Rail Passes

Sapporo-
Noboribetsu Area Pass

Allows the unlimited rides in the designated area and convenient for travel between New Chitose Airport, Sapporo, Otaru and Noboribetsu!

Price:

Price Adult Child (Age 6-11)
Sales outside Japan ¥8,000 ¥4,000
Sales in Japan ¥8,500 ¥4,250
Validity period
4-day
*The rail pass can be used for 4 consecutive days from the starting date you choose.
Sales period
Throughout the year from April 1, 2021
Valid area
  • ・Non-reserved seats only. You can take a non-reserved seat on the limited express, rapid and local trains in the valid area. If you wish to take a reserved seat, please purchase a reserved seat ticket or a reserved seat limited express ticket.
  • ・If you get off outside of the valid area, you must pay the normal basic fare and charge for the additional section.
  • ・The rail pass cannot be used for JR Hokkaido Bus, the streetcar and the subway in Sapporo.
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Sapporo-
Furano Area Pass

Allows the unlimited rides in the designated area and convenient for travel between New Chitose Airport, Sapporo, Otaru, Furano, Biei and Asahikawa!

Price:

Price Adult Child (Age 6-11)
Sales outside Japan ¥9,000 ¥4,500
Sales in Japan ¥9,500 ¥4,750
Validity period
4-day
*The rail pass can be used for 4 consecutive days from the starting date you choose.
Sales period
Throughout the year from April 1, 2021
Valid area
  • ・Non-reserved seats only. You can take a non-reserved seat on the limited express, rapid and local trains in the valid area. If you wish to take a reserved seat, please purchase a reserved seat ticket or a reserved seat limited express ticket.
  • ・If you get off outside of the valid area, you must pay the normal basic fare and charge for the additional section.
  • ・The rail pass cannot be used for JR Hokkaido Bus, the streetcar and the subway in Sapporo.
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Hokkaido Rail Pass

Enjoy travelling around Hokkaido! Allows the unlimited rides within validity period!

Price and type:

Type 5-day 7-day
Adult Child (Age 6-11) Adult Child (Age 6-11)
Sales outside Japan ¥19,000 ¥9,500 ¥25,000 ¥12,500
Sales in Japan ¥20,000 ¥10,000 ¥26,000 ¥13,000
Type Adult Child (Age 6-11)
5-day
Sales outside Japan ¥19,000 ¥9,500
Sales in Japan ¥20,000 ¥10,000
7-day
Sales outside Japan ¥25,000 ¥12,500
Sales in Japan ¥26,000 ¥13,000
Validity period
5-day or 7-day
*The rail pass can be used for 5 or 7 consecutive days from the starting date you choose.
Sales period
Throughout the year from April 1, 2021
Valid area
The rail pass allows the unlimited rides on all JR Hokkaido Lines (except Hokkaido Shinkansen) within validity period.
  • ・Reserved and non-reserved seats in ordinary car of limited express trains on JR Hokkaido Line
  • ・Reserved and non-reserved seats of special rapid and rapid trains on JR Hokkaido Line
  • ・Local trains on JR Hokkaido Line
  • ・Reserved and non-reserved seats of temporary trains (limited express/rapid/local) on JR Hokkaido Line (*If you wish to take the SL Fuyu-no-Shitsugen Train, please purchase a reserved seat ticket.)

*The rail pass can be used for some JR Hokkaido buses. Please see here for details.

*The rail pass cannot be used for the Hokkaido Shinkansen, the South Hokkaido Railway, the streetcar and the subway.

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Reserved seats
*Hokkaido Rail Pass users only
Reserved seats of the ordinary car can be used with the Hokkaido Rail Pass. (Except SL Fuyu-no-Shitsugen Train) Advance seat reservation is available. (Except for some trains) You feel safe even during peak season.

*When the number of reserved seats for rail pass users is limited, you may not be able to use a reserved seat depending on the train and section even if it is not occupied.

*If you wish to take the SL Fuyu-no-Shitsugen Train, please purchase a reserved seat ticket.

How to reserve seats

Please make sure to receive reserved seat tickets before boarding if you plan to use a reserved seat. (Seats cannot be reserved on the train.)

*If you wish to change your train after receiving a reserved seat ticket, please change your ticket at the ticket counter.

  • ①Online reservation
    JR-EAST Train Reservation
  • ②Apply at a station
    JR Information Desk, JR Ticket Counter (Midori-no-madoguchi) or the reserved seat ticket vending machine in the major JR Hokkaido stations

See here for how to use reserved seat ticket vending machine.

Eligibility for Use

  • ・The rail pass is available only for foreign visitors who enter Japan with a non-Japanese passport under the entry status of “Temporary Visitor”.
  • ・When you exchange or purchase a rail pass at the designated station in Japan, you need to show your passport with a “Temporary Visitor” stamp/sticker (or the “registered user card” of the Trusted Traveler Program that the “Temporary Visitor” is printed).
  • ・According to the Japanese Immigration Law, you are allowed to stay in Japan for 15 days or 90 days under the entry status of “Temporary Visitor” with the purpose of sightseeing etc. If you apply for a stay with the purpose of sightseeing etc. when entering Japan, an immigration officer will put a “Temporary Visitor” stamp/sticker on your passport. Only visitors with this stamp/sticker (or visitors who have the “Temporary Visitor” printed on a “registered user card” of the Trusted Traveler Program) can use the rail pass.

