I planned to visit Japan at 10th-18th August, but I didn't know that those date coincide with Obon season. The problem is that I've heard that Shinkansen trains are very crowded and fully booked on those dates, and I'm planning to travel to Nikko and Kyoto from Tokyo by Shinkansen. Here is my travel date plan:
- 13th August to Nikko (Shinkansen stop at Utsunomiya), round trip
- 14th to Kyoto
- 17th back to Tokyo
I am planning to use JR Pass for 7 days at that time. Can I reserve the Shinkansen seats before activating my JR Pass? If I can't, is there any chance to get seats for above dates on Sunday (12th August)?