The Japanese Rail Pass is available to all foreign visitors who have obtained a Japanese Tourist Visa. Holders of Japanese Tourist Visa may stay in Japan for a maximum 90 days.
Permanent residents such as foreign workers, interns, and students who have a residence permit will not be able to obtain a Japan Rail Pass.
The only visa which allows you to obtain a Japan Rail Pass is the Tourist visa
Visa Exempt Countries
Citizens from 68 countries are exempt from a Tourist visa to enter Japan. Citizens that are exempt from a Japanese visa, will not have to obtain a Tourist visa in advance as they will receive a visa-on-arrival stamp. The visa on arrival will be given to the visitors from the countries listed below who will be traveling under one of the following purposes: Tourism, Commerce, Conferences and Family visits.
Please check the list below to make sure that you are visa-exempt:
All European Union citizens
Brunei (15 days)
| Hong Kong
| San Marino
Thailand (15 days)
The Japan Rail Pass is not available to purchase for Japanese nationals who reside in Japan. However, Japanese people living abroad can apply for a Japan Rail Pass only if they are permanent residents of any country other than Japan for at least 10 years.