Best Japan Rail Pass in Australia for 2019

Japan Rail Pass Australia

In the modern era there are a great range of global options to easily purchase a Japan Rail Pass in Australia.  A JR Pass can be purchased for either a 7 day, 14 day or 21 day period, for either first class or second class.  During the period that the pass is active is a very cost effective option to ride on the Japan trains, including both the bullet train or shinkansen between cities and locations, as well as on local JR trains within each city.

In the past the options to purchase a JR Pass Australia were limited to providers located within Australia, however over the past few years the options to purchase your JR Rail Pass have expanded to enable options to purchase through global suppliers.  In most cases from the point of finalising your order you should receive your Japanese Rail Pass Exchange Order by courier within 3-5 business days, regardless of the location of your provider. 

We recommend that you place your Japan Rail Pass order at least two weeks prior to your date of departure from Australia, to enable your physical Exchange Order to be delivered prior to your departure date.

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Best Options to Buy your JR Pass Japan in Australia

We have three preferred providers to enable you to buy Japan Rail Pass Australia.  Each of these providers are reputable global providers and authorised dealers of JR Passes which are a great Japan train pass option for tourists.

We regularly get questions about where is the best place to buy a Japan Rail Pass in Australian, including specific focus on delivery options to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra Adelaide, Darwin and Hobart.  The three options I have detailed above all provide delivery options for Australian capital cities and regional areas.

See further information below about the specifics of how to book your JR pass through each of our recommended providers.

How to Purchase Your JR Pass Australia through Klook

Klook is a reputable online travel agency who are based in Hong Kong and are very well known throughout Asia. Klook is currently the cheapest option to purchase Japan Rail Passes in Australia.  Klook offers a great service to deliver your JR Rail Pass to Australia within 7 business days with free delivery

We ordered our JR Passes through Klook for our recent trip to Japan, and were excited to see our Japan Rail Pass Exchange Orders delivered to our home in Sydney within 3 business days!  We then went on to use our JR Passes across Japan with no issues and had a great experience.

To order your JR pass through Klook, first decide whether you want to buy a 7 Day, 14 Day or 21 Day JR Pass, and whether you plan to travel in First Class (Green Class) or Second Class (Ordinary Class).  Klook has each JR pass option for sale on separate pages, so after you click on this link, you will then need to click through to your preferred option.  Once you are on the correct page on Klook, you can then select your planned date of travel, and the quantity of adult and child passes that you plan to purchase.  Note that you need to select the option at the bottom of the list of country delivery options to select delivery to Australia.

Klook JR Pass Options for Australian Delivery
Klook JR Pass Options for Australian Delivery

Once you have the right details, you can then select to add to your shopping cart, and then continue shopping until you are ready to finalise your purchase.  Prior to making payment you need to add the details of your delivery address, as well as the names and passport details for each person requiring a Japan Rail Pass.

Klook has a very easy process to finalise your purchase using either a credit card, debit card or PayPal.  Once you have completed the purchase process, you will quickly receive a confirmation email confirming your details and the process to receive your exchange order within 7 business days.

Once you have received your physical Exchange Order, after you arrive in Japan you can then activate your JR Pass at one of the specified train stations.  Note that you can activate your Japan Rail Pass at any time and select the date of activation (even if it is a few days later), and at the same time you can also reserve seats on your preferred trains.

Klook makes the process very easy, and are also a very cost effective option.

Click here to check out pricing and book your Japan Rail Pass through Klook for delivery to Australia

How to Buy Your Japan Rail Pass Australia through Voyagin

Voyagin is a reputable online travel agency which is located in Japan and are very well known in Japan and many other Asian countries.  Voyagin offers a great service to deliver your Japan Bullet Train Pass to Australia within a short time period.

To order your JR Pass through Voyagin, first decide whether you want to buy a 7 Day, 14 Day or 21 Day JR Pass, and whether you plan to travel in First Class (Green Class) or Second Class (Ordinary Class).  Click here to open the Voyagin Japan Rail Pass Page which includes all JR Pass options.  Select your preferred pass option and then select your date of travel and the number of adult and child passes you require.  Once you have the correct details, you then select the option to add to your shopping cart, and then continue shopping until you are ready to finalise your purchase. 

