I am traveling from Sapporo to Hakodate and will make a stop over at Okumakoen station. I understand that I can make stop over with the same ticket same day. But if I would like to reserve the seat for Sapporo-Okumakoen and Okumakoen- Hakodate sections, how do I do it? Separately ? Or at once when purchase ticket at the JR counter?

  • Do you have a JR pass ? – blackbird Aug 18 '16 at 13:48
  • Is the station you are mentioning called Okuma-Koen? Google only returns results for Onuma-Koen, with an N. – JS Lavertu Aug 18 '16 at 15:06
  • Short answer: Yes, the seat reservations must be made separately, so you will get two separate reserved seat tickets in addition to a single base fare ticket. Since Sapporo to Hakodate is 319 kilometers, your base fare ticket will be valid for three days. – fkraiem Aug 19 '16 at 2:19
  • @fkraiem This is not a duplicate. This question asks specifically about seat reservations, an issue that the other question and its answer don't seem to cover at all. – David Richerby Aug 19 '16 at 9:21
  • Is Onumakoen, typo error, and thanks for the reply, i got the answer ! – 6t0936 Aug 20 '16 at 1:54

Its possible to reserve separately or together.

Which is the best course of action depends on how planned you are.

If you know how much time you wish to stay between trains, you can reserve both trains at the same ticketing office and be sure you have your places ready.

If you are unsure how long, then you should reserve the second leg on the spot when you are ready to leave.

Keep in mind that outside the busy holidays (golden week, obon, etc) there is usually no need to reserve seats as the trains are not full. Note that this might not apply to the line you are taking, verify its popularity before taking a decision.

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    Some trains require reservation, probably unlikely in Hokkaido though – blackbird Aug 18 '16 at 14:17
  • Really? Ive never seen one... – JS Lavertu Aug 18 '16 at 14:20
  • Yeah, I can't remember if I needed that in Hokkaido, but in Honshu for sure, some shinkansen are reservation only japan-guide.com/e/e2016.html – blackbird Aug 18 '16 at 14:23
  • @JSLavertu The Tohoku Shinkansen Hayabusa or Hayate services for example. – The Wandering Coder Aug 18 '16 at 23:57
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    Pleas keep comments civil guys, and take conversations to a Travel Chat. – Mark Mayo Aug 20 '16 at 2:12

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