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Shinkansen bullet trains lined up at Torikai rail yard, Osaka, Japan =Shutterstock

Shinkansen bullet trains lined up at Torikai rail yard, Osaka, Japan =Shutterstock

Shinkansen (Bullet train)! Japan Pass, Ticket, Introduction of Trains

In the Japan, the network of Shinkansen (Bullet train) is spreading. The Shinkansen is a super express that exceeds 200 km/h. If you use the Shinkansen, you can move comfortably between the major cities of Japan very quickly. If you use an airplane, you have to go through the airport, so It takes time in surprising. In contrast, the Shinkansen travels between major stations, so you can travel very efficiently. You should enjoy riding the Shinkansen in Japan!

Outline of Shinkansen network

Clicking the image will display this Shinkansen map on the official website of Japan Rail Pass on a separate page

Clicking the image will display this Shinkansen map on the official website of Japan Rail Pass on a separate page

How to book and purchase Shinkansen tickets

Regarding shinkansen ticket reservation and purchase procedures, I introduced the details in the following article. Including the Japan Rail Pass, please refer to this article for details.

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Transportation in Japan! Japan Rail Pass, Shinkansen, Airports etc.

When traveling in Japan you can move very efficiently by combining shinkansen (Bullet train), airplane, bus, taxi, car hire etc. If you add a Shinkansen ride to your itinerary, it will be a pleasant memory. In that case, purchasing "Japan Rail Pass" would be very reasonable. On this page, I will ...

Nozomi, Hikari, Kodama ... How different?

The Shinkansen network consists of one long route that penetrates the Japanese archipelago and several routes branching from it.

In Shinkansen routes, there are trains that only stop at major stations and trains that stop at each station. For example, on the Tokai Shinkansen connecting Tokyo and Osaka, there are "Nozomi" "Hikari" stops only at major stations and "Kodama" at each station. Every train, the vehicles used are almost the same. However, because the number of stations to stop is different, the time required will differ.

The following are each stops on the Tokaido Shinkansen. In addition to the station where Nozomi stops, Hikari stops at some stations. Which station Hikari stops depends on the train. The time required from Tokyo station to Shin-Osaka station is about 2 hours 33 minutes by Nozomi, about 2 hours 53 minutes by Hikari, about 4 hours and 4 minutes by Kodama. Since Kodama waits until Nozomi and Hikari pass through the stations, the time to stop at the stations is long. Nozomi and Hikari often run over quite a long section. For example, when departing from Tokyo, Nozomi and Hikari often go to Hiroshima or Hakata.

StationNozomiHikariKodama
Tokyostopstopstop
Shinagawastopstopstop
Shinyokohamastopstopstop
Odawara---(stop)stop
Atami---(stop)stop
Mishima---(stop)stop
Shin Fuji------stop
Shizuoka---(stop)stop
Kakegawa------stop
Hamamatsu---(stop)stop
Toyohashi------stop
Mikawa Anjo------stop
Nagoyastopstopstop
Gifu Hashima---(stop)stop
Maibara---(stop)stop
Kyotostopstopstop
Shin Osakastopstopstop

 

Recommended seats on the bullet train

The last seat of each vehicle

Shinkansen, unfortunately, has little space to put big luggage. If you ride a Shinkansen with a big bag, I recommend that you sit in the seat at the end of each vehicle. If you sit in the last seat, you can put your bag behind your seat.

Seat on the side where Mt. Fuji is visible

If you move from Tokyo to Osaka or Kyoto, I recommend that you sit on the right seat. Mt. Fuji looks to the right. Conversely, if you move from Osaka or Kyoto to Tokyo, sitting on the left side is easier to see MT.Fuji.

You can tell staff your wishes when buying Shinkansen tickets in Japan. Even ticket vending machines installed at JR stations, you can specify the seat of your choice. If you can not get the seat you want before you leave for Japan, please first reserve a seat anywhere. Then it would be nice to ask attendants to change your seats at the Japanese station.

 

Tokaido Shinkansen

Tokyo - Shin-Osaka : Line length 515.4 km

The Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train passing through Mount Fuji and the Fujikawa bridge with blue sky background = shutterstock

The Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train passing through Mount Fuji and the Fujikawa bridge with blue sky background = shutterstock

Trains

Nozomi (fast)

Nozomi is the fastest train on the Tokaido Shinkansen. It stops at Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station, Shin-Yokohama Station, Nagoya Station, Kyoto Station, Shin Osaka Station only. There are many trains that stop at Okayama station, Hiroshima station, Hakata station, etc, get on the Sanyo Shinkansen west of the Shin - Osaka station.

Hikari (semi-fast)

Hikari is the fastest train after Nozomi. Hikari's vehicle is the same as Nozomi, but it stops at more stations than Nozomi. The stop is different for each train. Some Hikari run to Okayama station on Sanyo Shinkansen.

