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How to Buy JRailPass from Iran? 2018/1/29 00:09
hello.
i am from Iran.
i want to travel to japan as tourist,
and i want a 7 days ordinary jrail pass.
because of my country's condition i cant buy ticket online from outside of Iran.
and i think there isnt any office for JRailPass in Iran.if i am right.
i want to know how can i buy this ticket in Iran before coming to Japan?
please help me about this issue,its important for me.
thank you.
by Mehran (guest)  

Re: How to Buy JRailPass from Iran? 2018/1/29 10:39
hello
do u ask to travel agent?
by Yuta Engineer rate this post as useful

Re: How to Buy JRailPass from Iran? 2018/1/29 11:58

If all efforts fail, you can still buy the pass in Japan:
https://www.japan-rail-pass.com/common-questions/can-i-buy-my-japan-ra...
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Re: How to Buy JRailPass from Iran? 2018/1/29 23:11
yes,i asked the agents but they cant do it for me,because its a side work for them and wouldnt know how to order it.
....

i can buy it inside Japan?
i read some itinerary that the tourists cant buy it inside japan and only outside.
if you sure we can buy it direct in JRail Offices so there is no problem for me.
thank you for help.
by Mehran (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: How to Buy JRailPass from Iran? 2018/1/29 23:24

if you sure we can buy it direct in JRail Offices so there is no problem for me.

You need to pay more, and when are you visiting? Read all the information carefully.
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Re: How to Buy JRailPass from Iran? 2018/1/30 00:34
yes,but what can i do?
if i found an agent to order it for me,they charge more money for sure.(around same 4000yen i think)
and i want to travel around 8 march.
is there a problem about it?
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if there is a better way i will be glad to hear it.
by Mehran (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: How to Buy JRailPass from Iran? 2018/1/30 00:59
Yes, I think your best option is to go to a main JR travel center when you arrive to Japan and purchase the pass.

I would recommend you use a site like Hyperdia.com to calculate the regular cost of the train trips you plan to make and be sure that the JR pass will save you money. Also keep in mind the schedule to ensure it matches the pass duration. This is especially true if paying the ~10% extra for purchase of the pass in Japan.

by Me2 (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: How to Buy JRailPass from Iran? 2018/1/30 01:25
Hi

You say you want to travel around the 8th March. Do you have a visa already? The process for Iranian nationals may be quite time consuming and require a variety of documents so I would urge you to arrange your visa asap and then worry about the JRP...
by Saru Bob rate this post as useful

Re: How to Buy JRailPass from Iran? 2018/1/30 01:35

There are other JR regional passes you can purchase upon arrival. I would suggest you mention your itinerary, so the "members" in this forum would be able to assist you further.
by . (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: How to Buy JRailPass from Iran? 2018/1/30 01:38

The Japan Rail Pass is sold in a very limited number of stations :
Sapporo, Sendai, Niigata, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Takamatsu, Hakata

And in the Airport listed bellow :
New Chitose Airport, Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Kansai Airport
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Re: How to Buy JRailPass from Iran? 2018/1/31 06:16
first,thank you so much for help.

about itinerary;
4days in Tokyo and then go to Kyoto for staying and visiting Nara,Osaka and probably Hiroshima and Miyaji island.
i think its better to get the JRpass,right?
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yes,im sure it is so hard for me to get Japan visa in this shortage of time and because of the bad rate of currency maybe i change the date to april-may...
so then i cant buy JRP at that time,am i correct?

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so if my travel changes to april-may,what can i do and what do you recommand for me?
by Mehran (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: your itinerary and transportation 2018/2/1 04:13
4days in Tokyo and then go to Kyoto for staying and visiting Nara,Osaka and probably Hiroshima and Miyaji island.

So, you will fly out from Kansai Airport [KIX]?
Will you fly into Narita [NRT]or maybe Tokyo Haneda [HND]?

When you plan to visit also Hiroshima City and Miyajima Island,
I suggest you make a combination of JR regular tickets to go to Kyoto
(available at 13400 to 13800 yen, for a Shinkansen Hikari train ride with your seat reserved)
and a JR-West (5-day) Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass
(available at 13500 yen when ordered outside Japan) for your trips in western Japan.
The sum of the prices is 26900 to 27300 yen, a little less than the price 29110 yen of a 7-day Ordinary-Class Japan Rail Pass to be applied when it is ordered outside Japan.
(Here a fluctuation in the currency exchange rate is not considered.)

This JR-West pass can be booked in advance via the website then purchased in Kyoto Station, at the JR Ticket Office near Central Gate of the non-Shinkansen zone.
- JR-West Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass
http://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/ticket/pass/kansai_hiroshima/

When you take this option,
you don't have to struggle for your rail pass before your arrival,
neither to try to pack your major JR train rides within 7 consecutive days;
also, unlike the Japan Rail Pass, this JR-West pass allows you to take Shinkansen Nozomi and Mizuho trains between Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima.

A possible demerit is that a JR-West pass is not valid on the Shinkansen section Kyoto -- Shin-Osaka, which is operated by JR Central, not JR West.
You can take a Special Rapid train (on the JR Kyoto Line) to go between Kyoto and Shin-Osaka or Osaka.
Shinkansen is available at Shin-Osaka Station, but not at Osaka Station.

maybe i change the date to April-May...

