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early arrival @ haneda internation and shinkansen reservations

Early Arrival @ Haneda Internation and Shinkansen Reservations

Hello,

My family and a group of friends are planning our trip to go skiing in January 2017. Our initial plan was/is as follows;

Order a Japan Rail Pass prior to leaving Australia

Arrive at Haneda International at 0500am

Monorail to Hamamatsucho and then JR Yamanote Line through to Tokyo Station.

Catch the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Iiyama Station.

My questions are;

Will be able to exchange our orders for the Japan Rail Pass at Haneda International so early in the morning? The office at the arrivals terminal does not seem to open until 0730.

Also, we were hoping to reserve seating on Shinkansen through to Iiyama however I have read that you need to pick up your reserved tickets the day before travel, which we obviously can not do that. As there is 12 of us traveling with children I did not want to have to worry about finding seats etc. in the non reserved carriages.

Thanks for your help and hopefully my questions and spelling makes some sense.

Matt

thommo79
thommo79

Hi there,

The JR ticket office at Haneda opens at 0745, this is the first time that you'll be able to exchange the JR Pass. I am afraid that the only option would be to wait for that, or travel on to Tokyo station and exchange/reserve your seats there. The station at Tokyo opens at 7:30 and you can at least have the travel to Tokyo station behind you.

I am afraid that there is no simple way of reserving seats in advance before coming to Japan, unless you know someone in Japan who can do so for you.

Hope this answers your question,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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