Japan Travel Tips for Filipinos: How to Get a JR Pass in the Philippines?
Manila, Philippines — Japan is a dream destination for many Filipinos – which is why it isn’t surprising that many visit the country every year. A highly progressive place, Japan’s many locations are mainly connected through a rail system, many of which are operated by Japan Rail. By getting a Japan Rail (JR) pass, you’ll have the chance to board the transit at an unlimited number of times, allowing you to visit numerous locations such as Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, and more. Offered only to tourists, the JR Pass can be availed by Filipinos BEFORE they leave for Japan and would perhaps be the most cost-efficient method of traveling this beautiful country.
During our recent Osaka Fam Trip, Cebu Pacific partnered with JR-West Rail Pass for us to experience Japan’s famous World Class Rail System. We were given a Kansai Area Pass with two days’ validity which allowed us to visit Kyoto and other nearby areas. From Osaka, we were able to travel by rail to Kansai International Airport in little less than an hour using Kansai-airport Express HARUKA. So far, Its the most efficient railway system I have ever tried.
In this JR Pass Guide, we listed some frequently asked questions about how to obtain a JR Pass, How much, where to buy, Pass Validity and more.
What is the Japan Rail Pass?
Japan Rail Pass or simply JR Pass is a special discounted train ticket that will allow you to enjoy unlimited train trips using the six companies comprising the Japan Railways Group (JR Group). Japan Rail Pass is the most economical means of traveling throughout Japan by rail.
Who is eligible for a JAPAN RAIL PASS?
The Japan Rail Pass is only for tourists who have obtained a Japanese Tourist Visa, it is only available to non-Japanese people visiting Japan for a short time for tourism purposes.
Why Get a JR Pass
There are lots of reasons why a JR Pass would be better than buying your train tickets every time you board. For one thing, it’s more efficient and for another thing, these passes come with complete instructions as to the Japan train system. There’s an illustration that informs you about the slightly confusing rail system and how you can go about Japan without getting lost.
Who Can Buy JR Pass
You have to know that the JR Pass is only sold to foreign travelers who visit Japan with a “Temporary Visitor” status. What this means is that the JR Pass is not intended for those who are entering the country as an “Entertainer,” “Trainee,” or those with “Re-entry Permit” status.
Before you purchase, check first if you meet one of the following two qualifications:
- Foreign tourists visiting Japan for sightseeing purposes from foreign countries with a “Short Stay” immigration status.
- Japanese passport holders who have been residing outside of Japan for 10+ years are eligible to use a JR pass if they have 1) a valid Japanese passport and 2) a Copy of Overseas Residential Registration/Certificate of Overseas Residence from the embassy/legation of Japan in your foreign country of residence. Eligibility for use from June 1, 2017.
Where To Buy JR Pass In The Philippines
Note that you cannot buy the JR Pass the moment you enter Japan. Rather, you can buy it through these two options:
- You can get it from an accredited travel agency in the Philippines (see the list below) and
- You can purchase it online and it will be delivered to your doorstep.
In the Philippines, for instance, one can buy a JR Pass through the accredited agencies mentioned on this list. If you are buying one online, however, then you can grab it from Klook.com, which offers the lowest JR Pass rates in the market.
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Updated List of Accredited JR Pass Travel Agencies in Metro Manila and Cebu:
|JTB Corp.’s authorized travel agents||JTB ASIA PACIFIC PHIL. CORP. (MANILA OFFICE)||18/F, Unit 2, RCBC Savings Bank Corp. Center, 1634 Bonifacio South, BGC||TEL 02-894-5528|
|JTB TRAVEL SALOON – MALL OF ASIA||259-EM, SM Mall of Asia, J.W. Diokno Blvd., Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City|
|JTB TRAVEL SALOON VERTIS NORTH||4th floor Japan Town Retail 2 Level 4, Ayala Mall (Vertis North), Quezon City||TEL 02-932-5600|
|JTB TRAVEL SALOON GLORIETTA 3||Unit G3-315B, 3F Glorietta 3 Ayala Center Makati City||TEL 9988422118|
|ATTIC TOURS PHILS., INC||Unit 203 Coko Building, 1 Patio Madrigal Compound 2550 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay|
City, 1302, Metro Manila
|CTS TRAVEL RECOMMENDS INC.||Unit 703, 20th Drive Corporate Center (Jecoprime), 20th Drive, McKinley Business|
Park, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila, 1634
|FRIENDSHIP TOURS CEBU||Unit 215 A, Business Center B, Oakridge Business Park 880 A.S Fortuna St.,|
Banilad, Mandaue City
|FRIENDSHIP TOURS MANILA||3rd Floor Dusit Thani Hotel, Ayala Center, Makati City 1226||TEL(1) 02-8195644|
