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Golden Week 2016

about 2 years ago
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I'm going to be arriving in Tokyo at Haneda airport on May 3rd, staying in Tokyo for a few days and then I would like to take the train using JRP to Kyoto for a night on May 5th, then go to Yahata station the following day for a few hours and then return back to Tokyo on May 6th.

  1. Am I able to book/try to make train reservations from Haneda airport?
  2. Since I will be traveling during Golden Week, do you think that there is a chance I won't be able to book a train ticket once I arrive in Tokyo on May 3rd?? Will that be too late to make seat reservations? I anticipate leaving each morning around 10am or so.
  3. If I buy the Green JRP, can I book / make a reservation for my train tickets now in the United States?
  4. For the stations that I'm going to: Kyoto - Yahata, does the green JRP afford me that much more?
  5. I read online that "Travel activity is anticipated to peak on April 29 and May 3 with people leaving the large urban centers and on May 1, 5 and 8 in the opposite direction." So maybe my traveling from Tokyo - Kyoto - Yahata is going the opposite way as most Japanese on vacation??

Thanks in advance for your help!

12217 posts
almost 2 years ago
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Hi there,

1.) Yes, seat reservations can be made right away at the airport.

2.) I don't expect any problems getting tickets if you book a couple of days in advance.

3.) It is not possible to make seat reservations outside of Japan, for any class.

4.) You get a nicer seat with more space. However I am not sure if it would be worth the money. Trains will be pretty busy both in Green and Ordinary class during Golden Week.

5.) This is correct. It may indeed less busy going to Yahata than the other way around.

Hope this helps,

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