Nationwide pass that covers all regions at an affordable rate
The Japan Rail (JR) Pass Ordinary grants you access to the coach class carriages available on all JR trains. All JR carriages come with excellent reclining seats and sufficient leg space to ensure your experience on the train is a comfortable one.
Seat reservations for JR Pass Ordinary holders are not necessary but recommended, especially for groups that travel together.
Includes: Almost all JR trains nationwide (Bullet trains, limited express trains, etc.)
Duration: 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days
RM 1164 - RM 2374
Nationwide pass with access to first class carriages onboard JR trains
Travel in luxury with the JR Green pass and get additional access to the Green Car - similar to first class carriages. Experience top quality service from friendly JR staff and exceptional comfort with larger reclining seats and wider personal legroom on the Green Car, a perfect way to rest those weary legs after a long day of exploring.
Green Car seats have an integrated radio set and power outlet and passengers can indulge in small hot towels (oshibori) and refreshing beverages.
As the Green Car is usually less crowded, it is the best way to travel during peak seasons (May, August and September) when finding a seat on a desired train can be difficult.
Includes: Almost all JR trains nationwide (Bullet trains, limited express trains, etc.)
Duration: 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days
RM 1555 - RM 3275
Rail pass covering Japan’s Northern region of Hokkaido
The Hokkaido Pass is a perfect way to explore the beautiful region of Hokkaido at an affordable rate. The Hokkaido pass entitles you to free seat reservations and unlimited train rides on all JR Hokkaido trains, limited express and ordinary express trains (excluding Hokkaido Shinkansen). You will also have access to certain buses operated by JR-Hokkaido.
Includes: Sapporo, Hakodate, Furano, Kushiro, Abashiri
Duration: 3, 5, 7 consecutive days or Flexible 4 days in 10-days period
RM 660 - RM 960
Rail pass covering one of the four main Japanese island of Shikoku
The JR Shikoku Pass is an economically worthwhile pass for anyone interested in touring the region of Shikoku. The JR Shikoku Pass entitles you to free seat reservations and unlimited rides on all six JR Shikoku railways - JR Shikoku, Tosa Kuroshio Railway, Asa Kaigan Railway, Kotoden, Iyotetsu and Tosaden line. You also get special discounted rates for Nangoku Express buses and certain ferries (Nankai, Ishizaki Kisen, & Setonaikaikisen ferries), and free rides on the Iyotetsu Takashimaya Ferris Wheel!
Includes: Matsuyama, Kochi, Tokushima, Takamatsu, Imbari
Duration: 2, 3, 4 or 5 consecutive days
RM 296 - RM 400
Rail pass covering Japan’s Southwest region of Kyushu
The JR Kyushu Pass covers the entire region of Kyushu and entitles you to free seat reservations and unlimited rides on all JR Kyushu lines, Kyushu Shinkansen (Mizuho, Sakura, Tsubame) and limited express lines. Do note that the JR Kyushu Pass cannot be used for the Sanyo Shinkansen, JR Kyushu buses, B&S Miyazaki buses, the Cruise Train Seven Stars in Kyushu and the ARU RESSHA (Sweet Train).
Includes: Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Aso, Kagoshima, Beppu
Duration: 3 or 5 consecutive days
RM 340 - RM 720
Rail pass that covers the Gifu prefecture and other major cities in Japan
The Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass is a great and affordable way to travel via train around the Takayama-Hokuriku region. Get free seat reservations and unlimited rides on all JR Conventional lines. The Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass also grants you access to certain buses, the Hokuriku Shinkansen (additional fee required for seat reservation), limited express, express and rapid trains. Do note that the pass does not allow access to the Tokaido Shinkansen from Kyoto to Shin-Osaka station.
Includes: Kyoto, Osaka, Fukui, Kanazama, Toyama, Takayama, Gero, Nagoya, Shinano Omachi, Matsumoto
Duration: 5 consecutive days
Rail pass that covers the Eastern region of Japan and Southern region of Hokkaido
The JR East-South Hokkaido Pass gives you the benefit of travelling to multiple regions in Japan at a reduced cost. The JR East-South Hokkaido Pass entitles you free seat reservations and unlimited rides on the JR Hokkaido and JR East lines. The pass also grants unlimited rides on Shinkansen and limited express, express, and rapid trains. Do note that the JR East-South Hokkaido Pass is not valid for JR buses or the Tokaido Shinkansen.