|HANA TOUR MANILA BRANCH||2F, Hanatour Manila Inc., Damon Bldg., Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City, Manila||TEL 02-856-9734|
|KNT-CT Holdings (Kintetsu international)||H.I.S.(Philippines)Travel Corp.||SERENDRA-Shopping Arcade 2F Serendra, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio|
Global, Taguig City, PHILIPPINES
|TEL (02) 915-0351|
FAX (02) 915-0354
|ARS DREAM TRAVEL AND TOURS, CORP||#1701 Metropolitan Tower, 1746 Mabini St. Malate, Metro-Manila, Philippines||TEL (63)2-525-7187|
|Attic Tours, Phils., Inc.||Unit203 Coko Bldg.1, Patio Madrigal2500, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City, PHILIPPINES||TEL (63)2556-6301|
|Nippon Travel Agency’s authorized travel|
|Miles Plus More Travel Co Inc / Discover Holidays||561 J. Nakpil Street, Malate Manila, Philippine||TEL 632-4043856|
|Discovery Tour Inc.||301 G/F Sagittarius Bldg., H.V Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City|
|Discovery Tour – Cebu Branch||Door No.203-A1 2nd Flr., Northgate Center Don Manuel Gotianuy Complex Gov.|
Cuenco Ave Banilad City Cebu Philippines
|RELI TOURS & TRAVEL||5th Floor Bridgeway SM Megamall Mandaluyong City, Philippines||TEL 632-894-1210|
|RAKSO TRAVEL||3/F Rico Bldg, 112 Aguirre St., Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229, Philippines||TEL 632-651 9000|
FAX 632 893 6084
|TOBU TOP TOURS’s authorized travel agents||VELTRA PHILIPPINES, INC.||Suite 2202 The Peak Tower, 107 Leviste St., Salcedo Village, Makati City|
|TEL ?63 2 887 7856|
|JALPAK Group’s authorized travel agents||Universal Holidays, Inc. Makati Office||Mezzanine Floor Dusit Thani Manila, Ayala Center, Makati City, Philippines||TEL 632-8593888|
|Universal Holidays, Inc. Cebu branch||2nd Level JY Square, IT Center 3 Salinas Drive corner Gorordo Avenue, Lahug,|
6000 Cebu Philippines
Japan Rail Pass Validity period
- The validity period of a JAPAN RAIL PASS is the consecutive 7, 14, or 21 days period beginning on the date the PASS is first used.
- Within three months from the date the Exchange Order was issued, you must turn in your Exchange Order to obtain your JAPAN RAIL PASS (for example, an Exchange Order issued on April 15 would have to be turned in by July 14). At that time, you have to specify the date that you want to start using the PASS. It can be any date within one month from the date the PASS is received.
- Once a starting date has been assigned to the PASS, it cannot be changed.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost depends on where you purchase the JR Pass. To narrow down your options, you may want to call the accredited agencies near you that are mentioned on this list. For those who are buying it online, specifically via Japan Rail Pass by Japan Experience, a seven-day JR Pass is priced at $277, a 14-day JR Pass costs $442 while a 21-day JR Pass carries a tag price of $566. Note that you may have to handle the shipping fees.
Types of JR Pass
Note that there are two types of JR Pass: Ordinary and Green Pass. The Green Pass is more expensive and gives you access to the roomier and more exclusive parts of the Bullet Train. Of course, with Japan being one of the most disciplined countries, Ordinary accommodation is every bit as clean and comfortable. Keep in mind that the rate for children and adults are different and it’s best to first inquire exactly how old children have to be for the reduced pass to apply.
How much is the JR Pass in PH?
For green car
For ordinary cars
The above table is the price list for the Japan Rail Pass exchange certificate. The actual price in local currency is converted by the BSR (bank selling rate) at the time of issuance of the exchange certificate. Please note that when you visit Japan, the exchange rate at the time of purchase may differ from the actual exchange rate at the date of the visit.
*Prices shown are accurate as of December 2019. Prices may change depending on where you buy your Japan Rail Pass.
Can I buy the Japan Rail Pass in Japan?
The Japan-wide Rail pass cannot be purchased in Japan, as it is exclusively for non-residents of Japan, and the nation-wide pass can only be purchased outside of Japan. However, all other regional rail passes may be purchased in Japan.
How to Activate and Claim your JR Pass?
How To Use Your JR Pass:
- Once activated, the JR Pass is valid only for 7/14/21 consecutive days within one month
- To board a train, show it to the staff at the train station ticket gate.
Flights from Manila to Osaka, Japan
Cebu Pacific, the largest airline in the Philippines, flies between Manila and Osaka five times weekly, with the lowest year-round fares starting from PHP6,399. Cebu Pacific also flies from Manila to Tokyo (Narita), Nagoya and Fukuoka, as well as from Cebu to Tokyo (Narita). Book its trademark lowest fares now through http://bit.ly/CEBOsakaflights or(+632)7020888, or follow its Facebook or Twitter pages for the latest seat sales.
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