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JR East Pass for Foreign-Passport Holders

Cheaper travel is coming your way!

Rejoice, foreign travel-lovers living in Japan! The long-coveted JR East passes that were once only available to those on limited visas visiting Japan are now becoming available to non-Japanese passport-holders starting in April 2021.

No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. Beginning from April 1st, 2021, JR East is making two of the most popular passes available to anyone—regardless of residency status—as long as they hold a foreign passport. These passes have long been available only to visitors on short-term stays. These changes come just in time to take advantage of the savings during the Golden Week holiday.

The two passes that will be debuting for foreign-passport holders will be the Tohoku area pass and the Nagano/ Niigata area pass. Those who snag a pass can enjoy unlimited rides for the pass’s region of operation over a five-day period. Local JR trains, as well as rapid, limited-express, shinkansen, and JR bus services, are all included!

Pass Details

The Tohoku area pass

Cost: ¥20,000 adults/ ¥10,000 children

5-day travel in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Miyagi, Fukushima, Yamagata, Akita, Iwate, and Aomori

Nagano/ Niigata area pass

Cost: ¥18,000 adults/ ¥9,000 children

5-day travel in Niigata and Nagano

Purchase the JR East passes from April 1st, 2021 at any JR East Travel Service Center or online via the official website.

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Sander van Werkhoven 2 years ago
Too bad it's now for 5 consecutive days instead of 5 days within a 10 or 14 day period. So while great for foreign residents, tourist actually loose a flexibility (and therefore value) compared to the old situation. And it's not like that's compensated by a lower price. I'm not too happy with this change....

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