The Japan Rail Pass is designed for foreign travelers visiting Japan as a tourist, with thetemporary visitor status.
Once you arrive to Japan, you have to choose the "stay for sight-seeing" as a travel reason and the entry personnel will stamp your passport with "temporary visitor". Please note that if using the automated gate at the airport, you won't get thetemporary visitorstamp. In this case you have to ask a clerk for the stamp, or use the manned gate.
A customer who has a "registered user card" under the Trusted Traveler Program will be required to show the card to confirm the "temporary visitor" status.
Japanese nationals can use the Japan Rail Pass only if they present one of the following documents:
Copy of theOverseas Residential Registrationissued by the embassy or legation of Japan in the foreign country where you live. Limited to an Overseas Residential Registration with a date of acceptance at least 10 years earlier.
Certificate of Overseas Residenceissued by the embassy or legation of Japan in the foreign country where you live (limited to a Certificate of Overseas Residence with a date at least 10 years earlier as the date on which your address (or place of temporary residence) was established as your present address).
As a special case limited to the USA, Brazil, and Canada, thePermanent Resident Cardissued by these 3 countries can be used as written proof until further notice (limited to a Permanent Resident Card confirming your stay in the relevant country for 10 years or more).
If you are going to use the Green Pass, you will need to make seat reservations as the Green carriages do not have any unreserved seats. If you are going to use the ordinary pass, you can choose to reserve seats on specific trains, or just take the unreserved seats.
You can use all train services operated by the Japan Rail Railways. The only exceptions are the “Nozomi” bullet trains on the Tokyo-Kyoto-Osaka (Tokaido) line, and “Mizuho” bullet trains on the Kyushu Shinkansen line.
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