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JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

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Planning to visit Tokyo and to travel all the way to Aomori to visit Hirosaki Castle and to many more destinations in the Northeast area of the main island? In that case, the JR EAST Tohoku area rail pass is perfect for you. With this rail pass you can travel aboard the Tohoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Joetsu Shinkansen and Hokuriku Shinkansen.

Where can the pass be used?

Unlimited travel throughout the JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) including 5 Shinkansen Super Express Lines (also known as the Bullet Trains).


Foreign nationals who are holders of non-Japanese passports (who have entered Japan with a “Temporary Visitor” visa to stay in Japan for no longer than 90 days) are eligible. Passports are required for confirmation purposes at the time of exchange or purchase.

Pre-booking time

3 Months



Children between the ages of 6 to 11 pay a reduced rate.


Infants 0-5 travel free.

Types & Validities

Any 5 days out of the 14-day period from the date of issue (Flexible 5-day use)
* The date of issue refers to the date of pick-up for passes purchased overseas and the date of purchase for passes purchased in Japan.

The starting date of validity of the JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) cannot be changed.

Valid in Ordinary Class. Unlimited use of the ordinary car reserved seating on limited express trains (Shinkansen included), express trains, and local trains on JR EAST lines (BRT included), all Izu Kyuko lines, all Tokyo Monorail lines, all Aoimori Railway lines, all Iwate Galaxy Railway lines and all Sendai Airport Transit lines, within the free usage area. In addition, there is also unlimited use of the ordinary car reserved seating on limited express trains such as the Tobu Direct Limited Express “Nikko”, “SPACIA Nikko”, “Kinugawa”, ” SPACIA Kinugawa” trains, and the local trains between Shimo-Imaichi and Tobu-nikko / Kinugawa-onsen stations on the Tobu Railway lines.

Seat Reservations

Making Seat Reservations
Visit a JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi) or Travel Service Center (View Plaza), located in most major JR East stations, and present your JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) to reserve a seat.
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Additional Details

How to Exchange your E-ticket
JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) has to be collected at one of exchange offices in East Japan within 3 months from the travel date in the PNR. Passenger will need to have a valid paper or e-ticket, a valid passport with the entry status of “Temporary Visitor”. See the Exchange locations on the JR EAST Website.

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