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is it possible to reserve a seat for the train which will set off a few hours later

Is it possible to reserve a seat for the train which will set off a few hours later

Hi everyone

I would like to go to Hokkaido on 20th May by the overnight train - HAMANASU at 22:42

However, I arrive at Tokyo Narita Airport at 6.45 a.m. on 20th May.

Do you think I can reserve a seat at the station Midori no Mado Guchi ticket offices once I arrive in Tokyo Airport ?

As that is the only one overnight train to Hokkaido, if I cannot board it, I have nowhere to stay that night.

Thank you very much


Hi there,

It may be possible since the 20th is on a Monday, still night trains are always very popular and it can be hard obtaining a reservation at any time. The nice thing about the Hamanasu is that it always has a couple of cars with non-reserved seats. So it case everything sells out you can still get a seat but you have to come to the station at least an hour to line up for the train and beat the other crowds.

Still I would recommend making a plan B, just in case things don't work out.

You can see seat availability on this website, unfortunately it is only in Japanese but if you put 青森 (Aomori) in the first field and 札幌 (Sapporo) and select the lowest option at お乗りになる列車 (3rd field) that you can see seats available for your selected train.

Feel free to post here again around the time that you travel and I can check it for you!

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