East Japan Railway Company has unveiled a special new rail pass for international residents that will be available from October 16th. It will allow passengers to explore the Tohoku and Kanto regions thoroughly. All international residents, regardless of visa status, who have a passport issued from another country, are eligible to receive the pass. 

An advertisement for the new rail pass by JR East. Image sourced from https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/.

The pass will be available until February 28th, 2021, and allow for unlimited train rides for three consecutive days. This includes bullet trains, JR East lines, and local lines. Available bullet train lines will be those bound for Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Joetsu, and Hokuriku. 

Yamadera (Rikken-ji Temple) in Yamagata Prefecture

This is a specially-made pass to cater to ex-pats in Japan who cannot travel internationally. Sales will begin on October 16th, and the price will be 12,000 yen for adults and 6,000 yen for children. For this one time rate, it will be possible to travel from Honshu’s northernmost prefecture, Aomori, all the way down to the Shizuoka prefecture south of Tokyo.  

For exact details of what rail lines are included with the pass, please check JR East’s website.

JR East Railway