I will be in Japan for 8 days in early Jan. Plan to be based out of Kyoto and Osaka mostly and will travel from Kyoto to Kanazawa to take the Nohi bus to Shirakawago for a day trip likely on Jan 4 or 5. Also plan to visit Iga Ueno, Seki Juku, Wakayama, Kobe and Himeji Castle during the trip. It seems the 7D Kansai Hokuriku pass is the best pass for my plans. However, I would like to clarify the following:
1. Since the pass only covers unreserved seats on Haruka, Thunderbird, Kuroshio etc, does it mean we will have to pay to reserve seats for our journeys Kyoto <=>Kanazawa? What is the risk if we do not reserve the seats?
2. Does the pass cover Seki(Mie) station?
I know the Takayama Hokuriku pass provides for reserved seats on thunderbird but it does not cover the other areas which I am interested in. Should I take a risk and just get the 7D Kansai Hokuriku pass? Are there any tips on how we can ensure we will still be able to get on the train and have a seat with this pass?
Thanks in advance.