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  1. Hi Fenny, You can make seat reservations as soon as you activate your JR Pass. Reservations can be made at any JR ticket office at any station. Because you are traveling around the holiday season it may be a good idea to make reservations early on in your trip.
  2. Hi Maria, After the shinkansen line to Hokkaido opened earlier this year the overnight train has stopped operating. If you are arriving this late it's probably best to stay overnight at the airport or in Tokyo. Next morning take the shinkansen train from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto. Hakodate is a charming city and a good location for a stop-over. The next day you can take an express train from Hakodate to Sapporo. You can use the nationwide JR pass on all these routes: Tokyo - Hakodate - Sapporo and return. From Tokyo to Shin-Hokodate-Hokuto is around 4 hours on shinkansen + 20 minutes local train to Hakodate. From Hakodate to Sapporo is about 3 hours and 30 minutes by express train. https://www.sapporostation.com/hokkaido-shinkansen-traveling-from-tokyo-to-sapporo/
  3. If you will be coming from JR Shinjuku underground follow the signs to New South Gate. If you end up aboveground from Toei subway exit follow these directions to the bus terminal: https://goo.gl/maps/GDcLzrr1KXk
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    According to Hyperdia the last direct train from Kansai Airport to Kyobashi departs at 23:09 and arrives at 00:22. The fare is ¥ 1,190. http://www.hyperdia.com/cgi/en/search.html?dep_node=KANSAI AIRPORT&arv_node=KYOBASHI(OSAKA)&via_node01=&via_node02=&via_node03=&year=2016&month=08&day=31&hour=23&minute=00&search_type=0&search_way=&transtime=undefined&sort=0&max_route=5&faretype=0&ship=off&lmlimit=null&search_target=route&facility=reserved&sum_target=7
  5. Hi Joe, Yes, the ticket office will be open on August 11th. It is open every day, including public holidays. You can also buy a Shinkansen ticket in advance at any other station, including Narita and Haneda airports.
  6. We don't see any reason why you can't buy the ticket twice.
  7. This ticket is for domestic and international visitors, not local Tokyo residents, so there are some restrictions on where it's sold. The condition that you mentioned is only applied at one location. You don't need to be a shinkansen passenger to buy this ticket at other locations. Other locations may have other conditions that are listed on the official page. For example, at travel agencies the ticket is only sold together with other travel products (transportation, accommodation, travel packages, etc.) for Tokyo.
  8. The first train departure from Osaka Station is at 5 am.
  9. Hi Lena The first train from Hakodate to New Chitose Airport departs at 6:10 am and arrives at the airport at 9:27 am (with a connection at Minami-Chitose). This gives you one hour before your flight. If you are departing on a domestic flight it may be enough, but it's a bit tight. You may want to consider going to the airport the night before and staying at the Airport Terminal Hotel.
  10. There is an overnight bus from Hakodate -> Shin Hakodate Hokuto -> Sapporo. http://www.hokto.co.jp/b_hako.htm
  11. Train stations usually operate from the first until the last train (around 5-6 am to midnight). Stations are closed at night and it's not possible to stay at a station overnight. You can take a local train Hakodate Station (around 20 min). There are many hotels near the station in every price range: http://www.hakodatestation.com/hotels-near-hakodate-station/
  12. New luxury cruise train “Shiki-Shima.” will begin excursions between Tokyo’s Ueno Station and northern Japan from May 1st 2017. This 10 car features observation cars at front and rear, one lounge car, one dining car, and six cars devoted to private suites including one car that holds a Deluxe Suite and a maisonette style “Shiki-Shima Suite.” http://www.japanstation.com/jr-east-to-debut-luxury-cruise-train-shiki-shima-in-may-2017/
  13. From Hakodate you can take a local Hakodate Liner train to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto. From there you can take a direct shinkansen train to Tokyo. More information about Hakodate Liner and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station: http://www.hakodatestation.com/shin-hakodate-hokuto-station/ To find fares and schedules visit: http://www.hyperdia.com/
  14. To get to Sapporo from Tokyo you will need to take a shinkansen train from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto and connect there to another train to Sapporo. You can find the details here: http://www.sapporostation.com/hokkaido-shinkansen-traveling-from-tokyo-to-sapporo/ New Year's holidays are a busy travel time in Japan. It may be a good idea to reserve your train tickets as soon as you arrive in Japan. With the Japan Rail Pass you don't need to pay anything extra but you do need to make reservations in advance at any JR ticket office.
