JAPAN RAIL PASS and Where to buy in Malaysia

If you plan to visit several cities in Japan on your trip, then buying the JAPAN RAIL PASS (JR Pass) is the best solution to save on transportation costs. I used JR pass during my trip to Japan and it really help me save a lot. Even Japanese are jealous because this pass is only applicable for tourist. Yes, only tourist may purchase the pass and it can only be purchased overseas.

Update: since we last visited there are a few other options. Click here to check out my new post about how to get JR East pass that covers a smaller area but is more flexible and cheaper.

  • What is JR Pass?
    The JR Pass offers an incredibly economical way to travel throughout Japan by rail. You may use JR Pass to hop on the Shinkansen (Bullet train) between cities and also to explore a city via JR line buses, subway, monorail and ferry boat. For the details on which transportation you can and can’t use the pass on, you may refer directly to their official website: http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en004.html
  • How much does it cost?
    The prices are standard but they vary from country to country based on the exchange rate. However, if you purchase the JR pass from a travel agency, they might charge you a service fee. The pass comes in two variations: the green superior class and ordinary. Both are available as a 7-day, 14-day, or 21-day pass.

    Prices of Exchange Orders (as of September 1, 2014)
    38,880 YEN
    19,440 YEN
    29,110 YEN
    14,550 YEN
    62,950 YEN
    31,470 YEN
    46,390 YEN
    23,190 YEN
    81,870 YEN
    40,930 YEN
    59,350 YEN
    29,670 YEN

    I bought the Ordinary 7-days JR Pass on February 2015 and it cost me RM902

  • Where to buy?
    You can buy it online here.
    I purchased my JR Pass at:
    Japan Travel Bureau (M) Sdn Bhd
    16th Floor, Amoda Bulding,
    Jalan Imbi, 55100 Kuala Lumpur,Wilayah Persekutuan.
    Phone: 03-2141 6866
    Business hours: Mon- Fri 9am – 5.30pm , Sat: 9am – 12.30pm, Closed on Sunday and public holiday.It is very simple: just walk in to the office (Opposite Times square and behind Lowyat) along with your passport (a must) and tell them you would like to buy the JR Pass. Paying with cash is better as they charge 5% for card transaction no matter if credit or debit.
  • How to redeem?
    JTB will issue  you a some short of Exchange Order, not the actual pass. It looks like in the image below:
    insideNext, when you arrive in Japan, go to any JR office (at the airport or train station) and submit the Exchange Order together with your passport to redeem the actual JR Pass.JR officeWhen we arrived at Haneda airport, it was already 11pm and the JR office at the airport was closed. We redeemed our JR Pass at the Tokyo Station the next morning. See how the real JR Pass look like:

If you already have your travel plan, once you have your JR Pass, you may also request to reserve seats on the Shinkansen. It is free of charge for JR Pass holders. I strongly recommend to reserve your seats so that you can sit together as a group and have better seat selection (for example window seats from which you can see Mount Fuji). You will receive additional tickets when you reserve your seat that will be specifically for that Shinkanse. If you do not have reserved seats, you may enter the non-reserved car of the train and it is first come first serve basis. Don’t worry, it is very seldom full 🙂


Now that you are aware of all related info about the JR pass, check out my other post on budget you need for a week trip in Japan: CLICK HERE

For One Week Japan Trip Itinerary: CLICK HERE

Cheers! 😉 🙂


  1. Erin said:

    Hi, I would like to know if we can purchase the JR Pass on the spot at JTR office, say on 12 Mar & get the exchange order on the spot. Then, we can use the JR Pass on 17Mar (within 4 days)? Is there any rules to it?

    March 11, 2018
  2. izzah said:

    Hi. Thank you for the wonderful trips. I can’t click the link for the japan budget post. Maybe it is a broken link? Can you please fix it because I really would like to read them. Thanks!

    June 5, 2016
  3. Falie said:

    Hi , if i like to go Osaka , Tokyo , Kyoto and kobe within 1 week , what type of JR pass should i buy ?

    April 6, 2016
  4. mattflintop said:

    Thank you,it is good material to read this post increases my knowledge. What a wonderful piece of information. Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer.

    March 30, 2016
  5. sakuchan125 said:

    I heard we need to hand in our air ticket to show that we’re flying, so i doubt we can buy for any friends who are already in Japan as you replied.
    Could you please confirm?
    Thank you.

    March 20, 2016
    • Hi dear,

      There is no need to show flight ticket to buy JR pass. The only requirement is to show Passport (to verify that you / your friend are eligible to buy the JR pass). If your friend already in Japan, you can show photocopy/softcopy of his passport. You can give a call (03-2141 6866) to double confirm.

      March 26, 2016
  6. emiramieko said:

    hey Filivi, did you get the exchange order on the same day as you purchase it?

    January 10, 2016
  7. Denise said:

    Hi Filivi,

    Would they print your name on the pass? As my bf is already in Japan and I’d like to buy a JR pass for him too. So I won’t be able to show them his passport. Would it be possible for me to bring someone else’s passport just to show that we are Malaysians?

    October 23, 2015
    • Hi Denise,
      Yes, my name is printed at the JR pass as you can see on the photo above.
      If you want to purchase the JR pass for your BF, I think you can show shoftcopy of your BF passport when you purchase it at Japan Travel Bureau (M) Sdn Bhd office. Before you go, you can give a call (03-2141 6866) to them first to double confirm.

      October 24, 2015
  8. Goh Hai Fong said:

    My sister is now in Japan and she didn’t buy JR pass. She need to use JR pass to travel on 31/10/15. Can I buy for her now using her photostat passport?
    Can the JR pass be courier to her?
    Kindly advise.
    Thank you.

    October 21, 2015
    • Hi Goh,
      If I’m not mistaken yes you can bring the photostat / softcopy passport when purchase.
      Courier are possible for a fee. To double confirm, you can give a call to the Japan Travel Bureau (M) Sdn Bhd office at this number: 03-2141 6866

      Somebody will answer to your inquiry directly.

      October 24, 2015
  9. Shasha said:

    If I want to buy JR pass for me and my travel companion, should I bring her passport as well? Thanks. please reply to my email. nshashabilla@gmail.com

    September 9, 2015
    • Hi Shasha,
      Yes, you should bring your friend passport as well to purchase the JR pass. They are very strict about it.

      September 14, 2015

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