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reserving seats before arriving in japan

Reserving seats before arriving in Japan

We are travelling to Japan in Golden week and doing a lot of rail travel. We are visiting a Japanese friend and she would like to reserve seats now for us. As i read it, the rail pass is activated only when in Japan. We are arriving on 27 April and would want to start using (and therefore activating) the pass from 28th April.

I have seen reference that what you purchase is in fact an exchange order in the UK which is converted into the rail pass when you wish to activate, after having arrived in Japan. Do you actually get a rail pass rather than an exchange order?

Can someone in Japan reserve seats for someone in advance of arrival? If so how can that be done?
Does the order or pass have a number which can be used now to reserve seats even though the pass is not activated till 28th April?

Many thanks.

jake
jake

Hi there!

Here are some answers for you:

I have seen reference that what you purchase is in fact an exchange order in the UK which is converted into the rail pass when you wish to activate, after having arrived in Japan. Do you actually get a rail pass rather than an exchange order?

jrpass.com provides a Japan Rail Pass Exchange Order which is converted into a full Japan Rail Pass on arrival in Japan at the JR ticket office. You can see more about the Japan Rail Pass exchange process in our video here.

Can someone in Japan reserve seats for someone in advance of arrival? If so how can that be done? Does the order or pass have a number which can be used now to reserve seats even though the pass is not activated till 28th April?

Yes, provided your friend is a Japanese speaker they can place reservations on your behalf for free online here at eki-net.com. They can place as many reservations as you think you will need here and do not need to use an id or otherwise to place them.

I hope this helps!

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