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Hi Mari,

We(4 of us) are going to japan for 10 day. 2 day at tokyo, 4 day at Hokkaido & 2 day tokyo again.
We will be arrive at tokyo on 2nd dec 10.30pm. So i can only active & booking seat for jrpas the next day (3rd).
We plan be going to Sapporo on the 4th dec at about 7.00p.m.
Is there any posisibility that i can't get seat for sapporo on 4th 7.00p.m train?

If i had book seat from Sapporo to nesiko at 8.00a.m and happen that i can't make it. Can i just catch the next train on the unreserve seat ?

Thanks & regards,
Jen

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jllf

Hi there!

Are you thinking of using the Shinkansen to Aomori & Hamanasu sleeper train from Aomori to Sapporo? If so, then I recommend reserving as soon as possible when you get to Japan. The sleeper train does get busy so if that does not work, I recommend you look into doing the journey during the daytime (9hrs), starting the travel before 1pm to be in Sapporo the same day.

If you don't manage to get the 8am Sapporo to Niseko train, with the JR Pass you can simply hop on the next (and make a reservation at the JR ticket office for the next train if you wish). There are lots of trains between Niseko and Sapporo so I don't think you'll have any problems here.

Hope this helps!

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mari
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Hi Mari,

Yes, we are using the Shinkansen to Aomori & Hamanasu sleeper train from Aomori to Sapporo. I arrive at tokyo on the 2nd 10.30p.m which i can't make the booking at all. So i can only book it the next day (3rd) at 7.00 a.m at tokyo ticket office. If there is still possible i cant get the seat (for 4dec) then it worry me as it will upside down my schedule. Do you have better ideal like may be i can book the seat now from Malaysia.

regards,
Jen

jllf
jllf

Hi Jen,

You may be able to book through a local travel agency in Malaysia for a fee. The charge is likely to be aroudn 30-50 USD, so be prepared. I recommend enquiring at your local JTB office as they have reserved places in the past:

  • JTB Inc., (Malaysia) SDN. BHD. (Kuala Lumpur) TEL 03-2142-7711
  • JTB Inc., (Malaysia) SDN. BHD. (Penang) TEL 04-2636788

Hope this helps!

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mari
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