questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

when should i activate the rail pass?

When should I activate the rail pass?

I am going to Japan for 2 weeks, and will be based in Tokyo for some of the time but will be travelling further afield for 7 days. When do I need to activate the rail pass?


Hi there!

You should aim to activate your JR Pass on the first day of your 7 days travel outside Tokyo (provided it is a 7 day pass of course). You will be able to exchange it at the JR Pass exchange corner in Tokyo station and should have no problems.

Hope this helps!


Thank you Mari,

That's really helpful.


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