Japan Bus Pass is an unlimited bus pass available for individuals with passports from outside of Japan. It can be purchased even after arriving in Japan. It is recommended for travelers to Japan, international students, and long-term residents.
Choose any 3, 5, or 7 days within two months, and travel in Japan with an unlimited ride pass.
- Sleep during the ride on our overnight highway buses and save time.
- Choose any dates within two months from purchase. Dates selected for using the pass do not have to be consecutive. Purchase it online through our website from anywhere in the world. Booking buses using Japan Bus Pass is done from our website, too.
- All Routes Pass enables you to book up to three buses a day for 3 days ONLY from 10,200 yen!
The following routes are currently not available with the Japan Bus Pass.
- Narita Shuttle Ikebukuro Route
Please check the eligible routes carefully before purchasing Japan Bus Pass.
How to use Japan Bus Pass
Check routes from "Search with Bus Pass" button.
Select the type of pass you want and click the "Purchase" button. You need to sign in or register as a new WILLER member (free). The payment is only acceptable with a credit card.
Log in to My Page and go to "Bus Pass Management" to book a bus with Japan Bus Pass. Once a booking is complete, a reservation confirmation email that includes all necessary information will be sent to you.
If you want to check your booking details or the boarding location again, please check it either from the email or My Page.
Advantages of Japan Bus Pass
Sleep during the ride on our overnight highway buses and save time.
With our overnight buses, you can sleep while traveling to your destination and you can make the most out of your day. If you have the image of highway buses as narrow uncomfortable seats, and exhausting, try WILLER EXPRESS. You will find very comfortable seats for you to travel in.
Choose any dates you want within two months and usage dates do not have to be consecutive. Japan Bus Pass can be purchased online from Japan or from overseas, and booking is available from our website.
The usage dates for Jpan Bus Pass do not have to be consecutive, such as April 5, 6, and 7. It can be April 5, 25, and May 15 if it is within two months from the purchase date. Please note that there are blackout dates. Also, you don't even need to pick up any ticket or check in before boarding the bus. Book from our website and once it is complete, all you need to do is to go to the boarding place on the departure date.
All Routes Pass enables you to book up to three buses a day for 3 days at ONLY from 10,200 yen!
on January 11, 2017
Travel by express bus (depart from Tokyo at 06:55 → arrive in Nagoya at 12:45) - Lunch - Travel by express bus (depart from Nagoya at 15:40 → Arrive in Osaka at 18:50) - Dinner around Umeda - Travel by express bus (depart from Osaka at 22:00 → Arrive in Fukuoka at 08:40 on the next day)
This is a one-way-only example.
The ordinary fare can vary depending on the dates, bus companies and seat types.
Available seat types
This seat type comes equipped with a canopy to cover your face for extra privacy while sleeping. It is very popular among young Japanese women. Legs can be comfortably stretched under the seat in front. Some buses with this seat type even offer restrooms on board for maximum comfort.
4 seats in a row are a standard seat type in Japan. Since WILLER offers various companies' buses, the actual seat type may be different from the photo. (Hiroshima - Osaka/Kyoto Daytime Bus Pass is not available for this seat type.)
Example on how to use Japan Bus Pass
Example with a 3-day Monday to Thursday Pass
July 1 (Mon)
Leave Tokyo at 19:55
Arrive at Hiroshima at 09:15
Average fare for this trip without using the Pass: 7,400 yen
Stay two nights in Hiroshima
July 4 (Wed)
Leave Hiroshima at 22:30
Arrive at Kyoto at 07:05
Average fare for this trip without using the Pass: 4,380 yen
Stay one night in Kyoto, go to Osaka by train
July 5 (Thu)
Leave Osaka at 07:30
Arrive at Nagoya at 10:20
Average fare for this trip without using the Pass: 2,500 yen
Leave Nagoya at 22:50
Arrive at Tokyo at 04:50
Average fare for this trip without using the Pass: 3,000 yen
Notes: This is a one-way only example. The ordinary fare can vary depending on the dates, bus company and seat type.
- July 1 (Mon)
Cancel and refund
Change or cancel a bus booking
- If you change/cancel your Bus Pass booking before departure time, the Bus Pass portion for that date will go back to "unused" status.
- You cannot change/cancel your Bus Pass booking after departure time.
Which bus routes are available with Japan Bus Pass?
All routes operated by WILLER EXPRESS or STAR EXPRESS are available with Bus Pass. See the list of the available routes on this page or search a bus on the Bus Pass search page.https://willerexpress.com/st/3/en/pc/buspass/search.php
If I take an overnight bus ride, is it counted as 2 days?
The overnight bus ride is counted as 1 day only. For instance, if you take a bus on Jan 1 evening and arrive on Jan 2 morning, it is counted as the bus on Jan 1st.
Is there anything I need to show at the pick-up location?
At the pick-up location, please show the bus driver your reservation confirmation email and your passport for boarding.
If I have a Japan Bus Pass, can I take a bus without reservation?
You must make online reservations with Japan Bus Pass in advance. Otherwise, please pay for the new ticket on the spot.
Am I eligible for purchasing a Japan Bus Pass?
Japan Bus Pass can be used by all foreigners, regardless of visa or length of stay. People with foreign passport can purchase Japan Bus Pass even after arriving in Japan. We may ask you to show passport.
|Japan Bus Pass
MON to THU Pass
|Japan Bus Pass
ALL Day Pass
|Validity||Two months from the date of purchase|
|Available seat types||WILLER EXPRESS, STAR EXPRESS
|The maximum number of available buses per a day||3 buses|
|Available time||All buses|