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when to activate pass?

when to activate pass?

Our party of 4 have green exchange vouchers for a 7 day pass. We arrive at Narita terminal 1 at around 4 pm on May 17. Here is our itinerary:

Fri May 17 Arrive 4 pm, Travel to Tokyo, Hotel in Chuo area
Sat May 18 Touring Tokyo, overnight in Tokyo
Sun May 19 Leave Tokyo early morning for Kyoto, touring Arashiyama/Sagano area, overnight in Kyoto
Mon May 20 Leave Kyoto early morning for Osaka, touring Geisya, overnight in Osaka,
Tue May 21 Leave Osaka early morning for Hiroshima, overnight in Hiroshima
Wed May 22 Touring Hiroshima, overnight in Hiroshima
Thu May 23 Leave Hiroshima travelling to Tokyo, Overnight in Tokyo
Fri May 24 Touring Tokyo
Sat May 25 Touring Tokyo
Sun May 26 flight from Narita airport 5 pm

We would like to take public transport to and from the airport (I understand that is most economical.) When do you suggest we activate our JR pass?

Thank you!


Hi there,

I would activate it on the first day that you arrive in Japan, this way you have the train fare covered from the Airport and can enjoy a smooth ride on the Narita Express to the heart of Tokyo. The pass will than be valid until the 23rd and you can use it to travel back to Tokyo.

You won't have to spend much travel while you are in Tokyo, as traveling is relatively cheap. Possibly you could save some money though by buying a Tokyo Metro Day pass these are just 710 Yen and allow for unlimited travel on the Tokyo Metro for a full day.
' On the way back to Narita Airport, you can use this bus which is just 1,000Yen, this is the most economic way to reach the Airport. Alternatively you can take the Narita Express back, also from Tokyo station which is around 3,000Yen but provides superb comfort.

Hope this helps,

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Hi Daniel,

Thank you for your quick response!

We will take your advice about the pass timing and appreciate the information about the other transportation options.

Looking forward to our upcoming trip!


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