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tokyo/ kyoto/hikone/ sekigahara/ kyoto/ tokyo

Tokyo/ Kyoto/Hikone/ Sekigahara/ Kyoto/ Tokyo

I will enter Japan via Haneda Tojyo, and the next day I'll travel to Kyoto by Shinkansen. I should be very grateful if you could let me know whether the JR Pass will cover all the fares for the Tokyo-Kyoto trip by Shinkansen, or I have to pay more for e.g. reservation of seats. Also, I understand that JR Pass does not include travelling on Nozomi trains, but the timetable shows that most trains to Kyoto are Nozomis. Can a JR Pass holder pay extra to ride on Nozomi? If so, how much is the fee?

Further, will the Pass cover the fares on trains from Kyoto to Hikone and Sekigahara?

Many thanks indeed.

kenshin1031
kenshin1031

Hello there,

The JR Pass covers all your fares from Haneda - Tokyo - Kyoto - Segikagahara - Hakone - Tokyo.

A couple to things to note, it is true that the Nozomi is not included but you can use any other Shinkansen instead. Mainly the Hikari Shinkansen, which departs Tokyo at least every 30 minutes. The train is the same as the Nozomi, only it makes a couple more stops on the way. It is however not possible to ride the Nozomi and you would have to pay the full fare if you did.

Also the JR Pass covers the Shinkansen to Odawara station, which is the base station for Hakone. You will have to use local non-Jr transport within Hakone to travel around.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Dear Daniel-san,

Thanks a lot for your reply.

Hikone (rather than Hakone) is in the Shiga Prefecture. I suppose it's covered by JR Pass?

One more question: Do I have to reserve seats at the Ticket Office before travelling on Shinkansen between Tokyo and Kyoto? I am concerned that if I just get on the train without reserving seats, I may not get a seat or my husband and I may not be able to sit together.

Many thanks

kenshin1031
kenshin1031

Hello again,

Sorry, I get a lot of questions about Hakone and kinda assumed you met that. Travel to Hikone is also covered by the JR Pass.

Most there are plenty of seats available, still reserving seats in advance is great to give you extra security and also makes your travel more easy. You can however also just hop on the train if the fancy takes you without reserving seats in advance. Both options are completely covered by the JR Pass.

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Daniel-san
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