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is 7-day jr pass enough?

Is 7-Day JR Pass enough?

Hello,

I'll travel to Japan from 03/25 (but arrive in Japan 03/ 26) - 04/02. This is my itinerary:

  • 03/26 I'll arrive at Narita airport at 5pm .
  • 4 days in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku, Hakone - Mt Fuji...
  • 2 days Kyoto and Osaka. Back to Shibuya on 04/02 to take care some business and catch 1pm flight from Narita Airport back to US.

My question is if I activate my JR Pass on 03/26 at 5pm to use the train to go to my hotel, does my JR Pass still valid on 04/02 at 1pm so I can use the train to go to Narita Airport?

My trip is 8 days 7 nights in Japan.

Thank you in advance for your help.

kimnugent
kimnugent

Hi there!

The validity of the JR Pass is counted in days (opposite to hours) and the first day is counted as a full day, no matter what time you start using it. Given this I would recommend to start using the JR Pass on your 2nd day in Japan and buy a normal ticket into Tokyo for your arrival. For this a 1,500yen ticket could be very useful.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you Daniel-San for your quick reply. Since I can't used it on the 1st day, can I still just activate it and choose 03/27 is the beginning day for use of the pass while I am at Narita airport? If I can't, where is the place in Shibuya that I can activate my pass?

Thanks again.

kimnugent
kimnugent

Hi there!

You can either activate it at Narita Airport upon arrival and select a start day at a later point of time. Or you can activate it at the JR Information center @ Shibuya station between 10:00-18:30.

Hope this helps too!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you very much for your help. I'm sure that many novice travelers like me, we appreciated your expertise.
Have a wonderful day Daniel.

kimnugent
kimnugent

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