If you are planning to visit major tourist places in Japan in August, we recommend you to read this article and purchase Shinkansen tickets online NOW.
Obon or just Bon is a Japanese Buddhist holiday that honors the return of the spirits of ancestors. It's a summer holiday in which people return to their hometowns to visit the graves of their departed relatives.
It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.
The starting date of the festivals of Obon varies within different regions of Japan. However, the most commonly nation-wide celebrated time is around August 15th, and it is customary that people are given leave around this period.
So, the Obon week in mid August is one of Japan's three major holiday seasons, accompanied by intensive domestic and international travel activities and increased accommodation rates.
Every year exact Obon dates are different. In 2017, the peak of the Obon travel season is anticipated to take place between August 11th and August 20th.
The busiest days are expected to be around August 11th to 12th with people leaving the major cities, and August 15th to 16th with people returning to the major cities.
The period between August 11th and August 20th would still be busy for traffic and Shinkansen, so we highly recommend you to purchase reserved seat tickets online in advance before the seats get sold out for that period.
If reserved seat tickets get sold out, you can still buy unreserved seat tickets, but you may end up lining up for Shinkansen and standing during your travel in the train.
We know that people want to book tickets during these peak periods as soon as they fix their travel dates. However, the Japan Railways (JR) group only accepts reservation from one month before the travel date. You can see some people standing in a line at stations in the morning to buy tickets for peak periods one month later.
We, Shinkansen-Ticket.com, on the other hand, accpet orders of tickets for more than a month ahead or even for next year. When we receive orders of tickets for a date more than one month ahead, we buy tickets on the very release day of JR, which is one month before the travel date, to securely book your seats on your behalf.
If you plan to ride Shinkansen during the peak periods, reserve tickets from our website once you decide your dates.
Regular seats used on Reserved cars and Unreserved cars of Shinkansen. Consider it as "economy class" seat.
Better seats with more space than ordinary seats. All Green Seats are reserved only. Consider it as "business class" seats.
Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.
Seats are the same as Ordinary Seat.
Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who
Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines.
You can take any open seats in unreserved cars of any train on the departure date. (No departure time will be indicated on your tickets.)
The best seat type if your priority is the cost and are traveling during less-crowded season/time.
For further information and photos, please visit official page at http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/ticket/types.html