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hokuriku shinkansen - april 2015

Hokuriku Shinkansen - April 2015

I'm travelling to Japan in April 2015 and would like to travel from Tokyo to Kanazawa. I understand this isn't currently (Feb 2015) possible, but will be possible in April after the Hokuriku Shinkansen line extension opens in mid-March.

If I purchase a two week pass to cover my time in Japan in April, will this cover travel on the new line to Kanazawa?

I'll also be travelling with a bicycle that I'll pack completely into a 'shinkansen approved' (Tioga cocoon) bag for travel on the train. Will the Pass cover me for travel with a bike or is luggage handled separately?

Jeremy1975
Jeremy1975

Yes, the pass will cover the shinkansen to Kanazawa. And yes, you can bring your bike with you if it's bagged up. If you have a lot in addition to that, you might look into a luggage delivery service (takyubin) which is not too expensive.
Kanazawa is a great city worth a couple of days to see - don't miss the Kenrokuen garden - it's one of Japan's finest.

Toraneko
Toraneko

Hi there,

Yes, as Toraneko already wrote, the new Hokuriku Shinkansen are covered by the JR Pass. I would recommend reserving seats a couple of days in advance, as tickets are selling out very quickly.

Bicycles in general may be taken aboard but need to be completely packed up, or you won't be able to take it with you.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Thanks very much to both of you for the info. I'll be sure to add Kenrokuen garden to my itinerary.

Daniel, when you say you would recommend reserving seats, do you know if this can be done with a JRPass? I fly in to Tokyo on April 6th and plan on taking the Shinkansen to Kanazawa on 7th. I would therefore need to reserve my seat whilst still in England? I plan on buying my JRPass in the next week or two and would happily book the train journey and seat from the UK if it is possible.

Thanks,
Jez

Jeremy1975
Jeremy1975

Hi Jez,

Yes you can make a reservation beforehand for this line. This can be done via:
http://www.eki-net.com/pc/jreast-shinkansen-reservation/English/wb/common/Menu/Menu.aspx

Note that you have to pick up your reserved ticket the day beforehand before 9:00 pm. This can be done at any JR station, including Narita Airport. Tickets can be reserved 1month in advance, so you may do so around the 8th of March.

Be sure to read the website carefully, there are a couple of rules and restrictions.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi, thanks for the link Daniel.

I'm now within 1 month of my travel date (7th April) and would like to book my ticket from Tokyo to Kanazawa.

I can't see how to make a reservation from Tokyo to Kanazawa using the link though. The train I would like to book is:

Kagayaki 507 - leaving Tokyo at 09:32 and arriving in Kanazawa at 12:06

I can see this by viewing the timetable for the Hokuriku line. But the form doesn't let me select Kanazawa as a destination. Is this because JR-East only lets me book certain stations that are within the JR-East network? Or is it that the extension to the Hokuriku line isn't open yet and the station details aren't on the website yet?

Jeremy1975
Jeremy1975

Hi there,

The last time I checked it, Kanazawa was there. Now I did it again but it was not there. Maybe it has something to do with the area traveled in. I'll contact JR East and will update if I get a replay.

All the best,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Hi,

I can see the route and train I'm interested in (Kagayaki 507 0932-12:06) on the JR-West website, using the timetable page below and putting in Tokyo to Kanazawa:

https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/travel-information/timetable/

Does anyone know if there is a reservation page for JR-West - as there is with the JR-East link in Daniel's earlier post? I can't seem to find a JR-West reservation form :o(

Jeremy1975
Jeremy1975

Hi Jeremy,

Sorry I don't have an update yet on JR East.

JR East however is the only JR company which offers a reservations service as linked above. So let's hope that the route to Kanazawa is coming back :)

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