Japan Rail Pass

Where and how to validate / receive your Japan Rail Pass

You’ve got a voucher for your Japan Rail Pass. Great! But where and how can you validate / receive the pass?   Midori-no-madoguchi Bring your voucher to a JR (Japan Railroad Company) counter located at major JR train stations called Midori-no Madoguchi, which literally means “Green Counter”. They will know what you want if you show the voucher, but try saying “onegai shimasu” along with showing the voucher. It is a useful and polite expression in Japanese meaning “please do this for me” that you can use almost everywhere you go in Japan. You can just say “onegai shimasu” or use is in place for please like “shio-ramen onegai shimasu”. [...]