In that case, please pay attention to the Golden Week holiday season, which in 2018 will be from 28 April until 6 May; popular tourist spots may be much crowded with visitors.
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2282.html
by omotenashi rate this post as useful

Re: How to Buy JRailPass from Iran? 2018/2/1 05:58
that was a good question,i will go back to Tokyo from Kyoto for flying out that means i need a 2way ticket
for 26000yen just for traveling between Tokyo and Kyoto.right?
and i want to visit Nara and Osaka for sure.then if our staying time be allright i go to Hiroshima and Miyajima.
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that was a great guide for itinerary transportation. i will use that without a doubt.
but what about the flight?my flight for in and out is Narita.
that will change the plan for sure and i think i can use the JRP for metro and around the Tokyo & Kyoto,right?
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golden week?
i didnt know about that,the prices will go high and everywhere is crowded in that time?
but let me ask about this,is the march better or may-april for tourists?when i say better i mean the weather and sight seeing.
and i love to be in Tokyo for anime fair but unfortunately its in our new year holiday.
by Mehran (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: your itinerary and transportation (2) 2018/2/3 12:17
Oh, your arrival and departure will be both at Narita Airport.

In a case where you make all your trips
(to Tokyo, Kyoto City, Nara City, Osaka City, Hiroshima City and Miyajima Island)
within 7 consecutive calendar days,
a 7-day Japan Rail Pass could be a good deal,
but that would be too tight....

Narita Airport and Tokyo's Ginza area are connected by low cost bus.
- The Access Narita
http://accessnarita.jp/en/home/#timetable-title-3386

ANA is offering to foreign visitors discount prices for its domestic flights.
- ANA: Experience JAPAN Fare
https://www.ana.co.jp/en/us/promotions/share/experience_jp/

With these two options considered,
the total cost on major legs
(from (A) to (J) shown in the next response)
is estimated at around 34000 yen.

Merits of making this combination are
that you can save cost (and maybe time) to go between Tokyo and Osaka
and that you can have much time for your Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto trips before you begin to use your JR pass.

(From Tokyo you can make a round trip to Hakone to see Mount Fuji;
the additional cost is estimated at 4000 to 7000 yen.)

let me ask about this,is the march better or may-april for tourists?

It is difficult to answer this question simply.

Generally it is warmer in the Golden Week season,
which may be a merit over early March.

In early March tourism is not likely to be very busy,
which may be a merit over the Golden Week season.
by omotenashi rate this post as useful

Re: your itinerary and transportation (3) 2018/2/3 12:22
[Simulation of transportation modes and cost]

Total (from (A) to (J)): Around 34000 yen.

(A) 1000 yen:
From Narita Airport [NRT] to Ginza Station (in Tokyo)
by the Access Narita bus.

(B) About 800 yen:
From Ginza Station to the subway station close to your hotel;
from that subway station to Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal Station.

(C) About 8000 yen:
From Tokyo Haneda [HND] to Osaka Itami [ITM]
by ANA flight with "Experience JAPAN Fare" applied.

(D) 420 yen:
From Osaka Airport by Osaka Monorail until Hotarugaike
then by Hankyu to Umeda (in Osaka City).

(E) 400 yen:
From Umeda to Karasuma (in Kyoto City) by Hankyu.

(F) 13500 yen on JR-West (5-day) Kansai-Hiroshima Area Pass
: From Kyoto to Nara then back by JR Nara Line.
: From Kyoto by JR Kyoto Line until Shin-Osaka
then by JR Sanyo Shinkansen to Hiroshima.
: From Hiroshima by JR Sanyo Line to Miyajimaguchi.
: From Miyajimaguchi to Miyajima then back
by JR West Miyajima Ferry.
: From Miyajimaguchi by JR Sanyo Line until Hiroshima
then by JR Sanyo Shinkansen to Shin-Osaka
then by JR Kobe Line (#) to Osaka.

# : While strictly this section is a part of JR Kyoto Line,
for distinction from the other part for Kyoto,
"JR Kobe Line" is used in the announcement in Shin-Osaka Station.

(G) 420 yen:
From Umeda by Hankyu until Hotarugaike
then by Osaka Monorail to Osaka Airport.

(H) About 8000 yen:
From Osaka Itami [ITM] to Tokyo Haneda [HND] by ANA flight
with "Experience JAPAN Fare" applied.

(I) About 800 yen:
From Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal Station
to the subway station close to your hotel;
from that subway station to Ginza Station.

(J) 1000 yen:
From Ginza Station to Narita Airport [NRT]
by the Access Narita bus.
by omotenashi rate this post as useful

Re: How to Buy JRailPass from Iran? 2018/2/4 20:14
so in total its better to get the JRP ticket.
but if under the bad circumstances that the ticket becomes unavailable for me its better to use this transportation for my itinerary,right?

that was a complete guide.and that ANA flight,you mentioned,is awesome.thank you
sorry it wont get complicated in my tight itinerary? i need to use that carefully.
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i think i go in golden week or before or after that,i choose warm weather over cold.
and thank you again for these useful information,i like to ask question in this forum,thank you.
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