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time restrictions for purchasing

Time restrictions for purchasing

I will be traveling to Japan on September 23rd and plan on activating my pass four days later. How soon can I purchase the voucher?


Hi there,

The Japan Rail Pass must be activated within 3 months of the date of purchase. At activation in Japan you can specify a starting date up to a further 1 month in the future.

In your case, September the 23rd/27th falls within the next 3 months so you can purchase the rail pass at any time from now and it will be valid on use in Japan.

Hope this helps!

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