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reserving seats before activating pass

Reserving seats before activating Pass

Good Morning, I am planning on using my 7 day green JR Pass during the middle portion of my visit. I will exchange the Pass the first day after arrival. I understand that at the same time I may reserve seats for the trains I am planning to travel on without activating the Pass. How do I activate the pass before I board the first train that I reserved seats on?


Hi there,

You can activate the JR Pass at any time when you are in Japan and select a first day of use. This does not have to be right away when you activate the JR Pass. So you can make reservations before actually starting your JR Pass.

Hope this helps,


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