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booking tickets for new hokuriku shinkansen (tokyo to kanazawa)

Booking tickets for new Hokuriku Shinkansen (Tokyo to Kanazawa)

Hi there
I will buy the 14 day pass, and understand that the new shinkansen will open a week before my trip (14 March 2015), significantly reducing the time to 2.5 hours.

I understand the JR pass is valid on all types of shinkansen (including the fastest Kagayaki one) - but seat reservation is mandatory. How can I book 2 seats for Tuesday 24th March in advance, to secure we get a seat? Also we then want to leave Kanazawa to go to Osaka on 25th March. I imagine it will be busy. We arrive into Tokyo on 20th March.

many thanks!



Hi Charlotte,

The JR Pass will indeed cover all the Shinkansen between Tokyo and Kanazawa. Seat reservations are made the same way as other trains. This can be done once you arrive in Japan at any JR station. Just tell the staff where and when you wish to travel, show the JR Pass and receive the tickets.

Since it may indeed be busy, I'd advise doing so right away once you arrive in Tokyo. It is unfortunately not possible to do so online.

Also see our guide on how to reserve tickets.

Hope this helps,


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