The valid period for the JR EAST PASS SPECIAL ended on Sunday, June 30, 2013. We would like to thank all the people who participated! Watch for our next JR EAST PASS SPECIAL on this Website. We hope you will join us then.
For travel in the Eastern Japan area, the JR EAST PASS is a great convenience. We hope you will enjoy it.
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JR EAST PASS SPECIAL: Valid Period: Monday, April 1 to Sunday, June 30, 2013 | The best pass to enjoy rail travel in Eastern Japan.

Sales Dates

Location Dates
Overseas Friday, March 1 to Friday, June 14, 2013
In Japan Monday, April 1 to Friday, June 21, 2013

Note: Exchange Orders purchased overseas or online must be redeemed between Monday, April 1 and Friday, June 21, 2013.

Advance Purchases from Outside Japan

An Exchange Order for the JR EAST PASS SPECIAL may be purchased outside Japan through a travel agent or online.

Purchasing through an Agent

Step 1: Purchase an Exchange Order, Step 2: Exchange for a pass in Japan, Step 3: Enjoy for any three days

  • Step 1. Purchase an Exchange Order from a travel agent. Exchange Orders are available from travel agents with a computerized global distribution system (GDS)*.
  • Step 2. After you arrive in Japan, take your Exchange Order to an exchange location. Your passport is required. You will receive your JR EAST PASS SPECIAL after confirmation of eligibility.
    Click here for a list of exchange locations
    Note: Exchange Orders purchased overseas must be redeemed between Monday, April 1 and Friday, June 21, 2013.
  • Step 3. The JR EAST PASS SPECIAL is valid for 10 days from the day you receive it, and can be used on your choice of any three of those 10 days.

*GDS is a computerized way for travel agents to make reservations and issue tickets.

For Travel Agents
When selling an Exchange Order with GDS (global distribution system), enter "9B" as the carrier code, "XZJ" for the departure, and "XZP" for the arrival.
GDS that can issue passes: Amadeus, Abacus, Sabre, Galileo, Apollo, WorldSpan, Topas
For further information on Exchange Order sales refer to the AccesRail sales manual.

Purchasing Online

Step 1: Purchase an Exchange Order online, Step 2: Receive the Exchange Order by e-mail, Step 3: Exchange for a pass in Japan, Step 4: Enjoy for any three days

  • Step 1. Purchase an Exchange Order on the JR East Website.ACPRail International
  • Step 2. Your Exchange Order will be sent to your e-mail address.
  • Step 3. After you arrive in Japan, take the printout of the Exchange Order sent by e-mail to a designated exchange location. Your passport is required. You will receive your JR EAST PASS SPECIAL after confirmation of eligibility.
    Click here for a list of exchange locations
    Note: Exchange Orders purchased online must be redeemed between Monday, April 1 and Friday, June 21, 2013.
  • Step 4. The JR EAST PASS SPECIAL is valid for 10 days from the day you receive it, and can be used on your choice of any three of those 10 days.

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Notes

Your Exchange Order will be an e-ticket. Print out a copy that shows the details of the e-ticket (name, reservation number, airline ticket number) and take it with you.
Redeem your Exchange Order for a pass between Monday, April 1 and Friday, June 21, 2013 at one of the exchange locations listed below. The pass is valid for three days of your choice during the 10-day period from the day you receive it.

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Purchasing in Japan

The JR EAST PASS SPECIAL can be purchased in Japan at Narita Airport, Haneda Airport, Tokyo Station and major JR East stations. For further details, see the list of exchange and sales locations below.

Notes:

  • Present your passport to the pass office staff. You will receive a pass after confirmation of eligibility.
  • The pass is valid for three days of your choice during a 10-day period from the day it is purchased.
  • Only one JR EAST PASS SPECIAL can be purchased in Japan per stay in Japan.

List of Exchange and Sales Locations

Exchange Orders may be redeemed for the JR EAST PASS SPECIAL at Narita or Haneda Airport as well as Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku, Sendai and many other JR East stations.

JR EAST Travel Service Center - Tokyo Station

Marunouchi North Entrance

JR EAST Travel Service Center - Tokyo Station

JR EAST Travel Service Center
- Haneda Airport International Terminal (Tokyo Monorail)

