How long does the Japan Rail Pass last?

The Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order is valid for three months from the date of issue.  This means you have three months within which to exchange it for the actual Japan Rail Pass.

You can get Japan Rail Passes that cover a fixed period of time (7, 14, 21 consecutive day passes).  When you swap your Exchange Order for the pass itself at a JR exchange office in Japan you will need to nominate that date that you want to be “Day 1” of your pass.  You’ll be able to book seats on trains departing any time from 12:01AM on Day 1 to 11:59PM on Day 7, 14, or 21 (depending on the pass you got).

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