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can seats be reserved ahead of activating the pass

Can seats be reserved ahead of activating the pass

I will be in Japan during Oban and will be using a 7 day JRP pass during the peak period so I wish to have reserved seating. Can I reserve seats in advance for the day I wish to activate the pass. For example I want to use the pass from August 10th to 16th but reserve seats ahead of the activation on the 10th.


Hi there,

You can start reserving seats once you have exchanged the JR Pass. When you do exchange the JR Pass, you can select a first day of use and this can be up to 30 days ahead of time.

Hope this helps,


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