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  1. Konnichiwa!

    Dear Takeshi, I will be travelling to Japan in July and would really like to take the Sunrise Izumo night train from Tokyo to Hiroshima. I would love to experience a night train in Japan. I have the JR pass.

    I understand that these tickets sell out really fast, are not available online and can be purchased from 1 month in advance.

    I would travel on my 3rd day in Japan, on 3rd July at 22:00, so if I wait until I arrive there, it will be too late.

    Can you please advise how can I reserve them? Is there a phone I can call to do this? Will any of the staff be english speakers? What information do I need to provide to reserve the tickets?

    Arigatou!
    Pelayo

    1. Hi Pelayo,

      You can book a seat at any stations. The easiest way is booking when you exchange JR Pass. You can exchange the pass right after you arrive in Japan. Even if you don’t start using JR pass right after you arrive, you can exchange it. You may pick the date when you start using it. Once you get the actual pass, you can start booking.

      There is no phone booking service. The only way is booking after you arrive in Japan. So try to book it as soon as possible after you arrive in Japan. Unfortunately this is only way to book.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  2. Hello Takeshi-San,

    Our party of 4 will be arriving in Tokyo on 9 August 2019 (late noon) and I understand it is peak period because of the Obon Festival. We will head to Takasaki from Narita Airport. Can you advise if it is difficult for us to buy train/shinkansen tickets? Will taking the bus be better instead?

    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Serena

    1. Hi Serena,

      I think you will be okay. Most travelers will start the trip on 10th. Probably it will be busier in the afternoon on 9th but it is not very serious yet. And also you can get Takasaki by the commute train in the worst case. You can get there anyway.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

  3. Hello Takeshi San,
    Pls suggest best rail/bus pass for below itinerary travelling end June 2019:
    arrive Haneda airport – stay 2 nights in Urayasu area Tokyo – travel to Takayama (2 nights stay with visit to shirakawago) – travel to Kyoto (5 nights – visit Heroshima, Miyajima, Osaka, Himeji castle, maybe Nara) – travel to Shinjuku area Tokyo(4 nights – visit a day visit to Mount Fuji, and 2 days in local Tokyo area.

  4. hi takeshi! im looking at chuo bus going to mitsui outlet park iriguchi. is this the same as mitsui outlet park kitahiroshima? thanks!

  5. Hello Takeshi San,

    We plan to visit Japan for 10 days coming November. Will buy the JR East 5 days flexi Pass.
    Will be staying at Kawazu, Hamamatsu, Atami and Shinjuku.

    Please advice if I can make advance purchase of all train tickets (10 days) at the Narita International Airport JR or JR East Ticketing Office? If not, where can I purchase advance tickets.

    Best regards, David Lee.

    1. Hi David san,

      You may use JR East Pass Nagano Niigata 5-day for your trip. But Hamamatsu is not in the coverage area. You have to pay for Atami-Hamamatsu segment. And also this pass does not cover the Shinkansen between Tokyo, Atami and Hamamatsu. So if you intend to take the Shinkansen from Hamamatsu to Tokyo (or versa), you have to pay for Atami-Tokyo even though this is in the coverage area. You must take the limited express Odoriko or other ordinary train between Atami and Tokyo.
      https://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-access-to-atami-ito-shimoda-and-other-places-in-izu-peninsula-by-railways.html

      And also you must use the pass for Tokyo-Narita airport round trip to get the worth of it. You cannot get the worth of this pass by Shinjuku-Atami-Kawazu-Shinjuku. It costs around 12,000 to 13,000 yen. The one way trip costs around 3,000 yen for Tokyo to/from Narita by Narita Express.

      You can purchase and book at Narita Airport station. Once you exchange the pass, you can book a seat later at other major JR East station, such as Tokyo, Shinjuku.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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