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Questions tagged [jr-passes]

A pass available from a group of six Japanese rail companies to visitors whose passports show a ‘Temporary Visitor’ stamp, and to some expatriate Japanese.

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3 weeks in Japan : should I get a 21 days or a 14 days JR? [closed]

I'm going with my girlfriend to Japan on April 29th. It is the Golden Week at that time, so we decided to stay within Tokyo at the beginning, and to go out only on the May 5th - to match the end of ...
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Recovering a lost JR Pass or exchange voucher

I will be travelling across Japan using JR Pass and have brought exchange voucher for it. But given that a hard copy of JR pass needs to be carried along, there can be a chance that we may loose JR ...
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Is JR Pass validity period inclusive?

Will I be able to board on Hikari Shinkansen at Oct, 26 daytime by my 1 week JR Pass if I activate it on Oct, 20? I'm almost sure that the answer is 'yes', but asking just to confirm - as I'm ...
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JR Pass inside Tokyo

Hi I'm going to spend 3 weeks in Japan on October, the first of them being all in Tokyo. I was thinking about buying a 14 day JR Pass and activate it only when I leave Tokyo and during my stay in ...
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Why isn't the direct route between Nagoya to Osaka covered by the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass?

It's possible to go from Nagoya to Osaka using the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass, but only by going via Kanazawa, rather than directly. As someone unfamiliar to the economics or the politics of ...
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USA/Japan dual citizen: How do I go USA > China (15 hours transit) > Japan and enter Japan with US passport?

Dual citizen of USA/Japan over the age of 22. What I want to do: Fly USA to China 15 hour layover in China (use 72 hour visa-free thingy to see Beijing) Would China care about which passport is ...
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Does a JR pass or even a regional pass make sense for Kansai?

I'll be in the Kansai region for eleven days (September 5 to 15). I'm flying in and out of Kansai International Airport, will spend a couple of days attending a conference at the Kyoto International ...
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Will I have difficulty booking seats on a JR train from Tokyo to Kyoto during Obon?

My husband and I will be in Japan (for the first time) arriving August 10 and staying through the 18th. We will spend the first 3 days in Tokyo and then will take the train to Kyoto on the 13th. I ...
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Last name is first on a JR Pass voucher

Recently I purchased a JR Pass, and the voucher came in the mail. I am an American with a first, middle, and last name. Suppose my name is Samuel Nathan Clemens, which shows up on my passport as: ...
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Can you use a JR Pass to travel between Sapporo and Tokyo?

I guess the title pretty much sums up the question. This would be my first time out of the country, and so I'm a little unexposed to things like this (and will not have anyone with me). Will a JR ...
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Hokkaido Shinkansen - Sendai with JR Pass

We are travelling from Hakodate to Fukushima (changing at Sendai) on 28th March. 1) Can somebody confirm whether our JR Pass will be valid on this date? This website http://www.jreasthokkaido.com/e/...
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First Class Japan Rail Pass on Trains Without First Class

Can I use a first class Japan Rail pass to board trains that don't have a first class carriage?
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Online seat reservations with a JR-Pass

I am planning to travel to Japan and have recently bought a JR-Pass. I am looking into making free seat reservations for some of the trains beforehand, but could not find a way to do this. I did ...
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Converting a JR-Rail Pass?

When you convert JR-Rail pass voucher to a JR-Rail pass, can you set the date or does it start from that moment? When I have a start date for the Japan Rail pass, can I start to make reservations? ...
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When does the Yufuin no mori train run?

We will be travelling to Yufuin and Beppu in Mid November and we were wondering if the Yufuin no mori train will be running then. I've seen somewhere that it is seasonal, but I can't find what that ...
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Should I buy JR Pass before traveling to Japan? [closed]

I wonder if my 12 days trip to Japan (October 2014) make it worth buying a JR Pass? Arrive to Narita Airport -> 5 Nights in Tokyo -> 1 Night in Hakone -> 1 Night in Kanazawa -> 4 Nights in Kyoto -> 1 ...
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Is a Kyushu itinerary with Japan Rail Pass + Car Rental cheaper/more convenient?

We (2 adults, 2 toddlers) are planning a trip to Kyushu in November. We are considering 7 days JR Rail passes and will likely be using one day from Osaka to Hiroshima, where we'll have one night there....
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Do you have to book the JR Rail pass outside of Japan?

I've been told by a colleague that you can only buy a Japanese Rail Pass outside of the coutry as a tourist. Is this accurate, or is it possible to purchase say, a 2-3 week one in Tokyo?