I will be in Japan for 9 days. the first 2 days I will only use the pass once. So, I'm hoping I can buy that ticket separately and then start the pass on my 3rd day in Japan. I won't be near an exchange office. Is this possible?
The pass activates when you first use it, so you can just buy regular transport for the first few days and then activate your pass on the 3rd day of your trip.
Just remember you need to buy the pass before you arrive in Japan (at least that was the case when I went).
Hope that helps,
Pearse about 1 year ago