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JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

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  • Enjoy majestic mountains, lakes, and hot springs of the Tohuku region with a JR East rail pass.
  • Gain access to reserved and non-reserved for 5 consecutive days and take this chance to ride the Shinkansen, a high-speed bullet train.
  • Enjoy railway lines from the Narita Airport and Haneda Airport and don’t worry about transporting yourself from the airport.
  • Discover all that Japan has to offer with a visit to Aomori for beautiful mountains and take in the cherry blossoms with a stop at Iwate.
  • Unwind on your trip with a relaxing onsen at Fukushima and test your taste buds with Miyagi’s specialized cuisine.

Inclusions

  • 5-day JR EAST PASS
  • Access to reserved and non-reserved seats on Shinkansen, limited express, local trains and rapid bus transfers.
  • This pass is only available for non-japanese passport holders.
  • Please bring along your passport and e-ticket.
  • The name, country of residence, and passport numbers entered when booking must be an exact match to the passports used when boarding.
  • Click here for a detailed route map.
  • These tickets can’t be cancelled. However, you can use them any time within the next 3 months.
  • These tickets are valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.
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JR East Pass: Nagano & Niigata or Tohuko

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¥27,000
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Instant Confirmation
Mobile Ticket
Flexible Duration
Highlights
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Need to Know
How to use
Cancellation Policy
  • Here's your pocket-friendly 5-day rail pass to soak in the charms of Japan's eastern regions: Tohoku or Nagano + Niigata, starting from Narita/Haneda Airport.
  • Exclusive to tourists, this pass offers unlimited access to top-notch railway networks including the Narita Express, the Izu Kyuko lines, and the Shinkansen.
  • Choose between rail passes for equally stunning regions: the northeastern region of Tohoku or the Nagano and Niigata areas for your 5-day adventure.

Inclusions

  • Unlimited access to select rail lines in:
  • Nagano and Niigata areas or Tohoku area
  • Either pass is valid for 5 consecutive days
  • Please click here to find the detailed map and route.
  • Tip: Have your itinerary on you so the staff can help you board the trains seamlessly.
  • This pass is exclusive to non-Japanese passport holders and restricted to one per person.
  • Please click here to find the detailed route map.
  • Please carry your passport and receipt of the voucher while using this pass.
  • You can use the pass for 5 consecutive days once activated.
  • You'll have to reserve your seats. You can collect reserved seats at the ticket office (at the station) by showing your JR Pass. You can also skip ticketing lines and collect your tickets at the reserved seat ticket machine.
  • These tickets can’t be cancelled. However, you can use them any time within the next 3 months.
  • These tickets are valid for 3 months from the date of purchase.
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The JR East Pass offers a seamless and cost-effective travel solution for non-Japanese passport holders looking to explore the enchanting destinations of Eastern Japan. With unrestricted access to JR trains in the region, including captivating spots like Lake Tazawa, Geibikei Gorge, Matsushima, Ashikaga Flower Park, and beyond, travelers can discover the rich culture, scenic natural beauty, and bustling city life of Eastern Japan.

Why Get a JR East Pass?

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  • Unlimited Travel: Explore Eastern Japan freely with unlimited rides on JR trains.
  • Cost-Effective: Save by paying once instead of buying individual tickets for long journeys. For example, you can save up to ¥6,310 when you buy a JR East Pass for the Tohoku Area instead of purchasing individual tickets.
  • Easy Landmark Access: Reach iconic places like Lake Tazawa and Matsushima effortlessly.
  • Hassle-Free Journey: Simplify travel logistics without constant ticket purchases.
  • Flexibility: Choose fixed or flexible pass options based on your itinerary.
  • Special Trains: Access Narita Express and high-speed Shinkansen for swift city-to-city travel.
  • Extra Perks: Enjoy discounts on attractions, shopping, and dining for budget-friendly exploration.
  • Regional Passes: Use the JR East Pass to access regional passes, expanding your exploration to Tohoku, Nagano, and Niigata regions.
  • On-Board Facilities: Enjoy modern amenities like Wi-Fi, comfortable seating, and clean restrooms on JR trains.
  • Seat Reservations: Secure seats for free during peak travel periods, ensuring a comfortable journey.

Your JR East Pass Options Explained

Tohoku Area Pass
Nagano-Niigata Area Pass
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Japan Rail East Pass - Nagano, Niigata Area

Eligibility & Availability for JR East Pass

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  • Eligibility and Visa Requirements: The JR East Pass is exclusively available to non-Japanese passport holders and travelers must possess a "Temporary Visitor" visa status to be eligible for the pass.
  • Child Travel: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 can receive a discounted pass, while those aged 5 and under can travel for free if they do not occupy a seat. However, children must travel with an adult pass holder.
  • Availability and Voucher to Pass Conversion: The pass can be purchased outside Japan and is obtained as an exchange order (voucher). After arriving in Japan, voucher holders must convert it into the actual JR East Pass at designated JR East offices or specific exchange counters in major railway stations.
  • Economy Travel and Reservations: The JR East Pass allows unlimited travel in standard-class cars, providing an economical means of exploring Eastern Japan. Seat reservations are available for free on most JR East trains, ensuring a convenient way to secure seats during busy travel periods.
  • Geographical Validity: The pass covers JR East-operated trains and some buses and ferries within the designated regions, including Tokyo, Sendai, Aomori, Nagano, Niigata, and more, depending on the pass type chosen. However, it does not cover shinkansen (bullet trains) such as the Nozomi and Mizuho services.

How to Purchase & Use a Japan Rail Pass

Step 1: Purchase Online

Begin by purchasing the JR Pass online, taking advantage of the 90-day buffer period for activation.

