questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

booking shinkansen at a mid-route stop

Booking Shinkansen at a mid-route stop

If I wish to book a seat on a train from,say, Sendai to Tokyo, do I need to make the booking before the train has left its original station at Shin-Aomori, or can the seat be reserved at any time up to actual departure from Sendai.

I might wish to do the same with a train from Hiroshima to Osaka. Can I book the seat any time up to departure from Hiroshima, or do I have to book it before the train has left its original start station, which may be 2 or 3 hours beforehand ?

I will have a Japan Rail Pass for the Green Car, for which I believe reservations are mandatory ?

Thank you in anticipation.

december03
december03

Hi there,

Seat reservations can be made at any time before boarding the train, even if the train is already on its way. In short, seat reservations can even be made 5min before boarding the train. The JR Staff can exactly see what seats are takes and which are not.

Green Class is indeed only by reservation. You can however always use a non-reserved seat in ordinary class if you are in a hurry and there's no time to reserve a seat.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi there,

Seat reservations can be made at any time before boarding the train, even if the train is already on its way. In short, seat reservations can even be made 5min before boarding the train. The JR Staff can exactly see what seats are takes and which are not.

Green Class is indeed only by reservation. You can however always use a non-reserved seat in ordinary class if you are in a hurry and there's no time to reserve a seat.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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That is SO helpful, knowing that I do not have to commit to specific services hours or days in advance. Thank you so much for your prompt reply.

december03
december03

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