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exchange vs activate

Exchange vs activate

I will be traveling to Japan for work and plan to spend an extra week traveling on vacation after work is done. Can I exchange my order for the pass at the airport but not activate it until a week later? Or does the exchange activate the pass and the 7 days start the day I exchange the order for the pass?


Hi there,

You can select a start date up to 30 days in the future, when you activate the JR Pass. (In other words, you don't have to start using it right away).

For more information, see our blog post on exchange dates.

Hope this helps!

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