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Japan Rail Pass Are you eligible?

A Japan Rail Pass is sadly not for everyone and JR Group have set a few requirements, most visa requirements on who’s eligible to puchase and use a Japan Rail Pass. JR Group wont see between the fingers and are very strict regarding their conditions, which are ment to be followed.

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Who is NOT eligible for a Japan Rail Pass?

  • Visitors on a student visa
  • Permanent residency visa
  • Long term visa for more than 90 days
  • Working holiday visa
  • Military visa
  • Entertainer visa
  • Tokubetsu Eijuken holders


Please note that your Japan Rail Pass will not be accepted and you will not be able to exchange it in Japan if you have a visa other than a temporary visitor visa for the purpose of sightseeing or if you are a Japanese citizen who has been living abroad for more than 10 years and can provide a certificate from your local embassy confirming your residency. This certificate must be obtained before ordering your Japan Rail Pass.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding your visa type. You can send us an email or visit our question form for faster help.

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Japanese citizen? Look here!

You are required to bring one of the following along with your Japan Rail Pass and passport during the MCO exhange in Japan.

  • Copy of your Overseas Residential Registration (在留届の写し) 
  • Certificate of Overseas Residence (在留証明書)
  • Permanent Resident Card (永住カード)


Please note that you will require a certificate to exchange your MCO in Japan. The overseas residence certificate and residential registration must be issued before you order your Japan Rail Pass and not more than 6 months old when you exchange your MCO for a JR Pass in Japan. Kindly keep this in mind to avoid any inconvenience.

Japanese children below the age of 12

It is mandatory to register children under the age of 12 in a family Overseas Residential Registration if they have lived abroad their entire life or for at least 10 consecutive years. Additionally, the Japan Rail Pass can only be used by a child in the company of an adult.

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