Last Updated: 2021-9-3

JR EAST PASS
(Nagano, Niigata area)

5 days of unlimited travel on trains and Shinkansen in the area covered!

  • Adult (12 years and older) 
    ¥18,000
  • Child (6 - 11 years old)
    ¥9,000
Purchase

What does this product let me do?

Unlimited travel on lines in the area covered.​ ​

Use your JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) to visit the following places and enjoy travelling on Joyful Trains!

[Railway companies and lines you can use]

  • JR EAST Lines​ ​

  • Tokyo Monorail

  • Izu Kyuko Line

  • Hokuetsu Express​ ​

  • Echigo TOKImeki Railway (between Naoetsu and Arai)

  • Reserved seats in ordinary cars of the following express trains with through operations between JR East and Tobu Railway lines: Nikko, Kinugawa, and SPACIA Kinugawa trains.

  • You can also use ordinary trains (including rapid trains) on the Tobu Railway lines between Shimo-imaichi and Tōbu-nikkō / Kinugawa-onsen.
    Between Kurihashi and Shimo-imaichi, you can only use express trains that have through operation with Tobu Railway.*

  • JR buses in the area (exc. highway and some regular bus routes)
    See bus map here

  • *You cannot use express trains that both depart from and terminate at stations on Tobu Railway lines.
    You can only use the JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) on Tobu Railway lines if the train either departs from or terminates at a JR station.

Please note

  • You cannot use the JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) to travel on the Tokaido Shinkansen. (This is because the Tokaido Shinkansen is operated by a different company)

  • The section between Minami-Otari and Itoigawa on the Ōito Line and between Itoigawa and Jōetsumyōkō on the Hokuriku Shinkansen is not included in the pass.
    If you wish to use the Hokuriku Shinkansen from Itoigawa, please purchase a standard fare ticket and a super (limited) express train ticket from Itoigawa to Jōetsumyōkō.
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  • Gala Yuzawa Station only operates during the winter and spring.​ ​

Recommended places to visit in this area

Joyful Trains in this area

Airports in the area

  • Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport)
  • Narita International Airport
  • Niigata Airport
  • Ibaraki Airport
空港からパス1枚でエリア内の主なスポットへはほぼ自由に移動することができます。

With just one pass, you can visit most of the main attractions within a specified area.

  • No need to worry about the most efficient way of getting around.
  • You can use the trains as you like, making transportation smoother and more comfortable compared to overnight buses and planes.

Great deals

How much can I save using this pass?

  • E.g. Return trip between Tōkyō Station and Niigata Station

    The round trip fare for an adult on the Jōetsu Shinkansen (Tōkyō Station to Niigata Station) with a reserved seat is about ¥21,000.

    With a JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area), you can take the same journey plus get on and off at stations in the Tokyo and Niigata areas freely for 18,000 yen!

    *During regular periods

    *See the timetable, etc. for the exact fare

    「東京駅と新潟駅との往復の場合」のイメージ地図

    The pass saves you money!

  • E.g. Trip from Narita Airport to Niigata and Nagano via Tōkyō Station

    The total fare for an adult using the Narita Express (Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station to Tōkyō Station), the Jōetsu Shinkansen (Tōkyō Station to Niigata Station/Niigata Station to Takasaki Station), the Hokuriku Shinkansen (Takasaki Station to Nagano Station/Nagano Station to Tōkyō Station), and the Narita Express again (Tōkyō Station to Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station) with reserved seats is about ¥37,000.

    With a JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area), you can take the same journey plus get on and off at stations in the Tokyo and Niigata areas freely for 18,000 yen!

    *During regular periods

    *See the timetable, etc. for the exact fare

    「成田空港発東京駅経由、仙台駅・秋田への旅行の場合」のイメージ地図

    Even better value!

  • Adult (12 years and older) 
    ¥18,000
  • Child (6 - 11 years old)
    ¥9,000
Purchase

Please note

  • A child’s age on the date of purchase is used to make decisions regarding age restrictions. You must prove your child’s age with a passport or other form of identification.​ ​

  • Children under the age of 6 do not require a pass, unless you wish to reserve seats.

  • An additional fee is required for use of Green Cars and GranClass trains.

  • This pass does not have student discounts or youth fares.

  • You can only use one JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) at a time while travelling in Japan. (You cannot purchase two of the same type of pass if they have overlapping periods of validity)

Validity Period

5 consecutive days

  • [OK] Use for 5 consecutive days

    October 1st
    October 2nd
    October 3rd
    October 4th
    October 5th
  • [Not OK] Use for 5 days during a 14-day period

    October 1st
    October 2nd
    October 5th
    October 13th
    October 14th

How to purchase and use a pass

  • 1Purchase your pass

    Purchases can be made online via JR-EAST Train Reservation, at ticket offices in Japan, or at travel agencies outside of Japan.

  • 2Picking up your pass

    You can pick up or purchase a pass at major airports and train stations.

