JR East Pass

The JR East Pass is a rail pass for exclusive use by foreign visitors to Japan, providing unlimited travel on JR trains (including shinkansen and limited express trains) in the Kanto, Koshinetsu and Tohoku Region on five days of your choice within a 14 day period.

Purchase the JR East Pass

JR East Pass
Type
Ordinary Car
Green Car
5 flexible days within 14 days
22,000 yen
not available
Reduced rates apply to children aged 6-11 (50% off).

Below is a map of major train lines, which can be used with the JR East Pass:

Validity

1) Unlimited use of trains operated by JR East. This includes most JR trains in the Kanto (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi and Ibaraki Prefectures), Koshinetsu (Yamanashi, Nagano and Niigata Prefectures) and Tohoku (Fukushima, Miyagi, Yamagata, Akita, Iwate and Aomori Prefectures) regions. The pass is also valid on the Tokyo Monorail which connects central Tokyo with Haneda Airport.
2) In the designated area, you can use all types of JR East trains, including shinkansen (except Tokaido Shinkansen, which is operated by JR Central), limited express trains and local trains (except "liner" and "home liner" trains). The Hokuriku Shinkansen is covered as far as Joetsu Myoko Station. The BRT buses along the Sanriku Coast are also covered.
3) There are a small number of JR trains, which partially run on the tracks of different railway companies. When riding along a non-JR owned section, pass holders will have to pay the fare for the non-JR section on board of the train or at the station. Only the following five non-JR train lines can also be used with the JR East Pass (but not with the nationwide Japan Rail Pass):
  • Limited express trains between Shinjuku and Tobu-Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen and local trains between Tobu-Nikko, Shimo-Imaichi and Kinugawa Onsen
  • All trains along the Izukyu Line between Ito and Izukyu-Shimoda on the Izu Peninsula
  • All trains along the Hokuhoku Line between Echigo-Yuzawa and Naoetsu
  • All trains along the Iwate Ginga Railway and Aoimori Railway between Morioka and Aomori
  • All trains between Sendai and Sendai Airport
  • All trains between Naoetsu and Arai on the Echigo Tokimeki Railway
4) Seat reservations can be made for free. However, the pass does not cover the cost of berths and private rooms on night trains. If you use them, nevertheless, you will have to pay the cost for the berth or private room plus the express supplement fee.
5) JR East Pass holders are eligible for a massively discounted round trip bus ticket (2500 yen instead of 5660 yen) between Matsumoto and Takayama. The discount ticket can be purchased by pass holders only at Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Tokyo Station and the bus terminals in Takayama and Matsumoto.
6) The pass is valid on five days of your choice within a 14-day period. The 14-day period starts on the day the pass is issued. The validity of the passes is based on calendar days (midnight to midnight) as opposed to 24-hour periods. The dates of use do not need to be determined in advance.
7) Only foreign visitors to Japan (on a temporary visitor visa) can use the JR East Pass. It cannot be used by residents of Japan.

Points of Sale

The JR East Pass is on sale inside and outside of Japan. Outside of Japan, it can be purchased through travel agents or via the internet. If purchased outside of Japan or online, you will be issued with a voucher that has to be exchanged to the actual pass at one of multiple designated exchange offices in Japan (major JR stations in the JR East service area, including Tokyo and Narita Airport and the monorail station at Haneda Airport).

Inside Japan, the pass is available at major JR railway stations in the service area of JR East, including Tokyo and Narita Airport and the monorail station at Haneda Airport.

Purchase the JR East Pass

Assessment

The JR East Pass is one of the most cost effective rail passes available. At 22,000 yen, it costs about the same as regular tickets for a single shinkansen round trip between Tokyo and Sendai.

Last updated: March 14, 2015
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