Tokaido Shinkansen ‘Nozomi’ Runs Without Unreserved Seats from Today until January 4 Next Year

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JR Central and JR West have announced that the ‘Nozomi’ services on the Tokaido Shinkansen will operate with all seats reserved, suspending unreserved seating from today, December 28, until January 4, 2024, during the year-end and New Year period.

Passengers with non-reserved express tickets can still board by standing in the ordinary car deck, but both companies are urging passengers to reserve designated seats in advance for smooth boarding.

According to JR Central, during this year’s Obon holiday period, the Tokaido Shinkansen experienced early full booking of reserved seats, resulting in congested platforms and staircases with passengers waiting for unreserved seats, as well as delays due to time-consuming boarding and alighting. By making ‘Nozomi’ fully reserved, the company aims to ease congestion and ensure safe operation. Other services such as ‘Hikari’ and ‘Kodama’ will continue to offer unreserved seating as usual.

Furthermore, reserved seats for the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen can be booked online from one year before the journey.

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