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  1. Hi Takeshi

    You helped me and gave advice for my trip to Hokkaido in March 2017. It was a fantastic trip on JRPass 7 days up to Wakkanai and back down to Tokyo including by Hokkaido Shinkansen.

    Just starting to plan my next trip to Japan in September-October. Since I never took night train (apart from Nagara) when I previously lived in and visited Japan, I’m hoping to take the Sunrise Izumo before JR takes it away like all the other previous night trains!

    A lot of your info about those trains is from a few years back so I just wanted to ask if the timetable and stops remain the same as what is currently on your website, and has there been any changes to booking these? e.g. is it now possible to book online at all? Do reservations still open one month before travel date etc?

    As I am coming for the Rugby World Cup (last week World Rugby announced from ticket sales so far it estimates 600,00 overseas visitors will come to Japan so it’s going to be busy!), I am thinking of asking a colleague in my company’s Tokyo Office to buy a room rather than taking my chances to get a nobinobi space even though I realise it will cost me more, especially since you have often emphasised how hard it is to reserve a nobinobi seat. Are the prices for the room categories still the same?

    last time I was able successfully to reserve seats on JR East’s website with my JR Pass and then pick up the day before travel but this time I will probably spend most of my time in the JR Central (Shizuoka), and JR West & Kyushu areas. it looks like those companies still don’t have a JR Pass online reservation system, right? I see JR West just started their online reservation site. Does it allow seat reservations to be made for JR Pass holders?

    Lastly, as someone who lived close to and used Mishima station a lot for Shinkansen, JR mainline, and a few times the Izu-Hakone line to Shuzenji, it was great to see your story on this station. I only wish I knew the buses went to the Fuji Five Lakes area when I lived there. I was completely ignorant of that!



    1. Hi Simon,

      I’m very happy that you come back to my website.

      Unfortunately JR East is only company which offers online reservation for JR pass user. JR West online site still accepts only regular fare travelers. So please ask your company’s colleague to book Nobi Nobi seat. It’s still sometimes very busy and hard to book.


      Takeshi /

      1. Thanks Takeshi
        Are the room prices still the same for Sunrise Izumo? Does booking still open one month before the date of travel?

          1. Thanks again Takeshi. I’ve booked my first night in Japan…at the Hokutosei Hostel in Nihonbashi. I’d rather be on the real Hokutosei, but since that is no longer possible, this is the next best thing! 🙂

  2. Dear Mr Takeshi

    I have Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass and would like to go to Tottori and Okayama.
    If i use JR San-in Line at Yura Station to Yanago Station , and JR Yakumo to Okayama is the pass cover any of the fare?
    Do i have to pay additional fees to get in this train?

    1. Hi Cheryl,

      Unfortunately this travel (Tottori – Yura – Yonago – Okayama) is not covered by this pass fully. Only Soja – Okayama portion is covered. But this is very small portion of this travel. Basically you have to pay extra fare for most part of this trip.


      Takeshi /

      1. Hello Takeshi

        Thanks for replying

        So if i use this train is the Kansai Hiroshima Pass covered the fare? How much surcharged do i have to pay?
        Tottori Station to Himeji Station (Super Hakuto) unreserved seat 4400 yen
        Himeji Station to Okayama Station (Shinkansen Nozomi) unreserved seat 3200 yen

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