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when to activate my jr pass

When to activate my JR pass


I am travelling to Japan from 11 May to 25 May. I bought a 14 day JR pass. I am wondering when should I activate my JR pass. Below is my itinerary.

11 May - Touch down, travelling to Tokyo from Haneda Airport
12 - 17 May - Travel ard Tokyo
18-20 May - Travel to Kyoto
21 May - Travel to Osaka
22 - 24 May - Travel ard Osaka
25 May - Travel back to Haneda Airport from Osaka

Thanks for your help.


The best thing to do is to use the Pass for the times of your longest and costliest travel. Since you on your last day want to go from Osaka to Haneda, then that date minus 14 days is the time time to activate it - in other words, activate it to use your Pass from May 12th.
Unfortunately though with the itinerary you have listed, you will be losing money since the cost of the pass way exceeds the regular rail fares for your planned trips. If you want to get your money's worth, you'd need to add some additional trips. But you have the time and there are many good places you can go visit, such as Hiroshima/Miyajima, Nikko, and [Himeji]. And while it doesn't cost much, visiting Nara would be an excellent addition to your trip.

If you would like to check regular rail fares, you can see them on a site like Hyperdia.

Good luck.


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