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When flying within Japan, is the zairyu card enough? Do I need my passport too?
Long-time foreigners in Japan walk around with their small zairyu card ("gaijin card") rather than having to carry their bulky passport.
But when taking the plane within Japan (for instance Sapporo-Naha), is the zairyu card enough?
Or can I be prevented from flying if I don't have my passport too?
The card is sufficient. I've flown intra-Japan many times, and never brought along my passport.
Domestic flights in Japan do not require ID of any kind, there are no (regular) ID checks at check-in or on the plane.
However, Japanese law requires you to carry your zairyu card at all times, whether flying on a plane or not.
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