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(1) Transportation services

The JAPAN RAIL PASS is valid for the railways, buses, and ferry boats shown in this Table.

Railways: All JR Group Railways-Shinkansen"bullet trains" (except any reserved or non-reserved seat on "NOZOMI" trains), limited express trains, express trains, and rapid or local trains. (With some exceptions)

JR Bus Companies: 
Local lines of JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus, West Japan JR Bus , Chugoku JR Bus, and JR Kyushu Bus.

JR Bus Divisions: 
Local bus lines of JR Shikoku 

JR Highway Bus Lines: 
Sapporo-Otaru; Morioka-Hirosaki/Aomori/Towadako;Tokyo-Shizuoka/Hamamatsu/Okazaki/Toyota/Nagoya/Kyoto/Osaka/Tsukuba Center;Nagoya-Kyoto/Osaka;Osaka-Tsuyama Car Shed/Kasai Flower Center


Only the JR Miyajima ferry is covered.
The JR Hakata-Pusan (Korea) ferry is not covered.


The JAPAN RAIL PASS is not valid for "NOZOMI" Shinkansen trains. If you use a "NOZOMI," you must pay the ordinary fare and the limited express charge, and if in a Green car, the Green car charge.

When the JAPAN RAIL PASS is used on JR trains that run through non-JR lines, fares and charges for the sections travelled on such lines must be paid to the private railway company concerned. Please pay these on the train or at a station on the said company’s line.

(2) Train accommodations

  • Most JR trains have Ordinary Cars (coach class) while many long-distance trains also offer Green Cars (superior class). With a Green-type JAPAN RAIL PASS you can use either class, while with an Ordinary-type JAPAN RAIL PASS you can use only Ordinary Cars without paying an additional charge. Refer to the table below for details.
  • The cars with can be used with JAPAN RAIL PASS.
  • Use of the cars with requires paying additional charges.
  • There are no Green Cars on most HIKARI and KODAMA trains on the Sanyo Shinkansen line (Shin-Osaka/Hakata), or on TSUBAME trains on the Kyushu Shinkansen line(Shin-Yatsushiro - Kagoshima- chuo)

Trains Accomodations Green Ordinary
NOZOMI trains* on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen

Green Car


Ordinary Car

HIKARI and KODAMA trains on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinknasen and any trains on the Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Joetsu, Nagano and Kyushu Shinkansen  

Green Car

Ordinary Car
Ordinary private compartment
 Limited express and ordinary express Green Car
Ordinary Car
Green private compartment
Ordinary private compartment
Sleeping car
Local and rapid trains Green Car
Ordinary Car


  • If you use a DX Green on Relay TSUBAME train (operated by JR Kyushu), you must pay the limited express charge in addition to the DX Green charge.
  • Private Compartments are available on some of “HIKARI” and “KODAMA” trains on the Sanyo Shinkansen.
  • Green Private Compartments are on certain limited express trains, such as NARITA EXPRESS and Super-view Odoriko.
  • Use of “Home Liner” and other “liner” trains requires an additional charge.

(3) Validity period

  • The validity period of a JAPAN RAIL PASS is the consecutive 7, 14, or 21 days beginning on the date the PASS is first used.
  • Within three months from the date the Exchange Order was issued, you must turn in your Exchange Order to obtain your JAPAN RAIL PASS. At that time, you have to specify the date that you want to start using the PASS. It can be any date within one month from the date the PASS is received.
  • Once the PASS has a starting date written on it, the date cannot be changed.