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jr kanto pass

JR Kanto Pass

Hi Hi,

I am traveling to Japan in December for 5 days. I am wondering how does the Kanto Pass work? It said it is valid for consecutive 3 days so if my first use is on Monday 1pm, will the pass expire on Thursday 1pm?? Or it will expire Wednesday 11:59pm??

And also do i have to use the pass first in order to reserve a seat? I know on Wed and Thursday, I am traveling to Kusatsu Onsen, when is the earliest time I can reserve a seat?

thanks for your help!


Hi there!

The Kanto pass is counted in consecutive days and the 1st day is counted as a full day, no matter what time you first start using it.

You can reserve a seat when you purchase the pass in Japan. Trains start running around 6 a.m. and you should be able to reserve seats at that time as well.

Hope this helps!

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