Booked a ticket to Japan for your holidays but you have no idea how you’re going to travel around the country?

Whether you’re going to Okinawa, or travelling to Tokyo, a great way to travel around Japan is by taking the Japan National Railways by using the Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass).

If you’re a little lost by their selection, read on for more information on which pass to get from Klook.

If you get the [Ordinary Car] 7 Day Whole Japan Rail Pass from now till 5th May through ShopBack, you get 3% upsized cashback. All other JR Passes will receive 1.5% cashback through ShopBack.


What Are JR Passes?

All You Need to Know about JR Pass
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A JR Pass is a transportation pass for foreign travelers. It’s only available for travelers on a “Temporary Visitor” status in Japan which means that you’re only allowed to stay in Japan for less than 3 months.

Depending on which JR Pass is purchased, you’ll be able to access all relevant train lines operated by Japan Railways as well as other means of transportation like the JR Bus, JR Ferry and monorails.

Which JR Pass is the one for you?

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With more than 40 different types of JR Passes available in the market, it is confusing to pick the right pass. There are many factors to consider such as the duration of your trip, the region that you would like to focus on as well as the pricing.

It’s important to pick the one that fits perfectly into your travel plans.

If you would like to travel the whole of Japan but only have a short 7 days to spare, you would perhaps like to consider the [Ordinary Car] 7 Day Whole Japan Rail Pass for just RM1031.

However, if you are clear with your travel itinerary and have selected regions (ie, Central, Western, etc.) in mind, you can choose Regional JR Passes like the 5 Day JR Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Pass or simply just mix and match.

Here are the JR Passes available on Klook according to Regions and Duration of Pass:

You can use the search function in the table below. Filter by Area, Price, or the Pass by clicking on the arrow below.

AreaPassesRM
Whole Japan[Ordinary Car] 7 Day Whole Japan Rail Pass1031
Whole Japan[Ordinary Car] 14 Day Whole Japan Rail Pass1687
Whole Japan[Ordinary Car] 21 Day Whole Japan Rail Pass2164
Whole Japan[Green Car] 7 Day Whole Japan Rail Pass1417
Whole Japan[Green Car] 14 Day Whole Japan Rail Pass2324
Whole Japan[Green Car] 21 Day Whole Japan Rail Pass3023
Whole Japan[Sakura Sale] 7-day Whole Japan Rail Pass and Japan 4G SIM Card1114
Whole Japan[Sakura Sale] 14-day Whole Japan Rail Pass and Japan 4G SIM Card1752
Kansai1 Day JR West Kansai Pass (KIX Pick Up)81
Kansai2 Day JR West Kansai Pass (KIX Pick Up)159
Kansai3 Day JR West Kansai Pass (KIX Pick Up)196
Kansai4 Day JR West Kansai Pass (KIX Pick Up)233
Kansai5 Day JR Kansai WIDE Area Pass (KIX Pick Up)330
Kansai5 Day JR Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass (KIX Pick Up)498
Kansai7 Day JR Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass535
Hokkaido3 Day JR Hokkaido Pass609
HokkaidoFlexible 4 Day JR Hokkaido Pass812
Hokkaido5 Day JR Hokkaido Pass812
HokkaidoFlexible 5 Day JR Tohoku-South Hokkaido Pass701
HokkaidoFlexible 6 Day JR East-South Hokkaido Pass917
Hokkaido7 Day JR Hokkaido Pass868
Shikoku3 Day JR All Shikoku Pass332
Shikoku4 Day JR All Shikoku Pass369
Shikoku5 Day JR All Shikoku Pass406
Shikoku7 Day JR All Shikoku Pass443
Hokuriku4 Day JR Hokuriku Area Pass185
Hokuriku5 Day JR Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass491
Hokuriku7 Day JR Hokuriku Arch Pass868
Hokuriku7 Day JR Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass535
Kyushu3/5 Day JR All/North/South Kyushu Pass (Japan Pick Up)257
Kyushu7 Day JR Sanyo-San’in-Northern Kyushu Area Pass812
Hiroshima5 Day JR Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass406
Hiroshima5 Day JR Okayama-Hiroshima-Yamaguchi Area Pass498
Hiroshima5 Day JR Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass (KIX Pick Up)498
Okayama4 Day JR San'in Okayama Area Pass166
Okayama5 Day JR Okayama-Hiroshima-Yamaguchi Area Pass498
Kagawa2 Day JR Kagawa Mini Rail and Ferry Pass148
Mt Fuji Shizuoka3 Day JR Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Area Tourist Pass Mini166
TohokuFlexible 5 Day JR East Tohoku Area Pass (Japan Pick Up)682
NiigataFlexible 5 Day JR East Nagano/Niigata Area Pass (Japan Pick Up)608
Alpine5 Day JR Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Pass646
Setouchi5 Day JR Setouchi Area Pass628
Osaka5 Day JR Osaka - Nagoya 'Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Pass'406
Sanyo-San'in7 Day JR Sanyo-San'in Area Pass683

