Discount Passes Only Available To International Passport Holders

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June 1, 2015

This post will list several discounts available only to foreign passport holders in Japan. Please note that most of these discounts are only for short-term visitors. A few discounts, however, are available to short-term and long-term visa holders alike. Be sure to check the details on for whom the discount is valid, on how the discount can be used and on how to obtain the discount.

Transportation

JR Group’s Japan Rail Pass

  • Eligibility: Temporary foreign visitors and certain Japanese nationals
  • Description: Discount ticket for unlimited use of almost all JR Group Railways trains and use of several other company trains, some JR buses, and some ferries for 7 to 21 consecutive days
  • Cost: 29,110 yen for adult for 7-day ordinary pass (see website for child rates, green luxury car rates and rates for longer use)
  • Web: Japan Rail Pass

N’EX Tokyo Direct Ticket

  • Eligibility: Foreign passport holders
  • Description: One-way discount ticket for normal seat on N’EX train from Narita Airport to Tokyo, Omiya, etc. (but not vice versa)
  • Cost: 4,000 for adult ticket (Normal price: 4,940 yen)

Tokyo Metro’s WELCOME! Tokyo Subway Ticket

  • Eligibility: Temporary foreign visitors
  • Description: Discount ticket for unlimited use of Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines for 1 to 3 days with a one-way ticket from Haneda Airport to Sengakuji Station (Keikyu Line)
  • Cost: 1,200 yen for adult 1-day ticket
  • Web: WELCOME! Tokyo Subway Ticket

More train discount information:

Some places in Japan are really only accessible by car. You can take advantage of limited-time discounts on tolls with the ETC (Electronic Toll Collection) passes:

ETC Passes for Foreign Visitors

Several airline companies have gotten in on the foreign passport discount game. Below are just a few of those offers.

JAL’s oneworld Yokoso/Visit Japan Fare

  • Eligibility: Foreign visitors residing outside of Japan
  • Description: Domestic airplane tickets from 1 up to 5 designated “sectors”
  • Cost: 10,800 yen per sector
  • Web: oneworld Yokoso/Visit Japan Fare

ANA’s Star Alliance Japan Airpass Fare

  • Eligibility: Foreign visitors residing outside of Japan
  • Description: Domestic airplane tickets from 1 up to 5 designated “sectors”
  • Cost: 10,800 yen per sector
  • Star Alliance Japan Airpass Fare

More airline discount information:

JNTO Domestic Air Service Discount List

Welcome Cards/Area Passes

Many cities and areas have welcome cards or area passes, some of which are only offered to foreign visitors. These passes typically include unlimited use of local transportation as well as shop discounts and free or discounted entrance to area attractions. A few foreigner tourist-only (or Japanese non-resident) passes include the Kansai Thru Pass and the Fuji-Hakone Pass.

More Welcome Card and Area Pass information:

JNTO Welcome Card List
JNTO Railways and Buses List (includes many area passes)

Tourist Information Centers

Tourist information centers are a great source for finding even more deals aimed at travelers. In addition to discounts, the information centers may be able to find you free or inexpensive experiences, such as area festivals or woodblock printing lessons in English.

Web: Tourist Information Offices Website

The thrifty foreign visitor will also want to look into tax-free shopping, free foreign-language tours, and free wifi for temporary visitors.

Have you tried any of the passes aimed at foreign visitors?

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