Voyagin Japan Rail Pass Page
Voyagin Japan Rail Pass Page

When you visit your Voyagin shopping cart, you will see an additional option to select delivery world wide to any country except for Japan or for pickup at the Voyagin office in Shibuya, Tokyo, so choose the ‘any country’ option at that point in the process, unless you want to have it delivered to your hotel in Japan. 

Voyagin has a very easy process to finalise your purchase using either a credit card, debit card or PayPal.  Once you have completed the purchase process, you will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours confirming details and the process to receive your exchange order within 3-5 business days from provision of all required delivery information.  If your selected date is more than 1 month in the future, Voyagin will wait until 1 month before your selected date before printing and shipping the Exchange Order. 

Voyagin Shopping Cart Add Ons for JR Passes for Australian Delivery
Voyagin Shopping Cart Add Ons for JR Passes for Australian Delivery

Once you have received your physical Exchange Order, after you arrive in Japan you can then activate your JR Pass at one of the specified train stations – please note that you can activate your Japan Rail Pass at any time and select the date of activation (even if it is a few days later), and at the same time you can also reserve seats on your preferred trains.

Voyagin makes the process very easy, and are also a very cost effective option.

Click here to check out pricing and book your Japan Rail Pass through Voyagin for delivery to Australia

How to Buy your JR Pass Australia through JRailPass.com

JRailPass.com is a reputable online JR Pass seller who are located in Spain.  We have worked with JRailPass.com for over 18 months now and have many satisfied customers for their Japan Rail Pass services.  JRailpass.com offers a great service to deliver your Japan Rail Pass to Australia within a short time period.

To order your JR Pass through JRailPass.com, first decide whether you want to buy a 7 Day, 14 Day or 21 Day JR Pass, and whether you plan to travel in First Class (Green Class) or Second Class (Ordinary Class).  Click here to see the JRailPass.com page which includes each option

JRailPass.com Home Page
JRailPass.com Home Page

Select your preferred pass option and then select your date of travel and the number of adult passes you require.  Once you have the correct details, you then select the option to ‘Book Now’.  If you also require child passes, then press back to return to the home screen.  Click on the ‘See prices for children (ages 6-11) link underneath the pricing table to see the child pass prices, and from there select the quantity and type of pass you require.  The click the ‘Book now’ button.  On the next page you should now see the total adult and child passes in your cart. 

The next step is to fill in the details for each traveller as well as your delivery address for your Exchange Passes.  Once you have completed these sections and click the ‘Next’ button, JRailPass.com will then show the final pricing including delivery to Australia.  JRailPass.com has cheaper delivery pricing for higher value orders.

JRailPass.com has a very easy process to then finalise your purchase using either a credit card, debit card, PayPal or Wire transfer.  Once you have completed the purchase process, you will quickly receive a confirmation email confirming details.  JRailPass.com process all orders within one business day of the order being placed, and use UPS and Fedex to courier your Exchange Orders within 3-4 business days. 

Note that over time we have had occasional issues reported by customers where they did not receive a confirmation email from JRailPass.com – in all cases when I suggested that they check their Junk Email folder they have found the confirmation email :).  

Once you have received your physical Exchange Order, after you arrive in Japan you can then activate your JR Pass at one of the specified train stations – please note that you can activate your Japan Rail Pass at any time and select the date of activation (even if it is a few days later), and at the same time you can also reserve seats on your preferred trains.

JRailPass.com makes the process very easy, and are also a very cost effective option.

Click here to check out pricing and book your Japan Rail Pass through JRailPass.com for delivery to Australia

Shinkansen Schedule Board in Japan
Shinkansen Schedule Board in Japan

Japan Rail Pass Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Japan Rail Pass Australia Cheapest Option?

A frequently asked question is which is the cheapest option to purchase a JR pass in Australia.  Over time each supplier adjusts their prices and delivery packages, so our recommendation is to obtain pricing from all three providers we have recommended above to identify which one has the most cost effective pricing at the time you plan to make your purchase.

Is a Japan Rail Pass Worth It?

A frequently asked questions is whether a Japan Rail Pass vs individual tickets is worthwhile.  A 7 Day Japan Rail Pass is cheaper than the cost to purchase return bullet train or shinkansen tickets from Tokyo to Kyoto.  Therefore, if your itinerary plan is to travel further than that then it will be good value.  Also remember that you can use your JR Pass for all local Japan Rail trains within cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and many more locations, so you will receive additional value when you use your pass for these transport options.