Kodama (local)

Kodama stops at all the stations. Kodama waits at the station until Nozomoi or Hikari passes, so it will take some time in surprise. If you go to a station where Kodama only stops, you should go to a nearby station first by Nozomi or Hikari and then transfer to Kodama.

Stations

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Bold: Nozomi's stop

Tokyo Station
Shin-Yokohama Station
Odawara Station
Atami Station
Mishima Station
Shin-Fuji Station
Kakegawa Station
Hamamatsu Station
Toyohashi Station
Nagoya Station
Gifu-Hashima Station
Maibara Station
Kyoto Station
Shin-Osaka Station

 

Sanyo Shinkansen

Shin-Osaka - Hakata : Line length 553.7 km

Trains

Nozomi (fast)

Nozomi is the fastest train that runs on both the Tokaido Shinkansen and Sanyo Shinkansen lines.

Mizuho (fast)

Mizuho is the fastest train that runs on both the Sanyo Shinkansen and Kyushu Shinkansen lines. It connects Shin-Osaka Station and Kagoshima-Chuo Station in Kagoshima Prefecture located in Southern Kyushu. Within the Sanyo Shinkansen, all trains stop at Shin-Osaka, Shin-Kobe, Okayama, Hiroshima, Kokura and Hakata stations, and some trains also stop at Himeji station. Mizuho does not stop at Fukuyama station, Tokuyama station, Shin Yamaguchi station where some Nozomi stops.

Sakura (semi-fast)

Sakura is a train equivalent to Hikari in Tokaido Shinkansen. As Sakura stops at a few more stations than Nozomi, Sakura stops at a few more stations than Mizuho. Sakura stops at relatively many stations, especially in the Kyushu Shinkansen section. The stations where Sakura stops more than Mizuho will vary depending on the train.

Hikari (semi-fast / local)

There are 2 types of Hikari running on Sanyo Shinkansen. One is a type that is getting on the Sanyo Shinkansen from Tokyo Station. It is fast from Tokyo station to Shin-Osaka station next to Nozomi, but it stops at each station on the west side from Shin-Osaka station. However, in Hikari entering the Sanyo Shinkansen from Nagoya, there are trains that pass through many stations as much as Sakura.

The other is a train that runs only on the Sanyo Shinkansen section. It pass through many stations as much as Sakura.

Kodama (local)

Kodama stops at each station as well as the Kodama of the Tokaido Shinkansen.

Stations

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Bold: Nozomi and Mizuho's stop

Nozomi sometimes stops at some station of Himeji station, Fukuyama station, Tokuyama station, Shin Yamaguchi station

Shin Osaka Station
Shin-Kobe Station
Nishi-Akashi Station
Himeji Station
Okayama Station
Shin-Kurashiki Station
Fukuyama Station
Shin-Onomichi Station
Mihara Station
Higashi-Hiroshima Station
Hiroshima Station
Shin-Iwakuni Station
Tokuyama Station
Shin-Yamaguchi Station
Kokura Station
Hakata Station

 

Kyushu Shinkansen

Hakata - Kagoshima-Chuo : Line length 256.8 km

Trains

Mizuho (fast)

Mizuho is the fastest train to travel on the Kyushu Shinkansen and Sanyo Shinkansen. All trains stop at Hakata Station, Kumamoto Station, Kagoshima-Chuo Station in the Kyushu Shinkansen, and some temporary trains also stop at Kurume and Kawauchi stations. From Shin-Osaka station to Kagoshima-Chuo station is the fastest train in 3 hours and 42 minutes. It is one hour and 17 minutes from Hakata station to Kagoshima-Chuo station.

Sakura (semi-fast)

Sakura is a semi-fast train running on the Kyushu Shinkansen and the Sanyo Shinkansen. It stops at a few more stations than MIzuho. On the Kyushu Shinkansen, all trains stop at Hakata Station, Shin Taursu Station, Kurume Station, Kumamoto Station, Kawauchi Station and Kagoshima-Chuo Station. And, it also stops at some other stations. The station depends on the train.

Tsubame (local)

Tsubame stops at all stations of Kyushu Shinkansen.

Stations

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Bold: Station where Mizuho stops

Hakata Station
Kurume Station
Shin-Omuta Station
Shin-Tamana Station
Kumamoto Station
Shin-Yatsushiro Station
Shin-Minamata Station
Izumi Station
Sendai Station
Kagoshima-Chuo Station

 

Tohoku Shinkansen

Tokyo - Shin Aomori : Line length 674.9 km

Shinkansen vehicles of other routes are often connected with the main route vehicles and are operated together to the station on the way, Tokyo, Japan = shutterstock

Shinkansen vehicles of other routes are often connected with the main route vehicles and are operated together to the station on the way, Tokyo, Japan = shutterstock

The Tohoku Shinkansen heading from the Tokyo station to the northeast direction. It passes through Fukushima station, Sendai station, Morioka station, etc. and reaches Shin Aomori station in the northernmost part of Honshu. From the Shin Aomori station, the Hokkaido Shinkansen continues. There are two branch lines in Tohoku Shinkansen. It is Akita Shinkansen and Yamagata Shinkansen. These trains are connected with the main trains of the Tohoku Shinkansen to the station branching from the Tohoku Shinkansen. So, if you use these Shinkansen, please be careful not to mistake the train when you board.

