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Shinkansen Reservation

Hi,

I've got some problems on Shinkansen seat reservation because I'm not so sure which Shinkansen lines should I go for.

Can I go to Odawara station from Tokyo by Shinkansen? Which line?
What about Odawara to Kyoto?
Kyoto to Osaka?
Osaka to Hiroshima?

How can I fully utilized my 7 days JR pass by going to all those places that I've mentioned above?

Rie Chong
Rie Chong

Hi there!

There's only one Shinkansen line going down south from Tokyo to Hiroshima. This map gives a great overview of stations and locations.

This means that the Shinkansen line is the same and your stops Odawara, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima are all on the same line.

All these places are covered by the JR Pass what you could do is: Tokyo - Odawara - Kyoto - Hiroshima - Osaka and back to Tokyo. This way you can limit the amount of travel that you do on a single day. The route does not really matter that much though, just be sure to travel all the shinkansen parts before the pass expires.

I hope this helps!
Daniel

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Daniel-san
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Dear Daniel,

Thank you! The map is awesome! :)

I wanted to go to Nara. Is Jr pass covers this area as well?

Should I go to Nara from Kyoto or Osaka?

Which route is shorter?

Rie Chong
Rie Chong

Hi Again!

Both Kyoto (59 minutes away) and Osaka (55minutes away) are close to Nara and you can use to JR Pass to travel from both to Nara, so no extra fees needed :D

Going there from both stations is fine but I think that Kyoto station would be the better option because it is easy to find the right trains and platforms there, whist Osaka can be somewhat confusing.

Either way both are fine!
Daniel

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