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when to use the jr pass

When to use the JR Pass

Hi.
I'm going to be travelling from tokyo to hirsoshima and then eventually osaka in the last week of my two week holiday.
Is it fine to get a 7 day pass and use it in the second week and not the first? How would I effectively do this exactly?

CHeers

darkstoria
darkstoria

Hi there,

Yes, this will be fine. Once you purchase your rail pass, you have to activate it in Japan at a JR station. When you activate it, you will have the choice of date of first use anytime within the following month. You can activate your Japan Rail Pass anytime up to 3 months from the date of purchase so you have lots of flexibility.

Please note that once activated in Japan and a starting date is set, it cannot be changed. A good way to ensure you get the right day is simply to activate your rail pass on the first date of travel if you are in a major city. A full list of all the JR stations where you can activate your Japan Rail Pass is available online here (with opening times). Many stations in Tokyo offer the activation service so you will have no problems.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Oh so you're saying I need to activate it 3 weeks maximum after buying it from this website?

darkstoria
darkstoria

Sorry! My mistake! I meant 3 months! :)

I've updated my reply.

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mari
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