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For travel by Kyushu Shinkansen and other local limited express trains, JR Kyushu released Kyushu Family Net Hayatoku 7 (九州ファミリーネット早特7), which is purchasable until seven days before the travel date. This ticket needs at least one adult and a child to go with. For example, tickets for an adult and a child which costs usually 7,690 yen (5,130 yen for an adult and 2,560 yen for a child) is available at 2,850 yen (2,350 yen for an adult and 500 yen for a child). It means 4,840 yen off (saving about 62.9%).
According to JR Central, the peak of crowding for this Golden Week holiday period will be on May 3, 2017 for outbound trains and on May 7, 2017 for inbound ones. The following data are from this site Shinkansen Timetable’s independent survey. The seat availability changes from moment to moment, but they maybe of some help to find remained seats.
In March, this site Shinkansen Timetable had been visited 361 thousand times by 271 thousand users, and the page view was 1131 thousand. The27.4% in the total access was through desktop, 66.2% through mobile, 6.4% through tablet.
JR Central is selling ongoingly Kodam ☆ Rakutabi IC Hayatoku (こだま☆楽旅IC早特), which is purchasable until three days before the travel date by Express yoyaku and Plus EX members. It allows traveling by Kodama’s Green Car.
According to this site Shinkansen Timetable’s independent survey, the train congestion peaks during coming Golden Week holidays will be the outbound trains on May 3 and the inbound ones on May 6 and 7 because many users search the travel plans here for these days. It is our private study. The official estimation based on the actual sales of reservation tickets will be released around the same time as last year, that was April 15, by JR Companies.