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Shinkansen "Nozomi" to Be Fully Reserved Seating during Golden Week Holidays

April 12, 2024

Shinkansen "Nozomi" to Be Fully Reserved Seating during Golden Week Holidays

During Japan's Golden Week, one of the country's peak travel seasons, the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen "Nozomi" services will operate with fully reserved seating, and unreserved seating will not be available.

This change will be effective from April 26 to May 6, 2024, throughout the Golden Week period.

Based on past experiences, during major holiday seasons like Golden Week, reserved seats tend to fill up quickly, leading to long queues for unreserved seating on the platforms and potential delays in boarding and disembarking. To address these challenges, it was decided to make all seats on the "Nozomi" services fully reserved during this Golden Week period.

Other Shinkansen services such as "Hikari," "Kodama," "Mizuho," and "Sakura" will continue to offer unreserved seating as usual during Golden Week.
However, given their limited availability, these trains are anticipated to be heavily crowded.

Plan Ahead for Your 2024 Golden Week Shinkansen Travel! With this announcement, it is anticipated that reserved seat reservations for the Shinkansen during Golden Week will be in high demand, making it more important than ever to secure your tickets early.

If you're considering a trip to Japan during Golden Week, we recommend securing your Shinkansen tickets with us as soon as possible!

You can search for trains during Golden Week on this page.

Seat guide

Shinkansen seats are available in four levels depending on the comfort and services your require.

Ordinary Seat

Regular seats used on Reserved cars and Unreserved cars of Shinkansen. Consider it as "economy class" seat.

Green Seat

Better seats with more space than ordinary seats. All Green Seats are reserved only. Consider it as "business class" seats.

Reserved Seat (Ordinary Reserved Seat)

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.

Green Reserved Seat

Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who values comfortable travel. Consider it as "business class" seats.

GranClass Seat

Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines. Gran Class seats comes with airline-like amenities and meals.The most expensive of all.

Unreserved Seat

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.



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