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The JR East Nagano Niigata Area 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 Greater Tokyo area, in Nagano and Niigata prefectures and in the Shonai Region of Yamagata Prefecture on five days of your choice within a 14 day period.

Purchase the JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass

JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass
If purchased online or outside Japan
If purchased inside Japan
17,000 yen
18,000 yen
Reduced rates (50% off) apply to children aged 6-11; a green car version is not available.

Below is a simplified map of train lines that can be used with the JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass:


  1. Unlimited use of trains operated by JR East in the Kanto (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi and Ibaraki Prefectures) and Koshinetsu (Yamanashi, Nagano and Niigata Prefectures) regions plus the Shonai Region of Yamagata Prefecture and the Izu Peninsula. The pass is also valid on the Tokyo Monorail between central Tokyo and 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 some "liner" trains). The Hokuriku Shinkansen is covered as far as Joetsu Myoko Station.
  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 non-JR train lines can also be used with the JR East Nagano Niigata Area 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 between Naoetsu and Arai on the Echigo Tokimeki Railway
    • Tokyo Monorail between central Tokyo and Haneda Airport
  4. Seat reservations can be made for free.
  5. Pass holders are eligible to purchase a special, discounted round trip ticket for the bus between Matsumoto and Takayama for only 4500 yen. The optional ticket is available at Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Tokyo Station and Matsumoto Bus Terminal.

  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 Nagano Niigata Area Pass. It cannot be used by residents of Japan.

Points of Sale

The JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass can be purchased via the internet, at selected travel agents outside of Japan and at major railway stations or airports in the area covered. If purchased online or outside of Japan, a voucher will be initially issued that has to be exchanged to the actual pass after arrival in Japan at a major station or airport in the area covered. If purchasing the pass inside of Japan, the cost is slightly higher, and there is a limit of one purchase per person and stay. There is no such limit otherwise.

Purchase the JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass


The JR East Nagano Niigata Area Pass can be a good value for those visiting Nagano, Niigata or the Shonai Region of Yamagata Prefecture (e.g. Dewa Sanzan) from Tokyo. For example, it already pays off for a single round trip between Tokyo and Niigata.

Page last updated: November 22, 2015