2F Ticket Gate / Arrival Lobby

JR EAST Travel Service Center - Haneda Airport International Terminal

JR EAST Travel Service Center - Narita Airport Terminal 1

B1F

JR EAST Travel Service Center - Narita Airport Terminal 1

JR EAST Travel Service Center - Narita Airport Terminal 2

B1F

JR EAST Travel Service Center - Narita Airport Terminal 2

JR East stations

Station Office Sales Exchange Office Hours
Shin-Aomori Travel Service Center Y Y All Days 10:00-17:30
Hachinohe Travel Service Center Y Y All Days 10:00-17:30
Akita Travel Service Center Y Y Weekdays 10:30-18:00
Weekends and Holidays 10:30-17:00
Morioka Travel Service Center Y Y Weekdays and Saturdays 10:00-19:00
Sundays and Holidays 10:00-17:00
Sendai Airport Ticket Office
(Sendai Airport Transit Co.,Ltd.)
N Y Weekdays 10:00-19:00
Weekends and Holidays 10:00-18:00
Sendai Travel Service Center Y Y Weekdays 10:00-19:00
Holidays 10:00-18:00
Yamagata Travel Service Center Y Y Weekdays 10:00-18:00
Weekends and Holidays 10:00-17:00
Fukushima Travel Service Center Y Y Weekdays 10:00-18:00
Weekends and Holidays 10:00-17:00
Mito Travel Service Center Y Y Weekdays 10:00-19:00
Weekends and Holidays 10:00-17:00
Niigata Travel Service Center Y Y Weekdays 10:00-19:00
Weekends and Holidays 10:00-17:00
Nagano Travel Service Center Y Y Weekdays 10:00-19:00
Weekends and Holidays 10:00-17:30
Narita Airport Terminal 1 JR EAST Travel Service Center Y Y All Days 8:15-19:00
JR Ticket Office Y Y All Days 6:30-8:15
19:00-21:45
Narita Airport Terminal 2 JR EAST Travel Service Center Y Y All Days 9:30-20:00
JR Ticket Office Y Y All Days 6:30-9:30
20:00-21:45
Haneda Airport
International Terminal
JR EAST Travel Service Center
(Tokyo Monorail 2F Ticket Gate / Arrival Lobby)
Y Y All Days 11:00-18:30
Tokyo JR EAST Travel Service Center (Marunouchi North Entrance) Y Y All Days 7:30-20:30
Shinagawa Information Center (Central) N Y All Days 9:00-19:00
Travel Service Center Y N Weekdays 10:00-20:00
Weekends and Holidays 10:00-18:00
Ueno Information Center (Central) N Y All Days 9:00-19:00
Travel Service Center Y N Weekdays 10:00-20:00
Weekends and Holidays 10:00-18:00
Shinjuku Information Center (South) N Y All Days 9:00-19:00
Information Center (East) N Y All Days 9:00-19:00
Travel Service Center (East) Y N Weekdays 10:00-20:00
Weekends and Holidays 10:00-18:00
Shibuya Information Center (South) N Y All Days 10:00-18:30
Travel Service Center Y N Weekdays 11:00-20:00
Weekends and Holidays 11:00-18:00
Ikebukuro Information Center (Central) N Y All Days 9:30-18:00
Travel Service Center (West) Y N Weekdays 10:00-20:00
Weekends and Holidays 10:00-18:00
Yokohama Travel Service Center Y Y Weekdays 10:00-20:00
Weekends and Holidays 10:00-18:00

Notes:

  • Offices and office hours are subject to change or discontinuation without notice.

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Eligibility

Foreign passport holders only"Temporary Visitor" only

The JR EAST PASS SPECIAL is available exclusively for visitors from abroad who enter Japan under the entry status of "Temporary Visitor". Both of the below two conditions must be met for purchase and use.


  • The pass user must have a passport issued by a country other than Japan.
    (日本国籍のお客様は使用できません。)
  • The pass user must enter Japan as a temporary visitor and have "Temporary Visitor" stamped in their passport as shown at right.
  • The status of temporary visitor is established in Japanese immigration law and permits stays in the country of up to 90 days for purposes such as sightseeing. Visitors desiring to enter Japan for sightseeing will receive a stamp, as shown at right, saying "Temporary Visitor" in their passport by the immigration officer.

Notes:

  • The passport immigration stamp must be presented for confirmation when exchanging for or purchasing a JR EAST PASS SPECIAL in Japan.
  • If the above conditions cannot be confirmed as being met, travelers may not be allowed to purchase a pass or redeem an Exchange Order for a pass. Also, please carry your passport when using your pass. It may be required by JR staff for identity confirmation.
  • Visitors with dual citizenship in Japan and another country will not be able to use a JR EAST PASS SPECIAL if they entered Japan on their Japanese passport.

Temporary Visitor visa

Seat Reservations

Making a Reservation at a Station

Visit a JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi) or Travel Service Center (View Plaza), located in most major JR East stations, and present your JR EAST PASS SPECIAL to reserve a seat.

JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi)
JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi)
Travel Service Center (View Plaza)
Travel Service Center (View Plaza)
Pass sample

Making an Online Reservation

Some JR-East Shinkansen and limited express seats can be reserved online.

Recommended Tourist Locations

See eastern Japan with the JR EAST PASS SPECIAL!

Eastern Japan has many attractive places to visit. There are numerous locations to enjoy Japanese scenery with cherry blossoms and new spring growth, lots of historical World Heritage Sites such as at Hiraizumi, and excellent cuisines to taste throughout the region. And of particular note is a huge tourism campaign from April to June for Sendai and Miyagi. Highlights of the area include the beautiful scenery of Matsushima Bay, the excellent beef tongue of Sendai, and the hot springs of Naruko-onsen-kyo Hot Spring Village. Use a JR EAST PASS SPECIAL and travel around eastern Japan.

Suggested Places to Visit in Eastern Japan