JR East
Discover Eastern Japan

JR East passes are ideal for inter-city travel from Tokyo and eastwards towards major destinations like Niigata, Nagano, Sendai, Aomori, Nikko, Izu, GALA Yuzawa Snow Resort and more—even all the way up (east) to Hakodate in Hokkaido.

JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area)

Flexible five-day pass: you can use the pass on any five days within a 14-day period

starting with the date of purchase or exchange in Japan.


Recommended for travelers travelling between Tokyo, Nagano,

Niigata, Karuizawa and Gala Yuzawa resort


Pass can be used on shinkansen, Narita Express and Tokyo Monorail.



Places of Interest Nagano Niigata Area​​

  • Echigo-Yuzawa
Access: Echigo-Yuzawa Station
GALA Yuzawa is a ski resort located only 77 minutes from Tokyo. The ski center immediately outside the ticket gate offers a full array of ski gear and clothing. After a day of winter sports, the area offers hot springs and accommodations for relaxation. In summer, the Echigo-Yuzawa area offers fishing, trekking, camping and other fun activities.

  • Niigata
Access: Niigata Station.
Sandwiched between the great Shinano and Agano Rivers, Niigata Prefecture flourished during the Edo Period as an important stop for ships travelling from Osaka to the northern portions of Japan. This resulted in the development of a unique variety of food and culture. Of particular note are the abundance of seafood from the Sea of Japan and the sake brewing developed for the plenitude of rice in the region.

  • Sado Island
Access: Niigata Station.
Sado Island can be reached from Niigata Port in about 60 minutes by jetfoil. Most of the island is designated as national or prefectural parkland, preserving the beautiful natural scenery. A special treat to enjoy is the old-fashioned taraiboats, essentially washtubs used for boats, as well as the ocean views. A visit to the old gold mine is another attraction, where visitors take a trip back in time when Sado was known as the Island of Yellow Gold.

  • Nagano – Zenkoji Temple
Access: Nagano Station.
Located a 15-minute bus ride from Nagano Station is Zenkoji Temple, whose 1400-year-old main building is a designated national treasure. Not affiliated with a particular Buddhist sect, it is visited by a wide range of people. A popular treat in Nagano is the oyaki, a dumpling unique to the area, made with wheat or buckwheat flour for the outside bun. Typical fillings change with the seasons, but include vegetables and a bean paste.

JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)

Flexible five-day pass: you can use the pass on any five days within a 14-day period

starting with the date of purchase or exchange in Japan.


Recommended for travelers travelling between

Tokyo and Aomori, Nikko, Sendai, Akita, Fukushima


Pass valid on the shinkansen, Narita Express and Tokyo Monorail.

Pass can be used in Izu and Nikko on certain non-JR trains as well.


Places of Interest Tohoku Area

  • Oirase Stream / Lake Towada
Access: Hachinohe Station.
The Oirase Stream is a 14-kilometer stretch of water from Lake Towada to Mount Yake, and is known for the purity of its water. Lake Towada is famous for the clarity of its water. It is surrounded by untouched forests, whose trees turn to brilliant colors in autumn.

  • Hiraizumi – Chusonji Temple
Access: Ichinoseki Station
Hiraizumi is a town located in the southern part of Iwate Prefecture. Home to the powerful Hiraizumi Fujiwaras, this region blossomed as a cultural and political center of Japan around the end of the eleventh century. Also located here is Chusonji Temple, built in 850 and one of seven National Treasures located in Hiraizumi.

  • Morioka – Mount Iwate
Access: Morioka Station
Morioka flourished as a castle town in old times as a part of the Morioka Domain. Blessed with such natural features as Mount Iwate and the Kitakami River, one of the tourist draws of Morioka is its Sansa Odori dance festival. Located 40 minutes from Morioka is Koiwai Farm, a popular place for visitors to visit the farm animals.

  • Aomori – Nebuta Festival
Access: Shin-Aomori Station, then transfer to the Ou Line to Aomori Station.
The Aomori Nebuta Festival in August is one of Japan’s fire festivals and is well known throughout the world. Through the streets travels a float with a warrior figure known as the Nebuta. Illuminating the float is a lantern, and around the float, hayashi musicians play instruments while haneto dancers perform, all the while chanting, “rasse, rasse,” filling the town with joy to celebrate the short Aomori summer.

How to purchase

Before leaving for Japan, purchase an Exchange Order (e-ticket) at H.I.S. Travel.

Note : Different passes are valid for different areas. Please verify your desired destinations and the valid area (Tohoku or Nagano/Niigata) before purchase


After you arrive in Japan, take your Exchange Order (e-ticket) to an exchange location. Your passport is required. You will receive your JR EAST PASS (Tohoku or Nagano/Niigata) after confirmation of eligibility.Your actual personal passport is required for the pass exchange. Passport copies cannot be accepted.​


Select any five days within 14 days of issuance, including that day, when you want to use the JR EAST PASS (Tohoku or Nagano/Niigata). You do not have to designate your five days of use when purchasing.



The JR EAST PASS (Tohoku or Nagano/Niigata) is available exclusively for visitors from abroad who enter Japan under the entry status of “Temporary Visitor”. Both of the below two conditions must be met for purchase and use.

– The pass user must have a passport issued by a country other than Japan. (日本国籍のお客様は使用できません。)
– The pass user must enter Japan as a temporary visitor and have “Temporary Visitor” stamped in their passport as shown at right.

The status of temporary visitor is established in Japanese immigration law and permits stays in the country of up to 90 days for purposes such as sightseeing. Visitors desiring to enter Japan for sightseeing will receive a stamp, as shown at right, saying “Temporary Visitor” in their passport by the immigration officer.
– The passport immigration stamp must be presented for confirmation when exchanging for or purchasing a JR EAST PASS (Tohoku or Nagano/Niigata) in Japan.
– If the above conditions cannot be confirmed as being met, travelers may not be allowed to purchase a pass or redeem an Exchange Order (e-ticket) for a pass. Also, please carry your passport when using your pass. It may be required by JR staff for identity confirmation.
– Visitors with dual citizenship in Japan and another country will not be able to use a JR EAST PASS (Tohoku or Nagano/Niigata) if they entered Japan with their Japanese passport.
– A JR EAST PASS (Tohoku or Nagano/Niigata) cannot be purchased if the period of stay in Japan noted in the passport is shorter than the validity period of the pass.

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