  • 3Use your pass

    You can use your pass for 5 days starting on the date you indicated when purchasing the pass. Please use automatic ticket gate machines.

Purchasing a pass

Purchasing a pass from a travel agency in another country

  • Step 1Purchase

    Before your arrival in Japan, purchase a voucher (e-ticket) from a travel agency or other such vendor.

  • Step 2Collect

    After your arrival in Japan, present your voucher (e-ticket) issued by a travel agency along with your passport at a pick-up location. An eligibility check will be conducted, after which you will receive your JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area).​ ​

    Please note: You must bring your passport when you collect your pass. You cannot collect your pass using a copy of your passport.

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  • Step 3Use

    You can use your pass for 5 days starting on the date you indicated when collecting the pass.

Please note

  • After a voucher is issued, please pick up your JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) within 3 months.

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Purchasing a pass online on the JR-EAST Train Reservation website

  • Step 1Purchase

    JR-EAST Train Reservation

  • Step 2Collect

    After your arrival in Japan, an eligibility check will be conducted before you can pick up your pass. Please see the User Guideon the JR-EAST Train Reservation website on how to pick up your pass.

    Please note: You must bring your passport when you collect your pass. You cannot collect your pass using a copy of your passport.

    引換箇所一覧表はこちら

  • Step 3Use

    You can use your pass for 5 days starting on the date you indicated when purchasing the pass.

Please note

  • What you need when picking up your pass will depend on how you collect it. Please see the User Guideon the JR-EAST Train Reservation website.

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Purchasing at a ticket office in Japan

  • Step 1Purchase

    Present your passport at a JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) point of sale.
    An eligibility check will be conducted, after which you can purchase your pass.​ ​

    Note: You must bring your passport to collect your pass. A copy of your passport cannot be used for collection. When purchasing a pass at a reserved seat ticket vending machine that has a passport reader, you will need an original e-passport.

    Reserved seat ticket vending machines with passport readers: How to use them / Locations

  • Step 2Use

    You can use your pass for 5 days starting on the date you indicated when collecting the pass.

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Pick-up/Sales Locations

  • Present your passport at a JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) pick-up/sales location. An eligibility check will be conducted, after which your pass will be issued.​ ​

引換箇所・販売箇所一覧表はこちら

Reserved seat ticket vending machines with passport readers: How to use them / Locations

* You can purchase passes at reserved seat ticket vending machines with passport readers at stations that are designated as sales points. Please have your original e-passport ready. Please note that ticket sales at reserved seat ticket vending machines with passport readers may be available for more hours of the day than at ticket sales counters (at JR EAST Travel Service Center, etc.). For inquiries regarding purchases and refunds, please contact a ticket sales counter (at JR EAST Travel Service Center, etc.) during business hours.

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Eligibility

Customers who fulfill the conditions below can purchase and use this pass.

  • You must be a foreign national with a passport issued by a country other than Japan (Japanese nationals cannot use this pass.)​ ​

  • Please have the pass user present a valid passport (original) when making a purchase. (Passes cannot be purchased by anyone else, including family members.)

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Reserving seats

Reserve a seat using a reserved seat ticket vending machine

Shinkansen and limited express train seats can be reserved using reserved seat ticket vending machines at major JR EAST stations.

JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi)

Reserve seats at a station

Present your JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) at a JR EAST Travel Service Center or a JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-Madoguchi) at a major JR EAST station within the area covered by the pass to reserve a seat.

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

Reserve seats online

JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) holders can reserve seats on Shinkansen services, express trains, Joyful Trains, and other trains.

  • *Seats are limited, so please make your reservation as early as possible.

  • *You can reserve seats on trains up to 1 month prior to the date of your journey.

Changes/Refunds

Changes

You cannot change the period of validity after collecting or purchasing a pass.
To make changes to a pass purchased on the JR-EAST Train Reservation website before collecting it, please see the User Guide.

Refunds

A refund can only be provided within the period of validity of your pass and before you have started using it. To obtain a refund, you must apply at a JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) collection/sales point (not available at some collection/sales points).
If a seat ticket is issued and you are late for the indicated train's departure, no refund will be issued, even if the ticket has not been used.
Please note that ticket sales at reserved seat ticket vending machines with passport readers may be available for more hours of the day than at ticket sales counters (at JR EAST Travel Service Center, etc.). For inquiries regarding refunds, please contact a ticket sales counter (at JR EAST Travel Service Center, etc.) during business hours.
To obtain a refund for passes purchased on the JR-EAST Train Reservation website before collecting them, please see the User Guide.

FAQ

  • Can I use Joyful Trains?

  • Can I use Green Cars (first class cars) and GranClass?

  • Does a period of validity of 1 day mean the actual date of use? Or does it mean 24 hours?

  • Can another person use a rail pass that I have purchased?

  • What should I do if I lose my pass?

  • Can I buy two of the same rail passes?

  • Can I use a rail pass if I have dual nationality and one of my nationalities in Japanese?

  • What should I do if I am going to go outside the area covered by my rail pass?

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