How to use JR-West
Facilities and Services
How can I receive a purchase receipt?
Receipts are generally available when you buy a ticket.
If you forgot to pick up your receipt, or if you lost your receipt, you can receive a replacement receipt by presenting your JR-WEST ticket at a JR-WEST ticket office. (JR-WEST can only provide replacement receipts for tickets purchased from JR-WEST.)
How do I find out about remaining seats on a particular service?
Ask a station staff at a JR-WEST Ticket Office. Displays in JR-WEST Ticket Offices also provide information on remaining seats. A mark means there are still seats remaining while a mark means there are only a few seats remaining and a mark means there are no seats remaining.
Display indicating remaining seats at a JR-WEST Ticket Office On-board display
Where do I inquire about lost property?
Ask a station staff.
To ensure a thorough checking of whether a lost item has been reported or found, please verify the following information in as much detail as possible:
• Details and features of the lost item (product name, shape, color, contents, existence of something with your name on it)
• Details of when/where the item was lost (date, time, train, station, etc.)
We will do our best to locate your lost item, but please note that not all lost items can be located.
If you become aware of a lost item after returning to your home country, please use this mail form to provide details and features of the lost item and of when/where the item was lost.
How can I receive my lost item?
Lost items can only be retrieved at the station holding the item or at the Lost & Found Center.
Upon request, lost items can be delivered to a personal address within Japan.
To receive your item, an official credential (such as a passport or driver license) is required to verify the identity of the owner.
Failure to provide proper identification may prevent the item from being returned. Furthermore, if your item is not claimed after a specified date, the item will be handed over to the police station in accordance with company procedures.
• Some items are not eligible for delivery.
• Delivery fees must be paid by the customer.
Where can I make foreign language inquiries? Do you have a special helpline or website?
A multilingual telephone-based interpreting service is available at all manned stations.
Ask a station staff for more details.
Station staff is available for assistance at most major stations.
»Click here for more information
What should I do if I don't understand what the station staff is saying?
A multilingual telephone-based interpreting service is available at all manned stations. Ask a station staff for more details.
Can I see a timetable (for a particular station/train)?
Timetables for SANYO SHINKANSEN trains and major limited express trains on conventional lines for all stations are available from JR-WEST website.
For details regarding other trains, please ask a station staff.
I got separated from a companion. Where should I ask to get help looking for them?
Please ask a station staff. They will make an announcement via the station's public address system.
Where can I use Wi-Fi?
Visit the following website for a list of participating stations.
»JR-WEST Free Wi-Fi Service
Wi-Fi is available in areas where the mark below is displayed.
How do I go about using free Wi-Fi?
A detailed usage guide is available below.
»JR-WEST Free Wi-Fi Service
How do I get information in the event that the train service is disrupted?
For current status of trains, please see the JR-WEST website.
Also, station displays show the train status.
Are alternative means of transport available in the event of a service cancellation?
If replacement transport (furikae yusō) is provided, you will be able to use the replacement transport provided by a company other than JR-WEST.
What is "replacement transport" (furikae yusō)?
"Replacement transport" refers to the use of alternative means of transport provided by a company other than JR-WEST in the event of a service cancellation or similar situation using the currently purchased ticket.
How can I use the replacement transport?
To use the replacement transport, show your ticket at the ticket gates of the replacement transport provider and receive a replacement ticket (furikae-hyō).