  15. Hi Theresa, Unfortunately, there are no hotels around Shin Hakodate Hokuto Station at the moment. There is one under construction. The last shinkansen train departs Tokyo at 19:20 and arrives at Shin Hakodate Hokuto at 23:33. You can then take a Hakodate Liner train to Hakodate, it only takes 20 minutes to get there. The last Hakodate Liner departs from Shin Hakodate Hokuto 23:46. There are many hotels to choose from near Hakodate station. http://www.hakodatestation.com/hotels-near-hakodate-station/ The next morning you can catch a direct train from Hakodate to Sapporo.
  16. Hi Matt, Yes, the new Hokkaido shinkansen is covered by Nationwide Japan Rail Pass (not Hokkaido Rail Pass) Yes, the new service is on Hyperdia. Search for a train from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto (uncheck airplane option).
  17. Here is a list of places where you can buy the tickets: http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/value/travel/index.html#anc02 [Other Places of Purchase in Tokyo] 1. BIC CAMERA and Sofmap BIC CAMERA Yurakucho Store, BICQLO BIC CAMERA Shinjuku East Store, BIC CAMERA Akasaka-mitsuke Station Store, BIC CAMERA Ikebukuro Main Store, BIC CAMERA Shibuya East Store, BIC CAMERA Shibuya Hachiko Store, BIC CAMERA Shinjuku East Store, BIC CAMERA Shinjuku West Store and Sofmap Akihabara Main Store *Passports will be checked. 2. Laox Laox Akihabara Main Store, Laox AsoBitCity Store, Laox Shinjuku Main Store, Laox WATCH, Laox Ginza Main Store and Laox EXITMELSA Store *Passports will be checked. 3. HIS Tourist Information Center Shinjuku Head Office, Shinjuku 3-chome, Ginza Head Office, Ginza Core and Harajuku *Passports will be checked.
  18. You can take Airport Limousine bus from Courtyard By Marriott Tokyo Ginza Hotel. It's only a couple of blocks from your hotel. https://www.limousinebus.co.jp/en/bus_services/haneda/ginza_shiodome.html Ask the concierge at your hotel to make a reservation for you.
  19. Here is a list of places you can buy a Tokyo Subway 72 hours ticket: http://www.tokyometro.jp/en/ticket/value/travel/index.html#anc02 This ticket is for domestic and international visitors, not local Tokyo residents, so there are some restrictions on where it's sold. For you it will probably be easiest to buy the ticket at one of the travel agencies at Kyoto station. Nippon Travel Agency is located just outside Kyoto Station’s north central ticket gates. You can find a photo at the end of this page: http://www.kyotostation.com/atm-cash-machines-currency-exchange-at-kyoto-station/
  20. Hi Pam. The Tokyo Subway ticket will be valid on MOTO-YAWATA to MIZUE part, but not the Keisei line from the airport. Unless you plan to ride the subway a lot in the following two days it may be a better idea to get an IC card (like PASMO or Suica) at the airport. This card can be used on all lines, including Keisei and subways. http://www.japanstation.com/japans-prepaid-transportation-cards-ic-cards/ You can familiarize yourself with the walk from KEISEI-YAWATA to MOTO-YAWATA on Google Maps. Most Japanese cities have good Google Street View coverage.
  21. Hi Angie, I moved your question into a separate topic. Going from Hakodate to Aomori you will need to take a regular train from Hakodate to Shin-Hakodate Hokuto (about 20 min) and then change to shinkansen train to Shin-Aomori. From Shin-Aomori you can take a taxi to your destination or a local train to Aomori station. It's only 4km from Shin-Aomori to Aomori station.
  22. Yes, you can use a Suica card on Kyoto buses and subways. You can also add funds to your Suica card at refill machines in many subway stations.
  23. You are generally allowed to take a bicycle on a train provided it's disassembled (wheels removed) and packed in a bag. You shouldn't have a problem taking a packed bike on the airport train as it has special luggage space.
  24. 13:15hr and 14:15hr are the only direct Haruka Express services. Try Hyperdia.com to look for other connecting services, but keep in mind that it will probably take longer because of slower trains.
  25. The best way to travel from Kyoto directly to Kansai airport is the Haruka Limited Express train. On March 8th Haruka Limited Express operates at the following times that may be convenient for you: LTD. EXP HARUKA 25 - Depart Kyoto 13:15 - Arrive Kansai Airport 14:34 LTD. EXP HARUKA 27 - Depart Kyoto 14:15 - Arrive Kansai Airport 15:34 The seats cannot be reserved online, but there shouldn't be a problem buying reserved seats the day before or on the day of travel. For more details about Haruka Limited Express take a look at our Kyoto - Kansai Airport transport article: http://www.kyotostation.com/traveling-between-kyoto-and-kansai-international-airport/