*You cannot purchase a rail pass if you enter Japan under the entry status other than “Temporary Visitor” such as “Training”, “Entertainer”, or “Re-entry” etc.

*The entry status of “Temporary Visitor” includes sightseeing, recreation, sports, visiting relatives, inspection tours, attending lectures or meetings, business liaison or other similar activities.

*If you use an automated gate, the “Temporary Visitor” stamp/sticker will not be put on your passport. Please use a manned automated gate or ask an immigration officer how you can get the stamp or the sticker.

An example of “Temporary Visitor” stamp/sticke

How to Purchase

1. At a travel agent outside Japan

Please purchase an Exchange Order at the designated travel agents before coming to Japan.

After arriving in Japan, please exchange your Exchange Order for the pass at the designated counters in Hokkaido.

Notes

  • ・When you purchase an Exchange Order, please check that your name written on the Exchange Order is completely the same as the one on your passport.
  • ・The price of the Exchange Order may fluctuate depending on the exchange rate.
  • ・An Exchange Order is valid for 3 months from the date of issue.

2. In Japan

You can purchase the rail pass directly at the designated counters below by cash (Japanese yen only) or credit card.

Rail pass exchange/
purchase counters in Japan

  • ・The exchange and purchase can only be made during office hours (hours for handling rail passes).
  • ・It may take time to issue a rail pass. Please give yourself plenty of time to spare when receiving the rail pass.
  • ・Please show your passport with a “Temporary Visitor” stamp/sticker (or the “registered user card” of the Trusted Traveler Program that the “Temporary Visitor” is printed). (A copy of the passport etc. is not acceptable.)
  • ・There is an application form to fill out the designated items.

★The stations for exchange and purchase differ depending on the type of the rail pass.
*Sapporo-Noboribetsu Area Pass can be exchanged or purchased only at New Chitose Airport, Sapporo and Noboribetsu Stations.
*Sapporo-Furano Area Pass can be exchanged or purchased only at New Chitose Airport, Sapporo and Asahikawa Stations.

In Hokkaido (See here for station maps)
Outside of Hokkaido

Hokkaido Rail Pass can be purchased at JR EAST Travel Service Center, etc. For office hours, please see the JR East website.

*Hokkaido Rail Pass can only be purchased. Exchange cannot be made.
*Sapporo-Noboribetsu Area Pass and Sapporo-Furano Area Pass cannot be purchased.

  • ・Narita Airport Terminal 1
  • ・Narita Airport Terminal 2・3
  • ・Haneda Airport Terminal 3 (Tokyo Monorail)
  • ・Tokyo Station
  • ・Shinjuku Station
  • ・Shinjuku Station (East Exit)
  • ・Ikebukuro Station
  • ・Shibuya Station
  • ・Ueno Station
  • ・Hamamatsucho Station
  • ・Shinagawa Station
  • ・JAPAN RAIL CAFE
Sales agents of the Exchange Order

How to Use

Please insert only your rail pass into the automatic ticket gate. Please make sure to pick up your rail pass after passing through the automatic ticket gate.
*Reserved seat tickets cannot be used to go through the automatic ticket gate.

Other

  • ・The rail pass cannot be given to others.
  • ・Please make sure to carry your passport while traveling. If you are asked to show your passport by the staff when showing the rail pass, please show it with your rail pass.
  • ・You can take the JR Hokkaido buses only with the Hokkaido Rail Pass (except intercity buses and temporary buses). For an express bus between Sapporo and Otaru, you can only take the bus which is operated by JR Hokkaido Bus. When you get on the JR Hokkaido Bus, please take a numbered ticket. When you get off the bus, please give the numbered ticket and show your Hokkaido Rail Pass to a bus driver. The rail pass cannot be used for other companies’ bus and subway.

*Sapporo-Noboribetsu Area Pass and Sapporo-Furano Area Pass cannot be used for JR Hokkaido Bus.

  • ・If you wish to use a first-class car (Green car) on the limited express train, please pay the limited express charge in addition to Green car charge. If you take a train that requires a supplementary ticket, please pay the charge for that. You cannot change to a reserved seat on the train.
  • ・The rail pass is valid only within the validity period.
  • ・The rail pass you have cannot be changed to a different type of rail pass or ticket. Also, the starting date of the validity period cannot be changed.
  • ・The rail pass will not be reissued even if it is lost (or stolen).
  • ・Other conditions are in compliance with the passenger transportation regulations of JR Hokkaido and Japanese laws.
  • ・If you violate the conditions and the passenger transportation regulations of JR Hokkaido, the rail pass will be invalid and collected. In addition, you must pay the triple fares and charges for all the section you took a train.
  • ・If there is any doubt about the transportation conditions stated in English, the Japanese version is regarded as original.
Refunds
  • ・The Exchange Order can be refunded within one year at the travel agent that you purchased the Exchange Order if not used. The handling fee will be based on the rules of each travel agent.
  • ・Refunds can be made only before the starting date of the validity period as a general rule at the designated purchase/exchange counters for the rail pass. In this case, 10% of the sales price (Japanese yen) will be charged as the handling fee and the balance will be refunded.
  • ・It is not possible to extend the validity period of the rail pass or receive a refund after the starting date for any reasons including the cancellation and delay of trains. Also, we do not take any responsibility for additional costs for transportation and accommodation due to the itinerary changes.

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