Train in Japan : on line reservation Overview

With a Japan Rail Pass

shinkansen and limiteD express

Seat reservations on line for Limited Express or Shinkansen with a Japan Rail Pass are still difficult even if we can notice effort on the JR Company’s websites. The best way is to do the seat reservations you need as soon as you have exchanged your voucher. The only sensible for the reservation is The New Year period and the Golden Week

Please note that in Narita and Haneda airport the JR Travel Service Center will allow only one reservation. Other reservations can be made in any big stations inside Tokyo.
Shinkansen reservation on line
JR East Train reservation

This is the only website with a reservation online system

JR Kyushu Train reservation

You can do on line seat reservation for Kyushu Limited Express trains only if you have booked a Kyushu Rail Pass with a referred travel agency.

It is only for the following  limited Express : Yufuin no Mori (Hakata ↔ Yufuin/Beppu), Yufu (Hakata ↔ Beppu/Oita), Ibusuki no Tamatebako (Kagoshima-Chuo ↔ Ibusuki), KAWASEMI YAMASEMI (Kumamoto ↔ Hitoyoshi), A-TRAIN (Kumamoto ↔ Misumi), Umisachi-Yamasachi (Miyazaki ↔ Nango), Aso Boy! (Beppu/Oita ↔ Aso), SL Hitoyoshi (Kumamoto ↔ Hitoyoshi) Price : 1000 yens
Shinkansen in japan with a japan rail pass
JR West and JR Central :

JR West and JR Central have launched an Tokaido sanyo shinkansen App available in United States, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand.

With this app, you can easily book seats and purchase Shinkansen tickets!
- Beginning one month prior to departure
- Both inside and outside of Japan
- For up to 6 people at once

You can reserve seats if you are using a JAPAN RAIL PASS, JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area /Nagano, Niigata area), JR TOKYO Wide Pass, Hokuriku Arch Pass, JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass, JR Tohoku-South Hokkaido Rail Pass, or HOKKAIDO RAIL PASS. 

Other useful Apps are available : click here to learn more.

JR West has also launched a new service on its website : reservation on line that you can receive directly on a ticket machine.

Your Pass at the best price

National JR Pass From $ 278
JR Kansai Pass From $ 22
JR Kyushu Pass From $ 140
JR Shikoku Pass From $ 82
JR West Pass From $ 183
JR Hokkaido Pass From $ 159
JR Central Pass From $ 130
JR East Pass From $ 246

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