- You are planning on visiting Japan with a Japan Rail Pass but don’t wish to use it right after your arrival?
- Your trips are spread out and you are wondering if you will be able to use your pass each time?
- You wonder if it is possible to adapt your Japan Rail Pass to your schedule?
Shoud I start using my Japan Rail Pass as soon as I exchange my voucher?
You don’t need to start using your Japan Rail Pass on the day of the exchange. When exchanging your voucher you will have to decide on the date you want to start using your pass. This date has to be within 30 days of the exchange.
Can I alternate days of use and non-use?
No, it is not possible. No matter what type of Japan Rail Pass you buy, you will have to use it for consecutive days from the starting date chosen at the exchange (special conditions for regional passes). It doesn't matter if you don't use your Japan Rail Pass every day but it will only stay valid for a given period of consecutive days.
For instance, if you have a 7 days Japan Rail Pass and your starting date is January 6th, you can use it until January 12th. Over this period your pass will be valid without interruption.
How are the days of use counted?
The validity of the Japan Rail Pass is counted in full days and not in periods of 24 hours. Regardless of the time at which you start using your pass on the 1st day, its validity will end at 11:59PM on the last day.
For instance, if you have a 7 day Japan Rail Pass and start using it at 1PM on January 6th, it will be valid until 11:59PM on January 12th (and not at 1PM on January 13th)