I am currently in Tokyo and have been in the country since last friday morning. Since I have been here I have had a few issues with booking train tickets to and from the circuit Friday to Sunday. I am saying in Naygoya.
Apparently race day the trains are chaos so wanted to book reserved tickets on the train. There are 2 lines to the track (or close buy anyway) one being the JR Line and the other the Kintetsu line.
It is important to note the the JR line is the “national line” and reserve tickets can be booked from any station in Japan. If you book on the JR line there is a change over to another line that has a small cost. So if you take this option book as soon as you get to Japan.
The Kintetsu Line is the other option, and as pointed out by Australian before the line from Naygoya to Shiroko station with a quick bus ride or taxi the best option. The issue he is that as the Kintetsu line is a private line and can only be booked through them. There are outlets in stations all over Japan but when I went in and enquired about tickets was told these can only be booked in Naygoya Station. That didn’t make sense to me but was told they could help me.
Due to meeting friends we have gone from Tokyo to Kyoto and back again. I made a special stop in Nagoya on the way back just to book reverse seats and I think worth the effort.
MY tip is that if you are happy to go the JR line (that may be a bit longer due to change over) book ASAP after you get to Japan. If you are looking and Shiroko station then book first thing when you hit Nagoya. You have to book time which is a bit of a pain depending on how much fun you are having, but seems better than waiting for the next one available and standing for one hour after a big day.
If anyone knows a better way for next time I am all ears.
Pretty pumped up now and upgraded from V2 to the Paddock Club. Did hurt the bank balance but life is too short. Go Webber :)