JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020 for Foreign Residents in Japan



Three consecutive days of unlimited travel on JR East-operated trains running through Tokyo, Tohoku, Niigata and Nagano and even these shinkansen: Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Joetsu and Hokuriku, the "JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020" is a new travel deal for foreign residents in Japan. Its a limited time offer pass so you wouldn't want to miss this great opportunity to travel around Japan and discover the yet to be found beauties.

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    Period of use

    October 16, 2020 - February 28, 2021

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    Sales period

    October 16, 2020 - February 26, 2021

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    12,000 yen (6,000 yen for children)
    Children under the age of 6 do not require a pass, however, if a family want to purchase a reserved seats, then a pass is required.
    ※There is no student discount and youth fares are not applicable when purchaisng this ticket.

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    The JR East Welcome Rail Pass 2020 is only available to non-Japanese passport holders. Japanese nationals are not permitted to purchase a pass.

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    Places that are covered by the pass

    This pass will allow holders three consecutive days of unlimited travel on the Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Joetsu and Hokuriku shinkansen (bullet trains), along with JR East train lines and a number of local railways. For one flat fee, visitors can explore from the northernmost reaches of Aomori Prefecture to the hot spring resorts of Shizuoka Prefecture, just south of Tokyo.
    The railway companies that are covered by this pass are as followings.
    1)JR East including Bus Rapid Transit
    2)Aoimori Railway
    3)Iwate Galaxy Railway (IGR)
    4)Sanriku Railway
    5)Echigo Tokimeki Railway (from Myoko Kogen to Naoetsu)
    6)Shinano Railway
    This pass cannot be used on Tokyo Monorail or Tokaido Shinkansen

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    How to buy the ticket

    Tickets can be purchased at any JR East Travel Service Center or online.
    Upon purchasing the tickets, make sure to present the original copy of your passport and indicate the start date for pass usage (must be within one month of purchase). If you purchase online, bring your passport and QR code to issue the ticket at WAmazing vending machine placed at Ueno Station.

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    How to reserve seats

    The "JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020" includes a price for a reserved seats, however, for green cars (first class cars) and GranClass seats, extra fee must be paid to aboard the train.
    To reserve a seat, tickets can be purchased using the pass at either the Reserved Seat Ticket Vending Machine at major stations or any JR EAST Travel Service Center, or a JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-Madoguchi) or Travel Service Center (View Plaza). A note of caution, up to 6 times, seats can be reserved using the vending machine. However, making a reservation for the 7th time or even more, it can only be done at JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-Madoguchi).

    Reserved Seat Ticket Vending Machine

    Reserved Seat Ticket Vending Machine

    JR East Travel Service Center

    JR East Travel Service Center

    JR Ticket Offices (Midori no Madoguchi)

    JR Ticket Offices (Midori no Madoguchi)

    How do I buy a ticket for the JR East Shinkansen (bullet train) useing vending machine?
    JR East View Plaza หน้าต่างสีเขียว
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    How much saved?

    The roundtrip tickets for JR East rail pass for the Tohoku area is normally around 20,360yen for adults, whereas the standard pass for Nagano and Niigata areas are 18,330yen. Consider that for just a roundtrip, this JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020 is 12,000yen for adults for 3 days which is a considerable discount when compared.

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    Trip Ideas

    With so many destinations covered under the pass, the list of possible autumn and winter activities are boundless. Here are some of the experiences that could be available at your fingertips

    The Snow Monkeys of Nagano
    Ski Near Tokyo: How to Get Ski Resorts by Train
    Best Places to Go in Sado Island
    Bathing and Kicking Back at Hikage Onsen
    Where to Go in Yamagata