The Japan Rail Pass, also called the JR Pass, is a rail pass only available for overseas visitors sold by the Japan Railways Group, and is valid for travel on all major forms of transportation provided by the JR Group in Japan. It includes all JR trains (shinkansen “bullet trains” except “NOZOMI” and “MIZUHO” services, limited express trains, express trains and rapid or local trains)*, JR bus company local lines (JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus, West Japan JR Bus, Chugoku JR Bus, JR Kyushu Bus) and the JR Miyajima ferry.
The Rail Pass is sold by the JR Group, it is obtained by first purchasing an Exchange Order, either online or through travel agents in your home country. The exchange order can also be purchased from Japan-based airlines such as Japan Airlines or All Nippon Airways. Please note that the Exchange Order cannot be obtained in Japan.
The Exchange Order itself cannot be used for travel, and must be exchanged at a JR Midori no Madoguchi ticket office
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