questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

when should i activate the jr pass?

When should i activate the jr pass?


Im traveling to tokyo on 23rd march till 2nd april.
My itinerary will be as follow

Tokyo 23rd march

Osaka and kyoto 24th march to 28th march

Back to tokyo on 28th march to 2nd april

So when will be the ideal period to activate the pass?
And those days without the jr pass will it be expensive if i were to travel on jr line?


Hello there,

The JR Pass is best used for longer distances, for instance Tokyo - Osaka. I would therefor recommend using the pass on this day and also use it for the return to Tokyo. This way you cover all expansive travel and make the best use of the JR Pass.

Local travel within Tokyo does not cost that much, so no worries there.

Hope this helps,


Hi Daniel,
Thanks for ur advice.
And can i use Jr pass in tokyo metro? If cant what should i use?


Hi again!

The Tokyo Metro is not covered, you can however use the local JR Network in Tokyo.

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