What is the Difference Between the Ordinary and Green Car Options?

rm50 klook voucher JR pass Upsell
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If you chose the 7, 14 or 21 days Whole Japan JR Pass (with a RM50 Voucher), you will also have the option between the Ordinary or Green Car.

Type of JR PassSeat ReservationAmenitiesPrice for 7 DaysPrice for 14 DaysPrice for 21 Days
Ordinary PassNoNoRM1,031.00RM1,687.00RM2,164.00
Green PassYesService, Personal Luggage Space, Radio Set, Foot Rest, MagazineRM1,417.00RM2,324.00RM3,023.00

If you have a little budget to spare, ride in style and comfort by choosing the Green Car option.

How To Buy and Use JR Passes on Klook?

Klook Exchange Order JR Pass
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Dates to Remember:

  • Booking Date: Date of Purchase
  • Participation Date: Intended Date to Collect JR Pass with Exchange Order
  • Activation Date: Intended Date to Start Usage of JR Pass

Step One: Buy The Passes on Klook

  • Choose from 41 different JR Passes on Klook to fit your travel itinerary. JR Passes on Klook are the cheapest in the market and can be purchased in one hassle-free booking.
  • Select the Participation Date for when you intend to exchange your Exchange Order to the JR Pass in when you’re in Japan. It must be within 90 Days of your collection of the JR Passes.
  • Choose the “Malaysia Mail Delivery” option for the Exchange Order to be mailed to you with a registered post within 7 business days.

Step Two: Receive the Exchange Order

  • Receive the Exchange Order in your mail and change it for your JR Pass within 90 Days from the day of the booking on Klook.
  • Don’t forget to pack it into your luggage.

Step Three: Exchange for JR Pass

How To Get Your JR Pass
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  • Bring your Exchange Order to one of the many JR Ticket Offices in Japan. Check out this complete list of JR Ticket Offices in order to plan ahead before your arrival in Japan.
  • When you’re making an exchange for the JR Pass, you will need to choose the Activation Date.
  • This date will be the official date for which your JR Pass will be active for use.
  • The Activation Date can be any day within 30 days of exchanging for the JR Pass.

JR Pass: Not So Confusing After All

It may seem like there are way too many choices when it comes to picking a JR pass, but don’t let the number of choices paralyse you.

Tips to Remember When Getting Your JR Pass:

  1. Buy Klook’s JR Pass. They’ll send you the Exchange Order. The best time to buy it is 2 months before your trip.
  2. Exchange the Exchange Order for a JR Pass when you’re in Japan within 90 days.
  3. Choose your activation date when you exchange the Exchange Order for the JR Pass.
  4. Enter your full name as per your passport details.

With your new JR Pass, it’s time to ditch the wheels and go for the rails.

sakura fever klook jr pass promo code
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Use code <MYSAKURAFEVER> for extra RM55 off your booking — you’d already hit the minimum spend with just a 7 Day Whole Japan Rail Pass at RM1000+!

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