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How to read a Shinkansen Reservation Ticket ?

Understand the ticket symbols

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Ticket Office where you can get the seat reservation
The Japan Rail Pass entitles free reservation on all trains that are covered.

You may find that having a specific seat is more convenient than looking for empty seats on unreserved cars.

For some shinkansen (Komachi for Akita, Hayabusa to Shin Hakodate, Kagayaki to Kanazawa for example), reserved seat are required.
 
Platform numbers in English
To make a seat reservation, you will have to go to a JR ticket office with your Japan Rail Pass and tell them your itinerary.

The day of your journey, you just have to show the JR Pass at the control gate and find your seat on the train. The car number will help you to find the right place to wait on the platform. Car numbers are indicated on screen and on the platform floor.

Here is how to read your Shinkansen Reservation Ticket :

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