The Japan Rail Pass is a special ticket that is available only to travelers visiting Japan from foreign countries for sight-seeing. You are eligible to purchase a Japan Rail Pass if you meet one of the following two conditions:
1. You are a foreign tourist visiting Japan from abroad for sight-seeing under the entry status of "temporary visitor"
"Temporary visitor" entry status, according to Japanese Immigration Law, allows a stay in Japan of 1 to 90 days (depending on your nationality) for "sightseeing, etc." When entering the country you should enter "sightseeing or tourism" as your reason for visiting Japan. Entry personnel will then stamp your passport "temporary visitor". Only persons who have a passport bearing this stamp can use a JAPAN RAIL PASS.
Caution: Even if you visit Japan with an Exchange Order, to be turned in for a JR Pass, the exchange cannot be made unless you have "temporary visitor" status; if you enter Japan under any other official status, such as "trainee" or "entertainer", you can not change the Exchange Order for a JR Pass. Please note that according to strict interpretation of the Japanese Immigration Law, "temporary visitor" status differs even from other types of stays that are also for only short time periods.
2. You are a Japanese national living in a foreign country who is qualified to live permanently in that country, or has been living in that country for ten or more years, or is married to a non-Japanese residing in a country other than Japan.