JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

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Hop on a high-speed bullet train and enjoy travel between Tokyo and the North-East area of the main island, including travel aboard the Tohoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Joetsu Shinkansen and Hokuriku Shinkansen. Make your way from Tokyo all the way to Aomori, to visit Hirosaki Castle and Park.

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).


Anyone who possesses a passport issued by a country other than Japan. Note: Type of visa will not be checked.

Pre-booking time

3 Months



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


Infants 0-5 travel free.

Types & Validities

5 consecutive days

From the date of purchase, the pass voucher must be exchanged in Japan within 3 months. On the date of exchange in Japan, the user will need to select a start date within 1 month from that date. The user then has 5 consecutive days to use their pass as of the start date.

Note: This pass has been changed from a flexible pass, any 5 consecutive days within the 14-day period from issuance, to a consecutive pass.

Unlimited rides within the pass area on ordinary car reserved seating on local (including rapid), express, and limited express (including Shinkansen) trains on all lines of the JR East (including BRT), Izu Kyuko, Tokyo Monorail, Aoimori Rail, Iwate Galaxy Railway, and Sendai Airport lines, in addition to ordinary car reserved seating on the Nikko, Spacia Nikko, Kinugawa, and Spacia Kinugawa limited express trains operated jointly by JR East and Tobu Railway. The pass can also be used on some JR East bus services.

Seat Reservations

Making Seat Reservations
Seats can be reserved without an extra charge. Visit the “JR-EAST Train Reservation” website for details.

To reserve a seat at a station, insert the rail pass into the JR East Reserved Seat Ticket Vending Machines (Note that some rail passes issued at certain ticket offices will not support this service. Seat reservations are still available at ticket counters as well). * Reservations cannot be made for the Tokaido & Sanyo Shinkansen, or for the Kyushu Shinkansen. This site is not available for tickets to Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and other cities on those lines.

Additional Details

How to Exchange your E-ticket
JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) has to be collected at one of the 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 and a valid passport. See the Exchange locations on the JR EAST Website.


JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)
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Darrell HigbeeNovember 27, 2018
Very good experience. From the purchase of the ticket at the counter, to the ease of boarding and how clean and spacious the train was. Plenty of space for luggage. Great views as you look out the windows while you travel.
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