East Japan Railway Company (JR East) will be selling a special limited "JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020" available to all foreign passport holders (regardless of visa status) starting from Oct 16.
Until this point, JR Rail Passes have been limited to visitors to Japan, excluding foreign residents with visas. JR East created this new, expat-friendly pass to allow members of Japan’s international community to explore the Tohoku and Kanto areas in a flexible and budget-friendly way, and provide an alternative to international travel.
This pass will allow holders three consecutive days of unlimited travel on the Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Joetsu and Hokuriku shinkansen (bullet trains), along with JR East train lines and a number of local railways. For one flat fee, visitors can explore from the northernmost reaches of Aomori Prefecture to the hot spring resorts of Shizuoka Prefecture, just south of Tokyo.
In addition to the release of the special pass, JR East will be collaborating with John Daub, the popular YouTuber behind the channel “ONLY in JAPAN * John Daub,” and the travel information site MATCHA to help travelers get a deeper understanding of the sights, cuisine and culture of regions covered by JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020.
JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020 Details:
・Period of use: October 16, 2020 - February 28, 2021
・Sales period: October 16, 2020 - February 26, 2021
・Price: 12,000 yen (6,000 yen for children)
・Who can use the pass: Customers holding a passport issued by a country other than Japan
・Validity: Unlimited rides on shinkansen, limited express trains and local trains on JR East lines under the jurisdiction of JR East for 3 consecutive days during the set period.
For more details on the areas covered by the pass and purchasing options, please refer to: https://www.eastjapanrailway.com/pass/