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obtain jr passes if narita airport station is closed after hours

Obtain JR passes if Narita airport station is closed after hours

Daniel- Need your help...we are a family of 5 that will be arriving at 9pm into Narita Airport from New York, After we retrieve luggage and go through customs..it may be close to 11PM.....I believe (pls verify) the JR Pass office closest to Narita airport is closed for the day. Where can we go to get our passes that evening? We are staying at the Citadines in Shinjuki and was hoping to use the railway to get to the hotel . A friend suggested we take a hotel at Narita with a free shuttle to airport and come back the next morning to obtain the passes. Please advise as to what is the most ecomonical and efficient way to handle this. We would hate to have multiple hotels in Tokyo for just a 4 day stay and would not want to lose time doing this....thanks

Sandy Ho
Sandy Ho

Hello Sanda Ho,

The exchange office at Narita Airport is open until 21:45. So there may be a chance that you'll be able to exchange the JR Pass. There won't be an other place available at that time where you can exchange the JR Pass. My advice would be to travel to Shinjuku in the evening using local trains and then exchange the JR Pass the following morning at Shinjuku station. An alternative would be to stay near Narita and come back the following morning but as you say this would mean booking more than 1 hotel. Personally I would just use local trains to travel to Shinjuku this would cost ¥ 1,490 per ticket.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you it helps.. However,.I was told that you can only exchange for the JR passes at the airports and Tokyo station where they have JR Travel Centers...sorry but could you verify this...a good source suggested this. If it turns out I can go to the Shinjuku station that would be great....also, do local trains (could you tell me which ones) run fairly late at night? You never know with customs and issues do arise that can make an hours process into many. Trying to be positive but sometimes I attract the oddest situations...thanks Daniel

Sandy Ho
Sandy Ho

Hello again!

Here is a list of all exchange stations nation wide, including opening times.
http://www.japanrailpass.net/eng/en009.html

Here are some late evening itinerary examples from Narita Airport to Shinjuku JR.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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