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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long is the Japan Rail Pass valid for?

A Japan Rail Pass can be valid for either 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days.

Once you receive the Japan Rail Pass Exchange voucher, you will be able to exchange it within the following 3 months. The voucher can only be exchanged in an Exchange Office in Japan. During the exchange, you will be asked to specify the activation date of your pass. This will be the date on which you wish to start using the JR Pass. You can set the activation date to be up to 30 days after the exchange date.

When exactly does the pass expire on the last day of validity?

The Japan Rail Pass validity period is calculated in days, not in hours.

Therefore, if you have purchased a 14-day pass and your activation date (when you first use the pass) is the 1st of April, the exact expiration time will be midnight on April 14.

What this implies is that if you plan to take a late night train during your last validity day, you will be able to do so as long as your train leaves before midnight.

Your JR Pass will be valid until the end of the journey.

Do the 7/14/21 days need to be consecutive?

Yes, the validity period of the Japan Rail Pass is either 7, 14 or 21 consecutive days. The exact expiration time is either the 7th, 14th or the 21st night at midnight. Therefore, passengers won't have the option of splitting the validity period of their passes.

Please note that once activated, the date on the passes can no longer be changed.