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when to reserve seat

When to reserve seat

Hi, we plan to buy a 7 day JR pass but only to use on the fourth day upon our arrival. Therefore I plan to activate it in Shinjuku Station in the morning, before we depart to Hakone. As I prefer to reserve seat so the four of us can seat together (we travel with two children), I wonder if we can reserve seats before we activate the JR Pass? If must reserve seat at the same time with activation, will there be a risk that we will not be able to sit together (we travel in midst of June)? Thank you .


Hi there,

You can make seat reservations at any time once you have activated the JR Pass.

This can be done at any JR station in person.

Also see:

I don't think you will find any problems reserving tickets in June.

Hope this helps,


Arigato gozaimas, Daniel - San


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