The Japan Rail Pass, which provides unlimited travel riding JR trains (including the shinkansen bullet train) for a period of one, two or three weeks, is a highly convenient and cost effective way for visitors to explore as much of the country as possible during their stay. Up until now, the JR Rail Passes have only been available to foreign visitors, but the East Japan Railway Company will soon be releasing the first-ever JR Rail Pass for foreign residents in Japan.

The new "JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020" is a limited pass to promote travel around the Tohoku and Kanto regions of Japan within the country's international community. During the available period, foreign passport holders (regardless of their visa status) can enjoy unlimited rides on JR East trains (including shinkansen and limited express) for three consecutive days.

・Period of use: October 16, 2020 (Friday) -February 28, 2021 (Sunday)

・Period of sales: October 16, 2020 (Friday) -February 26, 2021 (Friday)

・Prices: 12,000 yen (6,000 yen for child)

・Eligibility: Customers holding a passport issued by a country other than Japan.

Validity:Unlimited rides on Shinkansen, limited express trains and local trains on JR East lines under the jurisdiction of JR East for 3 consecutive days during the set period.

・Unlimited-ride Area:Tohoku・Yamagata・Akita・Joetsu・ Hokuriku Shinkansen(between Tokyo and Joetsumyoko ) JR East Lines (including BRT), Aoimori Railway Line, Iwate Galaxy Railway(IGR) Line, Sanriku Railway Line, Echigo TOKImeki Railway Line (between Myoko-Kogen and Naoetsu), Shinano Railway Line

Source: JR East

You can find more details regarding the pass and purchase availability at the official website. Below is a map of unlimited travel areas and lines for reference.

By - Big Neko.