Should I Reserve a Seat?
Making seat reservations with your JR Pass
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Which trains have reserved seats?
Limited express trains also have unreserved cars, although the number varies depending on the line (ranging from one to three). These will also be marked on both the train and the platform.
Do i need a reservation?
NOTE 1 : The day that you take your voucher in to exchange it for a rail pass does not need to be the start date of your pass; you can set it to start on another day. Once the voucher is exchanged, you can make ticket reservations at any time you would like, as long as the date of your train travel falls within the date the rail pass can be used.
NOTE 2 : From May 2020, a seat reservation near the luggage area will be MANDATORY in the shinkansen of the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu lines if the sum of the dimensions of your luggage exceeds 160 cm. In addition, the total height + width + depth of each item must be less than 250 cm.