Travelling by train is an excellent option for tourists making their way around Japan. Efficient, safe, clean and comfortable, trains in Japan run almost anywhere via the extensive rail network that spreads across the country. Whether visitors are being whisked through the countryside on sleek Shinkansen bullet trains or winding their way through mountain valleys aboard scenic railways, they can expect train service to be punctual, frequent, and dependable.
THE ALL JAPAN RAIL PASS
The ALL JAPAN RAIL PASS offers overseas travellers excellent value and convenience, allowing the passholder unlimited travel on almost* all JR lines as well as many JR buses and ferries and is valid for all regions of Japan. The All Japan Rail Pass is available for 7, 14, and 21-day periods. The ‘All Japan Rail Pass’ and must be purchased outside of Japan.
JR Rail Pass can now be purchased in Japan, but only from the following places:
JR Stations: Sapporo, Sendai, Niigata, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Takamatsu, Hakata
Airports: New Chitose Airport, Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Kansai Airport
Buying the JR Rail Pass in Japan is approximately 13% more expensive (33,000 JPY vs 29,110 JPY when buying online, in advance).
The JR Passes are only available to sightseeing visitors to Japan.
*The pass cannot be used on the superexpress, called Nozomi.
Where to purchase a JR Pass Exchange Order in Canada
The ‘All Japan Rail Pass’ must be purchased outside of Japan. It is necessary to purchase an Exchange Order before your departure. After entering Japan, you will have to obtain your JR Pass by submiting your Exchange Order at a JR office or designated Rail Station. In Canada, you can purchase a JR Pass by contacting your travel agent or one of the following travel agents or tour operators:
Authorized Sales Outlets for the JR Pass Exchange Order in Canada
(Click here for details)
|Alberta||Nippon Travel Ltd. (Calgary)||#118, 1111-6th Ave. S.W.|
Calgary, AB, T2P 5M5
|British Columbia||H.I.S. Canada Inc. Vancouver||636 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2G2||604-685-3524|
|Jade Tours (Vancouver)||Suite 202, 139 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X3||604-689-5885|
|JTB International (Canada) Ltd.||Suite Lower Arcade, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia St.|
Vancouver B.C. V6C 2W6
|Kintetsu International Express (Canada) Inc. Vancouver||1140 West Pender Street, Suite 910, Vancouver, BC V6E 4G1||604-638-9400
|Nippon Travel Agency Canada Vancouver Branch Office||#370, 1199 West Pender St., Vancouver, BC, V6E 2R1||604-662-8002|
|Silk Holidays||8899 Odlin Crescent, Richmond, B.C. V6X 3Z7||604-248-5000|
|Ontario||Carlson Wagonlit Travel||147 Liberty Street, Toronto, ON M6K 3G3||416-595-9960|
|Elite Orient Tours Inc.||#4-112 Elizabeth Street|
Toronto, ON M5G 1P5
|H.I.S. Canada Inc Toronto||G52-123 Queen St. West, Toronto ON M5H 3M9||416-216-0937|
|IACE Travel Toronto||407-1240 Bay St. Toronto,ON M5R 2A7||416-324-9101|
|Jade Tours||Unit 403, 1650 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada L4S 0B2||905-787-9288|
|JTB International (Canada) Ltd.||5775 Yonge Street, Suite 600, Toronto, Ontario M2M 4J1||416-367-5824|
|Kintetsu International Express (Canada) Inc. Toronto||1450 Meyerside Drive, Suite 305|
Mississauga, ON L5T 2N5
|Quebec||ACP Marketing||8375 Bougainville, Suite 100, Montréal, QC H4P 2G5||514-733-5247|
|Jade Tours (Montreal)||104 De La Gauchetiere West Montreal, QC H2Z 1C3||514 861 3497
Japan Rail Pass Exchange Offices (in Japan)
You cannot use an Exchange Order when you travel on JR lines. Turn in your Exchange Order and obtain your JAPAN RAIL PASS at one of the JAPAN RAIL PASS exchange offices listed here. (Please note the service hours and holidays.)
For more information about the ALL JAPAN RAIL PASS
Regional Japan Rail Passes
There are also REGIONAL JAPAN RAIL PASSES which offer the passholder unlimited travel on most* JR lines within specific regions of Japan. Regional JR Passes can be purchased in Japan.
For information on how to reserve seats with your JR Pass in Japan, please click here.
For a PDF map of the major Japan Rail routes click here.
JR Timetables and Fares
In addition, digital timetables, routes, and fare searches are available here.
Subway lines are available in all major cities, and provide prompt, efficient transportation. The JR Yamanote-sen loop line in Tokyo and the Osaka Kanjo-sen loop line both circle the centre of their respective cities. In Tokyo, JR rates start from 130 Japanese yen, subway fares at 160 Japanese yen for Tokyo Metro and Toei (Metropolitan) lines, and both increase with the distance traveled. Almost all stations have vending machines for tickets and automatic ticket-checking machines at their entrance/exit gates.
Fukuoka Subway Network
Kobe Subway Network (Japanese only)
Kyoto Subway Network
Nagoya Subway Network
Osaka Subway Network
Sapporo Subway Network
Sendai Subway Network
Tokyo Subway Network (Tokyo Metro Lines)
Tokyo Subway Network (Toei Lines)
Yokohama Subway Network