questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

april week in toyko-kyoto-hiroshima

April Week in Toyko-Kyoto-Hiroshima

Hello,

I have read a number of previous questions and answers - this website gets Kudos...well done!

My question is if we use a JR Pass for travel, I believe this will take us from Tokyo to Kyoto and from Kyoto onto Hiroshima. My question is how far in advance can we reserve seats on the Shinkansen? Our Japanese friends advise us that the regular seats are fine and that the Green coach is not really necessary.

If we wanted to pay for Green seats, what would the premium be from Hiroshima back to Tokyo?

Thanks for this assistance,

JER

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Hi Jer,

Reservations generally can be made up to 5min before departure, its only needed to make reservations in advance when there are national holidays.

Green Seats are all reserved, so you do need to reserve them always. I advise buying a Green Pass if you want to travel on Green Seats as upgrading from a normal JR Pass is really expansive. For instance Tokyo - Hiroshima the price to upgrade would be ¥ 14,550. While the price to upgrade from a 7 day normal JR Pass to a 7 day Green Pass is only ¥ 9,770.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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As I understand this, with a Green Seat Pass or a Normal Pass - Either way, we cannot use the Noomi trains?

Arigato, John

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JERSERWI

Hi John,

Yes, that is correct!
-Daniel

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Sorry - Another question? Is the JR Tokyo Wide Pass valid on the Narita Express train?

JERSERWI
JERSERWI

Yes, it is :)

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