Last July, JR East announced half-off shinkansen tickets along these routes until March 2021 and they're back again this month with a new travel deal for foreign residents in Japan: the JR East Welcome Rail Pass 2020.
From October 16, 2020 to February 26, 2021, foreign passport holders in Japan can purchase the new pass which may be used for unlimited travel along applicable lines for 3 consecutive days (e.g. October 16-18).
Here's everything you need to know about the JR East Welcome Rail Pass 2020.
Sold: October 16, 2020 - February 26, 2021
Period of Use: 3 consecutive days within the period of October 16, 2020 - February 28, 2021
Adults (12 years and older): 12,000 JPY
Children (6-11 years old): 6,000 JPY
Note that student discounts are not applicable when purchasing the pass.
The JR East Welcome Rail Pass 2020 is only available to non-Japanese passport holders. Japanese nationals are not permitted to purchase a pass.
Cannot be used on Tokyo Monorail or Tokaido Shinkansen.
Here are a few recommended prefectures to visit using the JR East Welcome Rail Pass, along with unique experiences and local tourist attractions to inspire your travels.