Includes: Tokyo, Koriyama, Aomori, Sendai, Hakodate, Sapporo
Duration: Flexible 6 days in a 14 day period
Compilation of multiple passes covering the Western region of Japan
The JR West Pass comprises an array of different passes to suit different needs of the tourist. Note that the validity of the pass differs for each.
Includes: Include passes JR West Hiroshima - Yamaguchi Area Pass, JR West Hokuriku Area Pass, JR West Kansai Area Pass, JR West Kansai - Hiroshima Area Pass, JR West Kansai - Hokuriku Area Pass, JR West Kansai Wide Area Pass, JR West Sanyo - San’in Area Pass.
Duration: Varies based on pass chosen
RM 88 - RM 760
Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) is a personal train ticket granting you unlimited usage of JR trains during its validity. The JR Pass gives you access to most of the major Japan Railways (JR) train lines, which the exception of some of the high-speed trains such as Nozomi Shinkansen. Travellers can explore four (4) main islands in Japan with this pass.
Any non-Japanese national who visits Japan as a tourist or with a “Temporary Visitor” status is eligible.
Japanese citizens are NOT eligible for the pass, unless they are Permanent Residents of another country or married to a non-Japanese residing in another country outside of Japan. Foreigners visiting for non-tourism purposes (E.g. Work, military, diplomatic, cultural, research etc.), or holding a long-term visa (E.g. Student, instructor or work) are similarly NOT eligible for the pass.
Green Pass is equivalent to a first class cabin (also known as Green Car) on all Shinkansen and some of the fast trains. You can locate this carriage with its green clover icon on the side of the carriage. This pass lets you enjoy your journey in comfort with a large reclined seat, ample leg space, integrated radio and luggage space.
Green Pass is usually recommended for peak travel seasons (May, August and September) as they are generally less crowded than the normal carriages.
The type of passes available and suitable for you differ very much based on your itinerary.
For instance, you may consider getting Hokkaido regional passes if your trip is entirely within Hokkaido. This grants you full access to the entirety of Hokkaido for a select number of days.
Alternatively, if you intend to visit many different parts of Japan on your trip, you may wish to get the national pass as it covers the whole of the Japanese archipelago.
Children of ages 6 and below can travel for free with a pass holder, but they are not entitled to any seats. If you wish to secure a seat for your child, you will need to purchase a Child Pass.
Children ages between 6 and 11 years will require a Child Pass, while children above 12 years old will require Adult Passes.
Yes, you are able to order the JR Pass for your friend/family member so long as they meet the requirements set by Japan Railways.
Additionally, it is recommended that you only purchase the ticket for yourself to prevent confusion at the train ticket counter.
Yes you would be able to. However, please be advised that the friend/family member will have to meet the requirements for eligibility to use the JR Pass. Additionally, only he/she will be able to exchange the Exchange Order for a JR Pass at the JR Ticket Offices.
Proceed to order and indicate the name as per passport for the person you are purchasing it for, specify the collection location and date, and click on Submit.
You must be present when exchanging the Exchange Order to the JR Pass with your passport. It is not possible to activate the JR Pass on the behalf of someone else as the JR Pass office needs to verify the traveller’s passport and identity.
You can purchase them online at Travel Recommends website, at least 4 calendar day before your collection date (or departure date). It is recommended to get them online for an expedient experience.
Note: Please remember to enter your full name (as shown in your passport) at the point of booking for your JR Pass.
Japan Rail Pass Exchange Orders (EO) are delivered to you by courier service [5 days] after order. Please exchange the EO in Japan for the Japan Rail Pass
You can also choose to collect your Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order (EO) at any of the preferred booths, located across KLIA, KLIA2 or Penang. The KLIA, KLIA2 counters open 24 hours. Penang counter open 6am-11pm
Note: EO is valid for 3 months only from date of issuance.
You will need to present the Exchange Order for your JR pass at a Japan Rail Office (available in Japan airports and main train stations).
You will be requested to fill in a form with your details and the passport entry stamp at the Japan Rail Office.
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You will need to select a start date for the pass when you hand in your Exchange Order for the JR pass at the JR Ticket Office (the start date does not have to be the same date as the exchange date). The start date of the JR Pass has to be within 30 days of the exchange.
The JR Pass will be valid for the consecutive number of days from your preferred starting date.
