The Japan Rail pass provides visitors with an easy way to travel by rail.
This answer claims that the official website for information about it is japanrailpass.net (which does not appear to make any claims itself about being the official website and is not HTTPS). However, there are many other places that also claim to sell the product, such as the following (in alphabetical order):
- japan-rail-pass.com (claims "Worldwide Official Distributor")
- japantravel-centre.com (claims "Official agent for Japan Rail Pass")
- jrailpass.com (claims "Official Vendor")
- jrpass.co.uk (UK)
- jtbtravel.com.au (Australia)
Pricing varies between sites, with the more expensive end at about 40% pricier than the less expensive end (with or without shipping fees).
There also seems to be variance in descriptions and claims about what's covered, especially for auxiliary services like buses, or if surcharges apply for certain routes/tracks (e.g. jrpass.com indicates it doesn't cover Nozomi/Mizuho class trains but DOES fully cover all the rest with no route-specific exceptions.).
Are there differences between the products that these different sites offer, such as which trains are and aren't included or surcharges which may apply when using a pass purchased from one vendor but not another?
Are some of these sites known scams that send expensive but worthless paper?