If I use the Japan Rail Pass will I be pushed onto overcrowded trains?

No, you won’t.  Many people have seen YouTube videos where this happens but those aren’t Japan Rail trains.  This happens on busy subway lines in Tokyo, Osaka and other big Japanese cities.  You will experience this if traveling by subway in Tokyo during rush hour.

Also please note that during crowded periods you cannot be guaranteed a seat on a specific train.

  • The New Year holiday period (end of December to early January)
  • Golden Week holiday period (end of April to early May)
  • Obon season (mid August)
  • Long weekends

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