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Hi Admin

I plan to buy 7 day JR Pass.

Two questions in this topic

1) As I can see the first train to depart from Hakodate Station to Tokyo is 0601, may I know what time does the station open at Hakodate?

And with all the reservation of seats to be done during the said time, I am only apprehensive if timing is a constraint? Or reservation can be made night before?

2) Upon reaching Tokyo, and example using the JR lines to reach different station, how do we use? Apologies, my mindset is long journey I can understand the concept. But for short stops example Tokyo Station to Asakusabashi Station, is the concept the same?

Thanks in advance for the reply.



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Hi Raymond,

1. The stations usually open about 30 minutes before the first train. Reservations can be made anytime after you activate your rail pass. Making a reservation the night before is probably a good idea.

2. In Tokyo you can use a JR Pass on any JR lines (not subway or other private lines). There is a map of all JR lines in Tokyo in this article: https://www.japanstation.com/japan-rail-pass-discounted-travel-on-japan-railways/

To use your Japan Rail Pass, simply present it to JR staff at ticket gates. Do not go through automatic gates, go to the manned counter.

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On 6/28/2019 at 3:07 AM, kikukat said:

Is there an office in the Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station where I can activate my JR voucher for a rail pass?  I would like to take the Shinkansen to somewhere on Honshu.

You can activate your JR Pass at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station JR Ticket office (open every days from 9:00 to 19:00) 

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