A key tip is to plan your itinerary to include as many of your longer trips within either a 7 day, 14 day or 21 day period to maximise the value of your pass.

Should I book a Japan Rail Pass First Class or Second Class?

A frequently asked question is whether to book either a JR Rail Pass First Class (or Green Class) pass.  It comes down to whether you think a Japan Rail Pass Green is worth it.

Second Class (Ordinary Class) is a comfortable spacious seat which includes a power point.  We used Ordinary Class for our last trip and will be using it again for our upcoming trip to Japan.  We have found it to be quite comfortable for long distance travel.  Second Class passes enable you to use both the reserved and unreserved carriages – and the pass includes the option to reserve your seat, but you can also choose to just hop on and off as you wish.

The Green Class carriages are another level of comfort above the second class option require a seat reservation, however you can also use the pass to travel in the Second Class unreserved carriages if you prefer not to pre-reserve your seat.

At the end of the day I think if you can afford it a Green Class pass is worth the splurge, but from a functional perspective you will also travel very comfortably in second class.

Does My Child Need a JR Pass?

Children aged up to the age of 5 years old can travel for free on JR trains where they are travelling on the lap of an single adult.  If you want to be able to reserve a separate seat for your child you will need to purchase a JR Pass. 

If you are a single adult travelling with more than two children up to the age of 5 years old you will need to purchase a Japan Rail Pass for each additional child.

What is Included and Excluded in My JR Pass?

A Japan Rail JR Pass enables you to take unlimited rides on specific trains, buses and ferries in Japan as detailed below.

Railway Inclusions.  A Japan Rail JR Pass includes:

  • Unlimited rides on all JR group railways, which includes shinkansen bullet trains, limited express trains, express trains, rapid trains, local trains and the BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), and the Tokyo Monorail.
  • Travel on the “HIKARI,” “SAKURA,” “KODAMA,” or “TSUBAME” shinkansen trains.
  • Reserved seats on shinkansen trains are included at no extra change. To make a reservation you can go to the ticket office at the departure station to obtain your reserved seat ticket.  Note that during crowded periods you cannot be guaranteed a seat on a specific train, so plan to book ahead if travelling during these time periods.  Crowded periods include 27 April – 6 May, 11-20 August, 28 December to 6 January.
  • If you use the GranClass car of the Tohoku, Hokkaido, and Hokuriku Shinkansen, you must pay the limited express charge and the GranClass car surcharge.
  • Passengers using JR trains on non-JR lines must pay additional fares and charges for sections traveled on such lines, because some JR trains use the lines of other companies railways for direct services.

Railway Exclusions.  A Japan Rail JR Pass does not include:

  • Train rides on the Nozomi and Mizuho shinkansen trains.
  • The Aomori Railway between Aomori and Hachinohe, the IR Ishikawa Railway, between Kanazawa and Tsubata and the Ainokaze Toyama Railway between Toyama and Takaoka each have some special conditions. If you plan to travel to these areas check the specific rules for these options.

Bus Inclusions.  A Japan Rail JR Pass includes unlimited rides on all local JR Bus lines, and validity is subject to change at any time.  JR bus lines include JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus, West Japan JR Bus, Chugoku JR Bus, JR Shikoku Bus and JR Kyushu Bus.

Bus Exclusions.  A Japan Rail JR Pass does not include:

  • Travel on Express Bus routes operated by JR Bus

Ferry Inclusions.  A Japan Rail JR Pass includes travel on the JR-WEST Miyajima ferry between Miyajima and Miyajimaguchi.  Miyajima Island is a major tourist attraction close to Hiroshima.

Ferry Exclusions.  A Japan Rail JR Pass does not include travel on the JR-Kyushu hydrofoil ferry service between Hakata and Busan (South Korea).

Is Narita Express or N’EX covered by the Japan Rail JR Pass?

The Narita Express or N’EX provides fast transport between Narita Airport and Tokyo in less than one hour.  The major stations where it stops are Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro and Yokohama stations.  The Narita Express is included in your Japan Rail JR Pass.

For more information about whether the Narita Express is the best option to get from Narita to Tokyo I suggest you check out our article on best options to transfer from Narita Airport to Tokyo.

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