before Siggraph I am going to do some traveling in Japan. For that I am considering to get a Japan Rail Pass, with which you have unlimited train rides. You have to order that pass outside of Japan and then exchange the order once you are in Japan to get the pass. On their website (http://www.japanrailpass.net) it says about being eligible to get one:
Even if you visit Japan with an Exchange Order, to be turned in for a JAPAN RAIL PASS, the exchange cannot be made unless you have “Temporary Visitor” status; if you enter Japan under any other official status, such as “Trainee,” “Entertainer,” or “Reentry Permit,” you cannot change the Exchange Order for a JAPAN RAIL 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.
My question: what kind of status will I have as a Siggraph Intern (I am from Germany) in my passport? Is it save to purchase the japan rail pass, will I be able to exchange it once I am in Japan?
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