These JR East Passes Will Be Offered to Foreign Residents From April 2021

By The byFood Team
Updated: March 11, 2023

With covid cases on the decline since the implementation of the second state of emergency on January 7th, Japan Railways Group has just announced that they will be allowing foreign residents to use two of their JR East passes, which were previously only available to tourist visa holders. 

Vibrant green Tohoku Shinkansen waiting at a station platform

Beginning on April 1, 2021, Japan Rail will allow foreign residents in Japan to take advantage of the 5-day JR East passes in the Tohoku area and Nagano, Niigata area.

Anyone with a foreign passport may purchase and use these passes for five consecutive days of unlimited travel on Shinkansen, express trains, and local JR East trains.

The Asama Karuizawa Shinkansen plowing through snowy land

The JR East passes may be purchased online or at major stations and airports within the areas covered by the passes.

JR East Pass - Nagano, Niigata Area >>

JR East Pass - Tohoku Area Pass >>

Looking for things to do in Tohoku? Browse food experiences in Akita, Miyagi, and Yamagata.

Or, check out what Nagano and Niigata have to offer!

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