questions & answers: using the japan rail pass




Can you tell me if I can expect any differences in travel during Obon? Can you tell me how to reserve my seats in advance?

Thank you.


Hi there!

Yes - during Obon festival (about 3 days around the 15th of August), you can expect to see busier public transport network in Japan. Most people will return home and visit family so travel can be a busy experience!

While seat reservations with a Japan Rail Pass are free, there is no simple way to reserve in advance of arrival in Japan. To minimise the impact to your travel, I recommend reserving all your seats as soon as you land in Japan.

Hope this helps!


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