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Internet Reservation Service for Overseas Customers "JR-EAST Shinkansen Reservations" Starts Tuesday, March 25, 2008

East Japan Railway Company

March 4, 2008

A growing number of visitors to Japan are riding trains, and to further promote the use of the railways and to make that use more convenient, JR East is introducing an Internet service that will allow overseas visitors to book seat reservations before they leave for Japan.

  • This service will make it easy to use the Internet to book advance seat reservations on the Shinkansen and on principal limited express trains (ordinary car and Green Car) on conventional lines in the JR East service area.
  • Visitors from overseas can book seat reservations through this site even if they are using a JR East Pass or Japan Rail Pass, which are convenient discount rail passes for visitors to Japan.
  • The site can also be used to look up times and fares for all Available Trains (see below).
  1. An Overview of the Service
    • Site name : JR-EAST Shinkansen Reservation
    • URL : http://jreast-shinkansen-reservation.eki-net.com
    • Language : English
    • Service starts : At 14:00 (Japan time) on Tuesday, March 25, 2008
    • Available Trains
      Trains on all Shinkansen lines and reserved seating (ordinary cars and Green Cars) on principal limited express trains on conventional lines in the JR East service area
      Available Trains Names of Available Trains
      Shinkansen Tohoku Shinkansen Hayate, Max Yamabiko, Yamabiko, Max Nasuno, Nasuno
      Yamagata Shinkansen Tsubasa
      Akita Shinkansen Komachi
      Joetsu Shinkansen Max Toki, Toki, Max Tanigawa, Tanigawa
      Nagano Shinkansen Asama
      Limited Express Trains on Conventional Lines Narita Express, Super Hitachi, Fresh Hitachi
      Super Azusa, Azusa, Kaiji
      Super View Odoriko, Odoriko
    • From Placing Reservations to Receiving Tickets (membership registration takes place on first use of the service)
      (1)  Specify the desired train, the reservation date, the ticket pick-up location, and the pick-up date.
      (2)  A reservation reply e-mail will be sent.
      (3)  After arriving in Japan, pick up the reserved tickets at Narita Airport, any major JR East station in the Tokyo area, or another specified location.
      Reservations can be made from one month before the date to be reserved and up to 17:00 (Japan time) on the third day before the date to be reserved.
      Membership registration is free of charge, but requires a credit card. The following credit cards can be used: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, and View Card.
      To pick up your ticket, present the registered credit card and a printout of the reservation notification e-mail.
      Tickets can be picked up any time that ticket windows are open, but no later than 21:00 (Japan time) on the day before the travel date.
    • Utilization Goal
      20,000 seats per year, beginning in FY 2008

    <<Reference>>

  2. Convenient Discount Rail Pass for Overseas Visitors to Japan

    JR East Pass
    This pass allows passengers to ride in reserved seating on limited express and express trains on all JR East lines, including Shinkansen lines, and to travel to and from all stations on those lines. You can select from three types of pass, with different durations to suit your period of travel. JR East also offers youth passes and flexible passes that allow free choice of travel days within a one-month period.
    Type Ordinary Car Green Car
    Adult
    (26 or older)
    Youth
    (12-25 years)
    Child
    (6-11 years)
    Adult
    (12 or older)
    Child
    (6-11 years)
    5-day period
    ¥20,000
    ¥16,000
    ¥10,000
    ¥28,000
    ¥14,000
    10-day period
    ¥32,000
    ¥25,000
    ¥16,000
    ¥44,800
    ¥22,400
    Flexible 4-day period
    ¥20,000
    ¥16,000
    ¥10,000
    ¥28,000
    ¥14,000
    Japan Rail Pass
    This pass allows passengers to ride in reserved seating on limited express and express trains on all JR lines throughout Japan, including Shinkansen lines, and to travel to and from all stations on those lines. (Some trains are excluded, including Nozomi trains on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines, and sleeping-car trains.)
    Type Ordinary Car Green Car
    Adult
    (12 or older)
    Child
    (6-11 years)
    Adult
    (12 or older)
    Child
    (6-11 years)
    7-day period
    ¥28,300
    ¥14,150
    ¥37,800
    ¥18,900
    14-day period
    ¥45,100
    ¥22,550
    ¥61,200
    ¥30,600
    21-day period
    ¥57,700
    ¥28,850
    ¥79,600
    ¥39,800
  3. Convenient Discount Rail Pass for Overseas Visitors to Japan

      FY 2004 FY 2005 FY 2006 FY 2007
    (as of January 31)
    JR East Pass Sales and Exchanges
    * Sales began in 1998.
    10,304 passes
    (136% year-on-year)
    11,123 passes
    (108% year-on-year)
    14,432 passes
    (130% year-on-year)
    16,856 passes
    (147% of previous year same period)
    Japan Rail Pass JR East Share of Exchanges
    * Sales began in 1981.
    131,937 passes
    (121% year-on-year)
    140,910 passes
    (107% year-on-year)
    162,540 passes
    (115% year-on-year)
    168,412 passes
    (123% of previous year same period)
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