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Rail pass for working holiday visa 2019/11/11 19:52
I am doing a working holiday in Japan from December 6th to May 6th. I have been looking into rail passes, since i plan on doing a lot of travelling around, and noticed that a lot of the passes are not available for "residents of Japan". Does this apply to people on a working holiday?

If it does apply, is any passes that would help with travelling around the country a lot. That last longer then a few days? I was wondering what kind of passes everyday train users in Japan use.

Anyways thanks for any responses and help.
by Jarrod W  

Re: Rail pass for working holiday visa 2019/11/12 06:51
Yes, "not available to residents" applies to WH visa holders as well.

There are many passes that are available to everyone, but they are mostly regional/local ones, so we would need to know your intended destinations to make recommendations. The only nationwide one AFAIK is the Seishun 18, with all its caveats.
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Re: Rail pass for working holiday visa 2019/11/12 07:08
I don't expect rail passes to save much money for an extended stay like yours anyway. I would look into bus travel for medium distances, and discount air for long distances if you want to save a little over rail.

by TW (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Rail pass for working holiday visa 2019/11/12 07:21
For the Tokyo area (Kanto), you can still take full advantage of the Tokyo Wide Pass as well as Greater Tokyo Pass.
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2361_06.html
https://greater-tokyo-pass.jp/
While not covering nationwide, there are over 3 dozen good day trips you can take from Tokyo. The low cost carriers can also take you around the country for very little, if you pick some of their lower fare flights.
http://www.jetstar.com/jp/en/home
http://www.flypeach.com/pc/en
https://www.vanilla-air.com/en/

And you don't have to stay within Japan either - there are some amazing cheap fares to Korea, Taiwan, etc.
by Ken (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Rail pass for working holiday visa 2019/11/12 08:06
I was wondering what kind of passes everyday train users in Japan use.
Most would use something like a monthly commuter pass for every day travel as it provides a discount on a specified route (say home/work) if you are doing it five days/week..
Other than a few options that simply require a foreign passport (Tokyo Wide pass or the N'Ex return trip ticket) I don't get passes for my travelling as most of the useful ones are not available to residents, including people on a WH visa. I use some careful planning and taking advantage of the limited discounts available to slightly lower my train costs (personally I probably spend abut 500k/yr). For my next trip I'm flying to/from Kyushu because it is a lot cheaper, but then just full-fare around the three cities I'm visiting.
by JapanCustomTours rate this post as useful

Re: Rail pass for working holiday visa 2019/11/12 08:43
@JCT JR East has a pretty extensive collection of local passes that easily make for significant savings over regular tickets when you're visiting a particular area. Take the Aomori Holiday Pass (あおもりホリデーパス) for example; at 2,520 it already pays off for a one-way Hachinohe-Shimokita, so you get your return Shimokita-Hirosaki or wherever for free.

Or for slightly longer trips, say a weekend around Sendai from Tokyo, you have the Weekend Pass (週末パス). It saves you over 3,000 yen on your Tokyo-Sendai round-trip, and then you get your side trips to Matsushima or Yamadera or wherever for free. (Of course for rock-bottom prices you'll take buses, but you'll pay for it with your time.)

JR Kyushu has some too.
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