questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

sapporo yuki matsuri 2016

Sapporo Yuki Matsuri 2016

Can you tell me if it is possible to get seats during the Matsuri, Feb 5-11 from Tokyo to Sapporo and back?

I want to book hotels in Sapporo but hesitate if the trains are gonna be sold out.

Thank you for your assistance!

SURFREN
SURFREN

Hi there,

Yes it is possible to get train tickets from Tokyo - Sapporo. However do keep in mind that the entire route takes about 9-10 hours of train travel. These means you can't just make a day trip to Sapporo.

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Daniel, thank you for that info. Another Q: Can foreign travelers purchase regular reserved seats not using the Rail Pass, i.e. using the Hayabusa Shinkansen, and can these tickets be purchased in advance of travel or arrival into Japan?

Onegaishimasu....

SURFREN
SURFREN

Hi again!

Generally it is not possible to buy tickets in advance outside of Japan.

Some trains run by JR East van be booked in advanced with and without a JRPass using:
http://www.eki-net.com/pc/jreast-shinkansen-reservation/English/wb/common/Menu/Menu.aspx

Hope this helps,
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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