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arriving in tokyo and going straight to kyoto during obon festival

Arriving in Tokyo and going straight to Kyoto during Obon festival


I will arrive in Tokyo on August 14th around noon and I'm planning to take a train to Kyoto on the same day. Since this is during Obon festival, I wonder if it will be difficult to find seats on a bullet train (one for which the JR Pass is valid) ?

Thanks in advance,


Hi there,

Yes it may be harder than usual and there's a possibility that you may not be able to travel on the train that you would wish to travel on but have to take a train or two later. Will you be travelling alone? In that case I don't think that you'll have to worry much because there's always an empty seat somewhere.

Hope this helps!

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