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JR pass start date

I will arrive KIX October 22nd. If I exchange my voucher at that time can I designate a start date for October 29, 2018? Can I obtain tickets for my itinerary at that point? Itinerary: October 29th Shin-Osaka to Kyoto; October 30th Shin-Osaka to Tokyo; November 1st Shin- Osaka to Hiroshima. At the exchange counter on 22 October can I also purchase Haruka tickets for travel from KIX to Shin-Osaka or must I go to another counter for that transaction?
Thank you for your assistance.


  • Hi,
    Yes, you can designate a future date as your start date when you activate your pass, as long as it is within a month. You don't get "tickets" - you simply show the pass at the manned gate of the station, and you walk on through.
  • I understand. I will be reserving green car seats. Can I reserve all trip seats at the time of exchange? Thank You
  • Yes, you can do that - although it puts more pressure on you to strictly adhere to a schedule.
    You can see train schedules, times, fares, connections etc at
    Under "More Options", be sure to uncheck the Nozomi box if on a full JR Pass since you can't ride that train using the pass.

    You can see previews of some of the best places to see in Japan on:

    There are also loads of other tips on

    Best regards.
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