I have heard that Japanese trains can be very crowded sometimes. Are there times best avoided when planning on travelling by shinkansen in Japan?
The busiest times of the year for travelling by shinkansen are during the holiday periods when many people travel from the big cities to their relatives in the country. At the peak, some trains may be running at up to 200% capacity (i.e. up to 100 peoplestandingin each car), despite the provision of extra services. The busiest periods are the New Year (first week of January), Golden Week (end of April/beginning of May), and the O-bon (summer) holiday period (beginning of August).
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