JR East Pass - Tohoku Area : Details

JR East Pass (Tohoku Area) Information

The JR East Pass (Tohoku Area) allows for unlimited travel on local, limited express and express trains including Shinkansen trains on the following rail company lines:

JR East Lines (including BRT*)

Izu Kyuko Line

Aoimori Railway

Iwate Galaxy Railway (IGR)

Tokyo Monorail

Sendai Airport Transit

The following limited express trains that directly run between the JR East lines and Tobu Railway lines: the Nikko, the SPACIA Nikko, the Kinugawa, and the SPACIA Kinugawa.

The pass can be used for travel on local and rapid trains between Shimo-imaichi and Tobu-nikko/Kinugawa-onsen on Tobu Railway Lines. Between Kurihashi and Shimo-imaichi Stations, the pass may be used only on limited express trains that connect directly with Tobu Railway Lines.**

The JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) is NOT VALID for the Tokaido Shinkansen as that is operated by a different rail company.

GALA Yuzawa Station is in operation only in winter and spring.

Special operating intervals and trains may be in service to meet the needs in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

The JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) is NOT VALID for JR buses.

* Bus rapid transit.
**The JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) may be used for Tobu Railway Lines as long as either the departing or destination station is on a JR line.


  • Valid for any 5 day within a 14 day period.
  • Passes are only valid in Ordinary class.
  • Children under six years of age may travel free of charge if they do not occupy a seat i.e. are seated on their parent's lap. (One child per adult only) Otherwise, they will need a Child Rail Pass.
  • It is not possible to purchase point to point tickets for trains in Japan from Australia or New Zealand.

Exchanging your voucher for your actual JR East pass:

Rail Europe will issue an Exchange Order which must be presented in a JR Station in East Japan. Click here for a list of JR Exchange Offices.


Your Exchange Order will be an e-ticket. Print out a copy that shows the details of the e-ticket (name, reservation number) and take it with you.

The Exchange Order must be redeemed for a JR EAST PASS within three months of Exchange Order issuance.

After arriving in Japan, you can use the pass on any five days within a 14-day period starting with the date of purchase or exchange in Japan. You do not have to determine your five travel dates at the time of purchase or exchange. For example, if you purchase your pass or get it by exchange on August 1, you can show the pass at a station on any five days between August 1 and August 14 and it will be stamped as valid for use on that day.

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 to reserve a seat.


JR EAST PASS (Tohoku Area)