What is the Japan Rail Pass?
It is a train ticket that will allow you to have unlimited train rides for 7 days or 14 days, depending on which pass you buy. But make sure to check first if you are eligible to buy the said pass.
Not everyone can buy the pass. This is only available to foreign tourists visiting Japan under the “Temporary Visitor” status. If you are entering Japan as a “Trainee”, “Entertainer”, or with “Re-entry Permit”, you cannot avail and use the JR pass.
Where can you buy the Japan Rail Pass?
Take note: You cannot buy the Japan Rail Pass in Japan.
This means that you have to decide on whether you’re buying it or not before you arrive in Japan.
There are two options that you can consider when buying the pass. You can either buy it online and have it delivered to your house via FedEx or buy it from an accredited travel agency in your country.
I checked on which is cheaper. Online is cheaper but you have to shoulder the shipping fee, which will be more expensive in total instead of buying it on agency. I bought my Japan Rail Pass from Friendship Tours Manila. It is located at the 3rd Floor of Dusit Thani and paid cash amounting to Php 13,973.00 (JPY 29,110). Passport copy and Visa is needed when buying the JR Pass. A voucher will be given to you once payment has been made and this will be exchanged in Japan once you arrived. Nearest accredited companies where you can exchange it is available in the leaflet.
If you want to buy the pass directly from a travel agency, you can check out this list of accredited travel agencies where you can buy the Japan Rail Pass.
Here is an actual exchange order that you will get. Instruction will be discussed by the agent and also it is included in the envelope that will be given plus leaflets that about the JP Pass.