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7 day pass valid from monday to sunday or from monday to monday?

7 day pass valid from Monday to Sunday or from Monday to Monday?

Is it worth a Japan rail pass if I will be going from Tokyo to Osaka on a Monday afternoon, doing day trips to Kyoto during the week and going back from Osaka to Tokyo on the following Monday morning? If I start the 7 day pass on Monday is it still good to the following Monday or only until Sunday? Or does the time that it starts count?


Hi Corina,

It would be worth getting a JRPass if you can make your round trip in its 7-day of use. This works as follows, the pass is valid for 7 days of consecutive use and the first day is counted as a full day no matter the time that you start using it. So the pass will be valid until Sunday 23:59. It is perhaps better explained here.

It short: it would be worth getting a JR Pass if you could be back in Tokyo by Sunday evening. Otherwise I would suggest buying the tickets as you go.

I Hope this helps,


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