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when should i activate the rail pass?

When should I activate the rail pass?

I am going to Japan for 2 weeks, and will be based in Tokyo for some of the time but will be travelling further afield for 7 days. When do I need to activate the rail pass?


Hi there!

You should aim to activate your JR Pass on the first day of your 7 days travel outside Tokyo (provided it is a 7 day pass of course). You will be able to exchange it at the JR Pass exchange corner in Tokyo station and should have no problems.

Hope this helps!

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Thank you Mari,

That's really helpful.


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