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# 250833 27-May-2019 19:48
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There seems to be a myriad of sites advertising JR rail passes.

 

Any recommendations about a safe and efficient site to purchase these from?

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  # 2246654 27-May-2019 19:48
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Allow me to introduce you folks to our new travel community: TravelTalk NZ.

 

We hope to see you there!

 





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  # 2246663 27-May-2019 20:12
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JTB - official NZ agents

 

Used them probably 4 or 5 times on recent trips

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2246705 27-May-2019 22:50
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Can be ordered through STA Travel who organise through another party (can't recall the name). Had no issues ordering this way a few years back.


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  # 2246709 27-May-2019 23:05
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Or when you get off the plane





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  # 2246712 27-May-2019 23:19
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Or when you get off the plane

 

 

Yep, it is available in Japan, but it seems to cost more.
https://www.japan-rail-pass.com/common-questions/can-i-buy-my-japan-rail-pass-in-japan


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  # 2246718 28-May-2019 00:48
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Just got back from a month there, there are several ways to get around depending on your itinerary. Check out each regions 1,3,5 etc day pass. The Kansei Area pass for example is really good value for getting around Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe. And the Tokyo 72 hour pass is a total steal for only Y1500

 

Can buy them from the airport when you arrive


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  # 2246726 28-May-2019 05:21
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Rail passes could traditionally not be purchased outside Japan. Things have changed recently an you now can purchase them at *some* stations and airports but the cost is still higher in Japan from what I had seen last time I was there about 18 months ago.

 

It's worth noting that if you buy a rail pass in NZ (or anywhere else) it's not the rail pass per se - it's a voucher that is eschanged for a rail pass at the station, so you need to actually do this at a station that has a ticket office that processes them during their opening hours. If you want to prebook seats (highly recommended on some services) IMHO you're better off doing this at a bigger station where you'll have a better chance of finding somebody who speaks fluent English which makes the process a lot easier. 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2246729 28-May-2019 06:32
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we bought them in Narita Airport station. same queue as those needing to exchange their overseas bought vouchers. the lady assisting the queue spoke better American than me. not sure about price difference. takes 1 hr depending on queue length.





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  # 2246753 28-May-2019 07:37
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Can be ordered through STA Travel who organise through another party (can't recall the name). Had no issues ordering this way a few years back.

 

 

Worth noting that while at first glance they seem cheaper than JTB, STA's service charge doesn't show up until the payment screen and makes it more expensive (or at least this was the case about 3 months ago).





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  # 2246800 28-May-2019 08:28
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JTB - official NZ agents

 

Used them probably 4 or 5 times on recent trips

 

 

 

 

 

We purchased our Studio Ghibli tickets from JTB, so will go to them for JR.

 

Thanks for all the useful tips from all.

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  # 2246804 28-May-2019 08:39
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We ordered ours from a travel reseller in Paris, as it was the cheapest even with courier to NZ.






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  # 2246817 28-May-2019 09:26
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Do be sure that the JR pass is suitable for your plans. It only lets you board JR rail lines and not the Metro/Subway. It does however let you board limited shinkansen (bullet train) lines so it may be useful there.

If you are staying in just Tokyo then a area pass or Suica/Pasmo card is probably better or more convenient.


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SpartanVXL: Do be sure that the JR pass is suitable for your plans. It only lets you board JR rail lines and not the Metro/Subway. It does however let you board limited shinkansen (bullet train) lines so it may be useful there.

If you are staying in just Tokyo then a area pass or Suica/Pasmo card is probably better or more convenient.

 

Will echo this. if you are not using the shinkansen, get a cash card instead, as you will not likely use enough trains to pay for the JR pass. cash card allows you to pay any public transport line (the public transport is owned by many different private companies, JR being only one of them, albeit one of the biggest if not the biggest, but even then it will/may not get you everywhere you wish to go). in many places you could purchase stuff/food with your cash card too but not all. it's still a cash heavy society.

 

we had a jr pass but paid cash/coins when using other non jr train lines.





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  # 2247494 29-May-2019 08:24
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SpartanVXL: Do be sure that the JR pass is suitable for your plans. It only lets you board JR rail lines and not the Metro/Subway. It does however let you board limited shinkansen (bullet train) lines so it may be useful there.

If you are staying in just Tokyo then a area pass or Suica/Pasmo card is probably better or more convenient.

 

 

 

The place that supplied our JR Pass also included two Suica cards pre-loaded with about $25.






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  # 2247534 29-May-2019 09:20
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Agree with the above comments.  JR has a good ring line around Tokyo so we ended up only using the subway on a couple of occasions as we could get everywhere else on JR trains (over 5 days).  There are a couple of apps which are good.  I think we mostly relied on hyperdia as it could filter for your rail pass. 

 

The rail pass queue is long at Narita but gives you the advantage of catching the express train for "free".  You still need to go to a ticket office to book your seat.

 

Bon voyage.


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