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7 day itinerary from tokyo-hiroshima-kyoto

7 day itinerary from Tokyo-Hiroshima-Kyoto

My trip would be from 3-9 May 2014

I would like to know if the JR pass is valid for the overnight sleeper train from Tokyo to Hiroshima?

Also I realise that 27 Apr-3 may is a holiday season in Japan, will I have trouble securing seats in trains at that time and if so how can I best find a way around this problem.

I aim to be in walking around Tokyo on the 3rd and 4th.
Maybe a day trip out of Tokyo on the 5h and then head over to Hiroshima on the 5th night.

Please Advise.
Thanks

nironnagas
nironnagas

Hi there!

The JR Pass is valid for travel from Hiroshima - Tokyo. However there's no night service between both cities. So I would recommend taking the Shinkansen during the day (between 6:00 and 23:59).
Travel during April is busy but I don't think that you should have any trouble getting tickets for the Shinkansen. However it may be impossible to get tickets for other night trains (in case that you are considering any) and it would be best to travel during the day.

Hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi Dan,

Thanks for your reply.

Actually I was browsing through hyperdia for train timetables and I came across this:
Tokyo - Okayama - LTD. EXP SUNRISE SETO (2200hrs - 0627hrs)
Okayama - Hiroshima - SHINKANSEN MIZUHO 601 (0651hrs - 0726hrs)

I was wondering if the JR Pass would cover this journey.
However as you mentioned if the tickets for the night trains are impossible to get during this period, I may have to consider the day time shinkansen services

nironnagas
nironnagas

Hi Again,

Yes there's the Sunrise Express but it does not cover the full route to Hiroshima. I did not mention it as it changes are high that it will be sold out weeks in advance. However the JR Pass does cover travel on it. From Okayama you can use the Sakura Shinkansen to Hiroshima.

Hope this helps too!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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