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golden week reservations

Golden Week Reservations

Just wondering I am planning on coming home (to Kanazawa) on the 29th or 30th. Should I already make a reservation online (Osaka to Kanazawa) or would it be okay for me to wait until the 18th of April.

Thank you very much

PS. Do you need to have your JR pass activated when you make a reservation?


Hi there,

While you should be ok to wait until you are in Japan to make your seat reservations, there are no guarantees during Golden Week! If you can read Japanese, then I recommend you make your reservations online as soon as you can using, which can be made with or without a rail pass.

Free reservations in the station must be made on presentation of your rail pass and must be made within the validity period of your rail pass. As you can specify the start of the validity period up to 1 month after the activation date, this should give you good flexibility to book your tickets in advance.

Hope this helps!


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