for the old price, have they said anything about that? Will they ask for an extra charge or will I still pay the old price and be able to use it without issue in November? Thank you in advance! Best, Lisa

    1. Cory Avatar

      Hi Lisa, you can buy your JR Pass up to 3 months before your travels. And the company delivers it to you around 1 month before your actual departure time. Which means you should aim to buy yours in September before the price increase. Happy travels around Japan!

  24. Amy Avatar

    We are traveling in October. If we buy a Japan Rail Pass now (or before October) do we have to pay the price increase?

    1. Cory Avatar

      Hi Amy, you can buy your JR Pass up to 3 months before your travels. And the company delivers it to you around 1 month before your actual departure time. Which means you should aim to buy yours in August before the price increase. Happy travels around Japan!

  25. Worried Avatar

    Because I have seen the JR Rail Pass site saying that you can buy it even more then 3 months before your trip, we just need to let them know so that they can delay the issue date of the pass, will it work for avoiding this price increase if we’re planning a trip for February 2024?
    Concerned as noticed that most travel sites indicate that you can only buy up to 3 months before the trip.

    1. Cory Avatar

      To my knowledge you can only buy a JR Pass up to 3 months before the trip.

      Once your online order is confirmed, you will receive an Exchange Order (JR voucher) by post. You can either receive it home before you leave or have it delivered to your temporary residence in Japan. The voucher needs to be exchanged for the actual rail pass once you are in Japan, within three (3) months of when the Exchange Order is issued.

      I doubt, though, any JR reseller could delay sending the exchange order for so long, as that would be way beyond October price rises.

      Can I please ask, where are you planning on going in Japan via shinkansen? Maybe I can help you some other ways?

  26. Narmin Nathoo Avatar
    Narmin Nathoo

    hi, great article thank you. My partner and I will be in Japan towards end of October. Can we get our JRP prior to price increase and will it be honored?
    How far in advance can we purchase the pass?

    1. Cory Avatar

      Hi Narmin, you can buy your JR Pass up to 3 months before your travels. And the company delivers it to you around 1 month before your actual departure time. Happy travels around Japan!

  27. Lisa Avatar

    Hi we are planning to go to japan on dec 16, is it still safe if i buy the jr pass on october 1st lets say, bfore the price increase, coz its 3 month bfore trip right, i was wondering if its saver u buy end of september bfore the price increase? Need your advice 🙏 thanks!

    1. Cory Avatar

      Hi Lisa, You should be able to buy the JR Pass at the lower price and use it in December. (Remember, the JR Pass is valid for 3 months after purchase) Whether it’s worth it or not it depends on which cities are you visiting in Japan.

  28. Shay Avatar

    Hi! If we purchase our Jr Pass now (August 2023) but are not planning to go to Japan till March 2024 will we still be able to use our pass , does it expire?

    Thank you for helpful tips 🙂

    1. Cory Avatar

      Unfortunately, it will expire. The JR Pass is valid for 3 months after purchase so you wouldn’t be able to use it in March 2024.

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