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Enter Japan with the status ‘Temporary Visitor ‘ which is an authorization for people visiting Japan for tourism and staying for less than 90 days.
In order to receive or use JAPAN RAIL PASS, your passport must bear this stamp or sticker.
Foreign tourists (specifically U.S. passport holders)
New eligibility requirements for sales of an Exchange Order for JAPAN RAIL PASS starting June 1, 2017
People who have both their Japanese passport and written proof—obtained from the embassy or legation of Japan in the foreign country where they live—that they have been living legally in the country for 10 consecutive years or more.
You must present both your passport and proof of eligibility to purchase an Exchange Order in a country other than Japan, and to exchange your Exchange Order for a JAPAN RAIL PASS in Japan.
You cannot use a photocopy of your passport to purchase an Exchange Order or to exchange your Exchange Order for a JAPAN RAIL PASS.
You can purchase an Exchange Order and exchange it for a JAPAN RAIL PASS only if your stay in the country for 10 consecutive years or more is verified by such written proof.
Even if you visit Japan with an Exchange Order, to be turned in for a JAPAN RAIL PASS (hereinafter “JRP”), the exchange cannot be made unless you have "Temporary Visitor" status; if you enter Japan under any other official status, such as "Trainee," "Entertainer," "Reentry Permit," or " Military (even Veteran)," you cannot exchange the voucher for a JRP. Please note that according to strict interpretation of the Japanese Immigration Law, "Temporary Visitor" status differs even from other types of stay that are also only for short time periods.
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