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do i need green pass during obon

Do I need green pass during Obon

Hello, my itinerary is as follows:

03-Aug Arrive Tokyo Haneda
04-Aug Tokyo
05-Aug Tokyo
06-Aug Tokyo
07-Aug Tokyo
08-Aug Tokyo -> Hakone
09-Aug Hakone -> Hiroshima
10-Aug Hiroshima
11-Aug Hiroshima -> Kyoto
12-Aug Kyoto
13-Aug Kyoto
14-Aug Kyoto
15-Aug Kyoto
16-Aug Kyoto
17-Aug Kyoto -> Tokyo Haneda (5:40pm departure).

1. If I purchase 14 day pass, I assume I should activate it on Aug 4 so I can use it on my Kyoto->Tokyo ride on Aug 17?

  1. On Aug 17, I'd like to take the 8:33am or 8:56am train from Kyoto to Tokyo. I'm worried about Obon and my ability to book seats. Will I have problem booking seats if I book early (say Aug 4)? Do I need to get a Green pass to ensure better chance of seats? We are two adults and 1 child.

Thank you.


Hello there!

The Green Pass gives statically gives you a better for seats, however reserving seats in advance is a much better way to secure seating. I would recommend making seat reservation a week or so in advance. You can do so by going any JR station and tell the JR Staff when and where you wish to travel. They will then make the seat reservations for you.

More details can be found HERE.

Hope this helps!

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