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Green vs ordinary and reservatiins

9 months ago
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Hello Daniel-san,

Our upcoming trip is in November. Four adults and two children. I understand the ordinary pass is easiest as you don’t necessarily need to make reservations. However, we are travelling a few days during the Nov public holiday and the weekend that follows.

1). Is that a very busy travel time and are reservations usually necessary then?

2). How far ahead would reservations need to be made?

3). Travelling with children 8 and 10. Is green car frowned upon with kids?

4). Can all reservations be made at a ticket machine or must you go to the JR office?

5). How inconvenient is it to make the reservations? Are lines usually long?

6). With Green pass, are you able to go in the ordinary unreserved cars?

7). Is there any way to book online once in Japan? Route is between Tokyo and Hiroshima and return.

Thank you very much for your assistance, as always.

18855 posts
9 months ago

Hi there,

1.) Yes, seat reservations are highly recommended during pulic holidays.

2.) Usually 2-4 days ahead of time.

3.) Children are welcome in the Green Car, but are expected to behave and be quiet, as any other passenger.

4.) Both is possible

5.) It really depends, some stations can be very busy like Tokyo, others don't really see much traffic at all. What you can do is decide what trains you want to take and make all the reservations ahead of time in one go. Both saving time and securing your seats.

6.) Yes, or reserve an ordinary seat as well.

7.) We do not yet offer online reservations for purchased made with us, I do hope it will be here soon.

Kind regards,

5 posts
9 months ago

Thank you so much!

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