questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

delay to use it the pass

delay to use it the pass


I just purchased a 7 days pass. I will activate it in Tokyo in June the 07th which is ok and I will use the train tickets from the 09th to the 14th (which is outside the 3 months period)

Is the 3 month period is only about exchanging the pass or to use it too?

It looks like once you exchange it you have 1 month to use it.

thanks for your answer


Hi there!

This is always a bit of a confusing point. Keeping it simple, you can exchange (activate) the JR Pass up to 90 days after purchase.

At the moment of exchange you can select a date for later use up to 30 days a head of time.

You could thus start using the JR Pass up to 120 days after purchase if you activate it on the 90th day.

Also see our blog post on how to exchange the pass:

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