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Several Questions About JR

Hi,

I will travel to a few cities in Japan next week.
Please advise me which train that I need to book seats since I will be traveling during a busy season.
Thank you.

1. Kyoto to Kanazawa on 29 December 2017 by Hokuriku Line Thunderbird Limited Express
2. Kanazawa to Tokyo on 31 December 2017 by SHINKANSEN KAGAYAKI 524
3. Tokyo to Kawaguchiko on 1 January 2018 - I am still confused which route should I take. I stay around Asakusa and I found 2 routes from Tokyo, which one is better going to Shinjuku and take Azusa to Otsuki or going to Mitaka and take Azusa to Otsuki? And does LTD Express Azusa need to be seats reserved?
4. Tokyo to Odawara on 2 January 2018 by SHINKANSEN KODAMA 639
5. Tokyo to Osaka on 3 January 2018 by SHINKANSEN HIKARI 477

And also I am traveling with a 10 months old baby, is it possible to feed the baby in both Shinkansen and LTD Express Train?
Please also correct my Train selections if there is anything better.
Thank you.

Comments

  • edited December 2017
    Hi,
    For Kawaguchiko, either way takes about the same amount of time, but it would be easier for you with less transfers to go by way of Shinjuku - just take the Yamanote Line from Ueno to Shinjuku. I don't see the Azusa come up in my listings, but there is the Ltd Express Kaiji and you don't need seat reservations - that said you are traveling during a peak season and since the reservations are free with the pass (not to mention you're with a baby), getting seat reservations would be a smart thing to do.
    You mention Otsuki so I presume you know you can't take a JR train to Kawaguchiko - you'll need to pay for the Fujikyu train from Otsuki to Kawaguchiko. There are some tourist discount tickets to see the area on:
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6905.html

    You also mention Odawara, so I presume you are going to Hakone. A Hakone Free Pass would save you some money too.
    http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2358_008.html
    The Loop Course is a common way to see all the sights and takes a full day.
    http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e5210.html

    For the end/start of the year, you should check every single place you plan to go first - many stores etc will be closed from around Dec 28-Jan 3rd or 4th. Many restaurants will also be closed, but convenience stores will not. You may have to eat some meals from there. It is a chance though to experience New Year's in Japan.
    https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2276.html

    You can see previews of some of the best places to see in Japan on:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/thejapanfaq/videos

    Hope that helps.
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