Is it enough to buy Shinkansen tickets at the day of departure or should I buy them several days in advance if I want to secure a seat? I'll be travelling between Osaka and Hiroshima during early April.

  • Remember there are non-reserved seats as well.
    – fkraiem
    Jan 3, 2016 at 14:39

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In April, the only period to watch out for would be Golden Week at the very end of the month (April 29-May 5), when transport gets packed. Early April will be fine though, and you'll have no problem reserving seats on the same day.

  • What if the Sakura happens to bloom in early April, does it affect travel by Shinkansen?
    – user32382
    Jan 4, 2016 at 4:13
  • Not really. The cherry blossoms come to you, you don't need to travel to see them. There are a few famous spots that do get some cherry blossom tourism (Kyoto, Yoshino), but not enough to fill shinkansen, and neither Osaka nor Hiroshima is on the list. Jan 4, 2016 at 4:54
  • The cherry blossom forecast currently estimates both Hiroshima and Osaka will bloom between April 3rd and 11th.
    – rom016
    Feb 27, 2016 at 17:41

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