questions & answers: using the japan rail pass

travelling this saturday

Travelling this saturday

Hi there I am staying in Hakone and want to travel back to Tokyo on Saturday. I have a JR pass but am worried that its Obon next week and there is a storm on the way the trains could be full. My hotel have told me I have to travel all the way to Odawara to check if there are seats or to book seats (that's a 2 hour 2000 yen round trip)? Isnt there a way I can check availability or even better book online (or book on the telephone?)? What should I do?


Hi there,

Tell me what time you wish to travel and I'll have a look in the JR Booking system. This is only available between 6.30 and 22.30 Japanese time, so I can't do it right now but will post it ASAP. Odawara and Tokyo are pretty close and you can always line up for a non reserved seat if they are told out. Or use a local train or the Odakyu service. So don't worry :)

You can also check seat availability using yourself. However you do need to be good with Japanese, or you could ask your host.

Hope this helps and let me know if I can help!


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