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kyoto to nozawa onsen on 2 january

Kyoto to Nozawa Onsen on 2 January


We are two families that have purchased 7 day green car passes. We need to travel on days 1 and 7 of the passes from Kyoto to Nagano on 2 January and then Nozawa to Tokyo on 8 January. I am concerned about getting from Kyoto to Nagano as this is a very busy period. I understand I can't validate and reserve seats prior to 2 January so could you please advise on best way to secure travel on 2 January?



Hello Clayton,

Will you arrive on January the 2nd in Japan or before then? The JR Pass can be exchanged the moment that you land in Japan. At this point you may exchange the JR Pass and set a first day of use, you may also start making reservations.

If this would not be possible, I'd advise heading to the station in the morning and see when tickets are available. Although I don't think that you'll have to wait very long.

Hope this helps,

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Hi Daniel

Thanks very much!



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