Help Bikes on sleeper trains

William Lee

Cruising
Jun 10, 2014
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Hi guys, keen adventurer and new to the forum.

After doing a short cycle tour of Hokkaido during summer last year, I'm about to embark on my next adventure. I'm planning on riding down the western coast of Japan in a couple of days.

Does anyone know if it's possible to take a bike that's in a bag onto a sleeper train? To be specific, I'd like to be riding on the Cassiopeia or the Hokutosei from Tokyo to Iwate.

Cheers!
 

William Lee

Cruising
Jun 10, 2014
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Iwate
Awesome, thanks for the reply. I've started my tour and it's so damn hot that sweat is running off my body like a waterfall. Yuck.
 

Gunjira

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Oct 2, 2009
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Also did this before. Generally fine, but these sleeper trains get really crowded. There is less and less of them and the train otakus love em. My recommendation would be not to go with the cheapest tickets, but at least one above. Wooden benches suck for sleeping.
 
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William Lee

Cruising
Jun 10, 2014
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I've made it over the northern alps! They weren't that bad of a climb.

There are wooden benches on sleeper trains in japan? I presumed you either get a normal seat or a bed