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swapping exchange voucher for jr pass

Swapping exchange voucher for JR Pass

Hello
I have an exchange voucher for a 7 day JR pass which I would like to use to travel as follows:

Togari-Nozawaonsen Station Kyoto Hiroshima Tokyo

I arrive at Narita Terminal 2 at 6.55pm (next Sat) and then travel by shuttle to Nozawa Onsen for skiing for five days. Following that I want to start using my 7 day JR rail pass as shown above.

My problem is knowing where to exchange my voucher for the Pass as I don't think Togari-Naozaonsen station has a JR Rail exchange office.

If I need to exchange at Narita on arrival, what time does the JR exchange office close and is there any way of speeding up the process (so I don't miss my shuttle?)

Be very grateful for any advice.
Thank you

Melinda Russell
Melinda Russell

Hi there,

Activating your JR Pass at Narita Airport would indeed be for the best.

The office is open until 21:45, giving you more than enough time to exchange it.

Also see our activating the JR Pass at Narita Airport blog post.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thank you Daniel

Just wondering if it is possible to access the form to be completed beforehand in order to speed up the process on arrival? I'm a bit concerned that there might be a long queue and I will miss my shuttle bus (or the plane may be delayed).

Can you advise nearest JR exchange office to Nozawa Onsen where we are staying (just in case we need to make exchange somewhere else)?

Thank you

Melinda Russell
Melinda Russell

Hi Melinda,

Only if you have to form already, however it can be filled in and exchanged within 5 minutes. The only thing that really takes up time if is there are other people in queue.

If you can't activate the JR Pass at Narita Airport your best bet is Tokyo (if you pass by) or Nagano station.It's not too far from Togari-Nozowa-Onsen.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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