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Travel around Kyoto New Year

kr456
kr456
over 3 years ago
2 responses

Hi, we are travelling to Japan in December/ January. We plan to go from Osaka to Kyoto in the afternoon on 29 December using a JR pass.
Q1 Will we be able to turn up and get on a train or should we pre-book using our pass.
Q2 We want to travel to Takayama on 1/1/2015. How best to do this with JR pass to make sure we get on a train (assuming trains operate 1 January)?
Q3 Where will we be able to change money for a reasonable rate during this period?

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Daniel-san
12248 posts
over 3 years ago
Expert button 2

Hello there,

1.) Trains between Osaka and Kyoto depart very frequently (up to every 10 minutes). So there's no need to reserve tickets in advance. Most trains are local trains in any event and don't have seat reservations available.

2.) Trains certainly operate on the 1st of January but please be sure to book your tickets as soon as you arrive in Japan.

3.) The best way is to just use your own bank card at a post office ATM which accepts most major foreign cards. For more information see http://www.jp-bank.japanpost.jp/en/ias/en_ias_index.html

Hope this helps!
Daniel

kr456
kr456
2 posts
over 3 years ago

Thankyou, this is very helpful.

Can I confirm, do we book the JR seats at a post office?

Regards

kr

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Daniel-san
12248 posts
over 3 years ago
Expert button 2

Hi Again!

You can reserve seats at any JR station.

The post office is just for money.


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