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how to delay the start date of the pass

How to delay the start date of the pass


I will arrive in Tokyo on 29th August and I still haven't ordered the JR Pass, is it too late? I live in London.
Main question is, how do I activate the card from the 1st September instead of 29th Aug when I arrive? Just select that day as the day I arrive in Japan when asked in the application form? Or is there a separate option to activate it later or do I have to do something with it when I arrive in Japan?

Thank you very much



Hi Giuseppe,

You can still order the JR Pass, we have overnight shipping and dispatch directly from London.

You don't have to start using the JR Pass right away when you arrive in Japan. Just go the a station when you want to exchange it and activate it on the day you like.

The day you select during the order process is just an indication and not binding in any way.

Hope you find this useful!


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