Jimmy and his family are on holiday and arrive in Japan on 10th January. Early the next morning, they proceed to the JR Ticket Office to trade in their Exchange Orders for their 7 day JR passes. However, as they will not be using the rail services for the next three days, Jimmy decides to select the JR pass start date for 14th January. As their JR passes are only valid for a period of 7 days, their passes will expire and become invalid on 20th January.
Validity period of these Japan Rail Passes are counted in full days (midnight to midnight), and not 24-hour periods. For example, using your pass at 9am on day 1 and 8am on day 2 will be counted as two separate uses of the pass.
Note: Certain passes allow for flexibility of use within a certain number of days, i.e., 4 days of usage within a period of 6 days.
No, your pass will remain valid until you exit the final station through the ticket gates. This includes transfer of trains past midnight. However, do note that transferring to a Shinkansen, limited express or express train after midnight will incur the express supplement fee.
Unlike normal tickets, the JR Pass does not work with the automatic gates of the train station. Please show your pass to the train staff, in the glass booth next to the gate, for them to let you through.
It is not necessary to reserve a seat as you may use the non-reserved seats by showing your JR Pass. Most trains do not have reserved seats except for trains like Narita Express, which will assign a seat number to you.
If you are travelling in a group and would prefer sitting together, we suggest that you apply for seat reservations.
Kindly take note of the peak hours when you are commuting. Peak hours are usually between 0700 hours and 0900 hours, or 1800 hours and 2000 hours. Do be advised that trains can get booked out several days in advance during public holidays such as Bank Holidays.
Seat reservations are free for JR Pass holders. Simply show your JR Pass at the JR Ticket Offices (Midori-no-madoguchi) in the train stations and proceed to book.
Look out for the logo of the JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi)!
Online booking is also possible; however, take note that the websites are usually only in Japanese. The JR East Shinkansen Reservation office is the only one with an English version that allows online booking
A National Japan Rail Pass allows you to board a majority of trains that run on the JR railway network, including regional routes such as JR Kyushu, JR East, JR West, JR Center, JR Shikoku and JR Hokkaido. You will have access to local and express trains, fast bullet trains, and the 'Shinkansen' on the Hikari or Sakura lines.
The Japan Rail Pass is not valid for the following:
If the JR train uses non-JR tracks during its route, additional fares may be required for that part of the trip. Payment is done either before boarding or after boarding the train.
The Japan Rail Pass gives you access to these JR local bus lines:
JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus, JR Shikoku, West Japan JR Bus, Chugoku JR Bus, and JR Kyushu Bus.
Note: Japan Rail Pass is NOT valid for travel on express bus routes or highway buses.*Validity for particular routes is subject to change
Useful routes to note:
Samani → Erimo Misaki (Cape Erimo)
Aomori station → Aomori airport
Hachinohe/Aomori → Towada Lake
Morioka → Ryusendo
Tateyama → Awa Shirahama
Naganohara Kusatsuguchi → Kusatsu Onsen-Shirane Kazan
Yokokawa → Karuizawa
Kyoto Station → Ryoanji → Takao → Shuzan
You can also access the JR Miyajima Ferry with your JR Pass (not inclusive of the ferry to Korea).
Unfortunately, you will need to purchase a new pass again as there is no replacement for any lost or stolen passes.
There are smoking and non-smoking carriages. Please board the appropriate carriage if you wish to smoke on the train.
Absolutely! Please try out the various unique meal boxes from different regional trains. These yummy meals only cost upwards of 1,000 Yen.
Yes, you may use your phone on the train for messaging and games. Talking on the phone is forbidden while riding the train. However, you may make phone calls in the entrance sections of the Shinkansen and limited express trains.
Unused Japan Rail Pass Exchange Orders may be returned to Travel Recommends booths (KLIA, KLIA2, Penang) within 1 year from the date of purchase as long as the Exchange Order has not been turned in for a Japan Rail Pass. Stolen, damaged or misplaced Exchange Orders will not be valid for return. Do note that there will be a 20% administrative fee and a 90-day processing time.
Refunds of your Japan Rail Pass in Japan can be processed at any Japan Rail Pass office, provided that they are processed before the start date of your pass. Please note that there will be a 10% administrative fee levied for such cases. Passes cannot be refunded if the start date has passed.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquires on refunds or returns of Japan rail pass exchange order in Malaysia.