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Can't stop over at Sapporo when going from Asahikawa to Chitose airport?

The Hyperdia screenshot gives a hint: the curled arrow indicates backtracking, and that makes this trip a bit special. Here's a (simplified) diagram of the relevant train lines: To Asahikawa ^ ...
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Is the Koboro rail station really inaccessible by land?

The dotted line you see on Google Maps is the administrative border between the districts Yamakoshi and Abuta. Looking at other maps of the region, there is however a foot path from the station to ...
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Traveling with dogs in Japan

Sorry, you cannot take a dog above 10kg on a train in Japan. Per JR East's rules, dogs and other animals can only be transported if they're placed in a fully enclosed crate less than 70cm in length ...
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Stop along the Tokyo-Kyoto Shinkansen for Mt Fuji views

You get pretty good views of Fuji just from the train itself. Unless you're planning on getting a lot closer - car hire, bus trip - then it might just be 'good enough'… it's not small, you can see it ...
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I have a ticket for a conventional railway line. Can I take the Shinkansen instead (or vice versa)?

I had this question earlier so I did my research, and I thought some people might eventually ask the same question. The answer is: likely, if you're not doing crazy things to your ticket. The details ...
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Are there differences between Japan Rail pass vendors?

There is only one Japan Rail Pass. (Well, two: ordinary and Green Car aka First Class.) Any notional differences you're seeing are only because the rules are very complicated and not all sites ...
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How to reserve a seat with Japan Railways (JR)?

When? As a general rule, reservations for a given train open at 10am (Japanese time) one month before departure. For example, reservations for a train departing on May 20 open at 10am on April 20. ...
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Traveling with dogs in Japan

Yamato Unyo, one of the delivery companies, will apparently transport a crated dog from Narita Airport to almost anywhere: https://form.008008.jp/mitumori/PPET0100Action_doInit.action They will ...
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Stay in Osaka, Kyoto or both

Pick Kyoto as your base. It has far more sights of interest than Osaka, and it's easy to daytrip from there not just to Osaka, but to Nara as well. The JRP is actually unnecessary for this, since ...
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Is the Koboro rail station really inaccessible by land?

That's actually quite common. There are stations on the Welsh Highland Railway and Algoma Central that are also accessible only by rail. Many cabins along the Algoma Central are accessible only by ...
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Why isn't the direct route between Nagoya to Osaka covered by the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass?

As its name implies, this pass is intended for travelers who want to visit two areas: the area around Takayama city, and the Hokuriku region (which consists of Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui prefectures)....
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Where does the Tokaido Shinkansen stop in Tokyo?

For Tokaido Shinkansen, Shinagawa station and Tokyo station are the two only stations in Tokyo. You might comfirm this from the offical timetable.
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How to purchase Japan train tickets online and also Japan scenic itinerary?

For travelling outside eastern Japan, there is no way to buy or reserve tickets from abroad. (Unless you can read Japanese) For eastern Japan, you can reserve train tickets on the JR EAST network ...
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Will I have difficulty booking seats on a JR train from Tokyo to Kyoto during Obon?

It's difficult to speculate about seat availabilities, and not very useful since it usually does not change anything to whether or not you can get a seat. That said, I have found that a good method ...
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Will I have difficulty booking seats on a JR train from Tokyo to Kyoto during Obon?

To answer your Question(s) briefly... ...will they already be sold out? That is a hard question to answer definitively, however, almost certainly not for all services as 当日券 [same-day tickets] are ...
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How to purchase Japan train tickets online and also Japan scenic itinerary?

You can't buy individual tickets beforehand online. If you're thinking about getting a JR pass, you need to buy an exchange order from an approved reseller or travel agency in your country before ...
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What does my Shinkansen ticket say?

TL;DR: Your (full) ticket is valid only on July 23rd. Japanese bullet train fares consist of two components: there's the base fare (乗車券 jōshaken, "board train ticket") plus the special fare (特定特急券 ...
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Where does the Tokaido Shinkansen stop in Tokyo?

Tokaido Shinkansen trains stops at Tokyo Station (東京駅) in Chiyoda and Shinagawa Station (品川駅) in Minato. Both stations are accessible by the major urban JR line of Tokyo, the Yamanote Line; Tokyo ...
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Do I have to reboard at the same station after a Japan Rail stopover?

Interpreting Article 150 of the JR Kyushu Conditions of Carriage, no you don't have to board at the same station. You can board on any station that is ahead of the station where you made a stopover ...
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Travelling from Narita airport to Sendai

TL;DR: Don't bother booking in advance, just show up and take an unreserved train. The fastest & easiest way from Narita to Sendai is to fly. However, schedules have been cut due to COVID and ANA ...
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Shinkasen Help, what do I do?

You present both tickets at a manned gate, since the automated gates might not let you through. But you'll be fine. Also, don't use Bookaway for JR tickets. They're an unauthorized third-party service ...
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Where does the Tokaido Shinkansen stop in Tokyo?

Tokaido Shinkansen stops at Tokyo and Shinagawa stations. It also stops at Shin Yokohama station which is in Kanagawa prefecture, but very close to lots area of Tokyo. If you are going to Narita, ...
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Cassiopeia Sleeper Train Japan - Tours?

Yes, The Cassiopeia is still used for tour excursion service from Tokyo. Tours are typically start a minimum of 100 000yen. See the below website (Japanese) for details and tours can be booked from ...
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Can dual citizen children purchase JR Passes?

The Eligibility requirements (PDF file) from this page states: In regard to (1), if a single copy of your Overseas Residential Registration verifies that any family members living with you in ...
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Do I need to disembark when crossing a Japan Rail pass zone boundary?

What I would do is ask the station staff manning the gate at Kurashiki, explain that you are going to Izumoshi and show your pass. It is likely he can issue you a ticket that will take you all the way ...
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Do I need to disembark when crossing a Japan Rail pass zone boundary?

You may travel without disembarking and pay for only the uncovered section (at least with JR West) You do not need to disembark. You must buy extra tickets for only the section not covered by the ...
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How difficult is it to travel with a yumi (longbow) in Japan?

There are a lot of rules for what you're can and can't bring on trains, but in my experience enforcement is very lax if you're not being an obvious nuisance — there are no conductors with tape ...
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How to purchase Japan train tickets online and also Japan scenic itinerary?

Is there any official Japanese website to buy train ticket online? I assume you're speaking about the Train ticket discount for foreign tourists. No: http://www.japanrailpass.net/en/purchase.html ...
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Search for information about Yamanobe-no-michi trail

You'll need to take a train from central Nara to the trailheads, which are a fair way out of town. Tenri Station is 13 min by train from Nara, while Sakurai Stn is about 28 min, both on the JR ...
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Has the Japan Rail Pass changed post-Covid?

There aren't any real changes. However, instead of having to purchase them via an agency, you now have three ways to buy a pass: you can purchase it directly from JR online (https://www.japanrailpass-...
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