Step 2: Arrival in Japan

Arrive in Japan with your e-voucher and explore at your own pace.

Step 3: Exchange the Voucher

Within 90 days of purchase, visit a designated JR Pass exchange office to swap your e-voucher for the JR Pass, activating it for the next 30 days.

Step 4: JR Pass Activation & Validity

Once exchanged, start using your JR Pass within 30 days to explore Japan's beauty, culture, and landmarks. Enjoy unlimited access to JR trains for convenient travel. Your pass will be valid consecutively, for the number of days you purchased it for.

What is the Best Way to Book a JR East Pass?

For a seamless travel experience in Eastern Japan, booking the JR East Pass online is highly recommended. You can conveniently reserve the pass through the official JR East website or authorized travel agencies before arriving in Japan. Online booking often offers exclusive discounts, providing excellent value for money. Additionally, it allows for easy cancellations and modifications, ensuring flexibility in travel plans. By securing the pass in advance, travelers can embark on a stress-free and budget-friendly exploration of the captivating Tohoku, Nagano, and Niigata regions with the JR East Pass.

What Can You See With a JR East Pass?

The JR East Pass allows you to view some breathtaking sites in Japan, including:  

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Tokyo

Immerse yourself in the bustling metropolis of Tokyo, exploring iconic landmarks like the historic Tokyo Imperial Palace and the futuristic Tokyo Skytree.

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Sendai

Discover the vibrant city of Sendai, known for its cultural offerings, including the Zuihoden Mausoleum and the picturesque Matsushima Bay.

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Aomori

Experience Aomori's rich culture and natural beauty, with highlights like the Nebuta Museum Wa Rasse, known for its vibrant Nebuta festival displays, and Hirosaki Castle, renowned for its stunning cherry blossom festivals.

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Nagano

Explore Nagano's snow-capped mountains and historical sites, including Zenko-ji Temple and the famous snow monkeys of Jigokudani Monkey Park.

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Niigata

Delight in Niigata's coastal charm and savor delicious seafood at the lively Pier Bandai, then embark on a journey to Sado Island to experience its traditional taiko drum performances.

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Yamagata

Explore Yamagata's serene landscapes, including the Yamadera temple complex perched on a mountainside, against a breathtaking backdrop.

Things to Know Before Purchasing a JR East Pass

  • Keep It Secure: Safeguard your pass as it can't be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Know Train Details: Learn train schedules and station info to minimize wait times.
  • Wi-Fi: Use Japan's widespread Wi-Fi for maps and schedules at train stations.
  • Luggage Consideration: Check space for large luggage on some trains and consider forwarding or a compact bag.
  • Pass Activation: Activate within 90 days of purchase, and it's valid for 30 days from activation.
  • Seat Reservations: Reserve seats for long or Shinkansen journeys, often free but with exceptions.
  • Coverage: Enjoy unlimited rides on JR trains, including Shinkansen, making exploring Eastern Japan a breeze.
  • Bus Access: Some passes include JR bus access, useful for reaching places not directly reachable by train.
  • Flexibility: Change plans easily with the JR Pass, no need for separate tickets.
  • Extra Perks: Grab discounts on attractions and special offers to enhance your journey.

Frequently Asked Questions About JR East Pass

Where can I purchase a JR East Pass?

JR East Passes can be purchased online through authorized partner or travel agencies or through the official JR East website.

Are JR East Passes available online?

Yes, you can conveniently purchase JR East Passes online.  Online booking often provides exclusive discounts, making it a cost-effective choice. Moreover, it allows for easy cancellations and modifications, granting flexibility in travel plans.

What are my different JR East Pass options?

JR East offers various pass types, including the JR East Tohoku Area Pass, Nagano-Niigata Area Pass, each providing access to different regions.

What can I do with my JR East Pass?

With a JR East Pass, you can enjoy unlimited travel on designated trains within the pass's validity, exploring Tohoku, Nagano, and Niigata regions.

How do I use a JR East Pass?

Purchase the JR East Pass before your travel, and after exchanging your pass voucher in Japan, present your JR East Pass to station staff when entering or exiting designated areas.

Are there any discounts on JR East Passes?

You can avail great discounts by booking JR East passes online. The JR East Pass also offers discounted rates for children aged 6 to 11, making it family-friendly and cost-effective.

What is the cancellation policy on JR East Passes?

JR East Passes can be refunded if the voucher exchange process has not been completed, subject to a cancellation fee.

Who can purchase a JR East Pass?

JR East Passes are exclusively available to non-Japanese passport holders with "Temporary Visitor" visa status.

What is the validity of my JR East Pass?

The JR East Pass is valid for five consecutive days from the date of first usage, post swapping the exchange voucher. 

Are there JR East Passes for infants and children?

Children aged 5 and under can travel for free if they do not occupy a seat. Children aged 6 to 11 can purchase passes at discounted rates.

Can I use my JR East Pass for first-class train seats?

JR East Passes are only valid for standard-class seats on designated trains. However, Green Car tickets (first class) can be purchased at extra cost. 

Can I modify my JR East Pass after purchase?

The validity start date cannot be changed after the pass is exchanged. However, the exchange date can be modified before the first day of validity i.e. limited modifications can be made to JR East Passes before they are collected. 

Can I take a different train even if I have a reserved seat in another train with a JR East Pass?

Yes, you can change trains within the same route and class once. Please visit the ticket counter before the departure of either of the trains to adjust your reservation.

How do I find directions to a particular train station?

Most train stations have English signage, and you can also use navigation apps like Google Maps to find directions.

Where can I find the timetable for a train station?

The train timetables are usually available at stations, and you can also check them online on the official JR-East website.