Trains

Hayabusa (fast)

Hayabusa is the fastest Shinkansen running through the section from Tohoku Shinkansen and Hokkaido Shinkansen (From Tokyo station to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station). It runs at a maximum speed of 320 km / h. Hayabusa only have reserved seats. There are ordinary cars (economy), green car (first class) and Grand class in Hayabusa. A Grand Class carriage has only three seats per row.

Yamabiko (semi-fast)

Yamabiko is a little fast train operated between Tokyo station - Sendai station and Morioka station (there are two types of endpoints, Sendai and Morioka). It stops mainly at Ueno Station, Omiya Station, Utsunomiya Station, Koriyama Station, Fukushima Station and Sendai Station - Morioka Station.

Hayate

Hayate is a train whose position is difficult to understand at present. It was the fastest train before. However, since Hayabusa came out, it was positioned as a train complementing Hayabusa. In the near future, it seems that there will be no regular service on Tohoku Shinkansen. It will be operated mainly around the Hokkaido Shinkansen.

Komachi (Akita Shinkansen)

Komachi is a vehicle of the Akita Shinkansen. When going to Tokyo from Akita, it will be operated together with Hayabusa, the Tohoku Shinkansen vehicle, in the Tohoku Shinkansen section. Then it is separated from Hayabusa at Morioka station and it is operated to Akita station.

Tsubasa (Yamagata Shinkansen)

Tsubasa is a vehicle of the Yamagata Shinkansen. When going from Tokyo to Yamagata, it will be operated together with Yamabiko which is the Tohoku Shinkansen car in the section of Tohoku Shinkansen. Then it is separated from Yamabiko at Fukushima station and it is operated to Yamagata prefecture. There are two types of end points: Yamagata station and Shinjo station.

Nasuno (local)

Nansuno is a local train that runs between Tokyo Station - Nasushiobara and Koriyama stations. It corresponds mainly to demand between Tochigi Prefecture - Tokyo central city in the morning and evening.

Stations

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Bold: The stations where Hayabusa stops. Some also stop at other stations

Tokyo Station (Tokyo)
Ueno station (Tokyo Prefecture)
Omiya station (Saitama Prefecture)
Oyama station (Tochigi Prefecture)
Utsunomiya Station (Tochigi Prefecture)
Nasushiobara Station (Tochigi Prefecture)
Shin Shirakawa Station (Fukushima Prefecture)
Koriyama station (Fukushima Prefecture)
Fukushima Station (Fukushima Prefecture)
Shiroishi-Zao station (Miyagi prefecture)
Sendai Station (Miyagi Prefecture)
Furukawa Station (Miyagi Prefecture)
Kurikomakogen Station (Miyagi Prefecture)
Ichinoseki Station (Iwate Prefecture)
MIzusawa-Esashi Station (Iwate Prefecture)
Kitakami Station (Iwate Prefecture)
Shin Hanamaki Station (Iwate Prefecture)
Morioka Station (Iwate Prefecture)
Iwate-Numakunai Station (Iwate Prefecture)
Ninohe Station (Iwate Prefecture)
Hachinohe Station (Aomori Prefecture)
Shichinohe-Towada station (Aomori Prefecture)
Shin Aomori station (Aomori Prefecture)

 

Akita Shinkansen

Morioka - Akita : Line length 127.3 km

The Akita Shinkansen branches at Morioka station from Tohoku Shinkansen and runs in Akita Prefecture. It runs from Tokyo Station to Morioka Station with Hayabusa connected at maximum speed of 320 kilometers. However, since it runs through the tracks of regular trains from Morioka station to Akita station, the maximum speed is limited to 130 kilometers.

Trains

Komachi

Komachi is a vehicle of the Akita Shinkansen. When going to Tokyo from Akita, it will be operated together with Hayabusa, the Tohoku Shinkansen vehicle, in the Tohoku Shinkansen section. Then it is separated from Hayabusa at Morioka station and it is operated to Akita station.

Stations

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Morioka Station
Shizukuishi Station
Tazawako Station
Kakunodate Sation
Omagari Station
Akita Station

 

Yamagata Shinkansen

Fukushima - Yamagata - Shinjo : Line length 148.6 km

Yamagata Shinkansen branches from Fukushima station from the Tohoku Shinkansen and runs in Yamagata Prefecture. It runs from Tokyo station to Fukushima station connected with Yamabiko. However, since it runs from the Fukushima station to Shinjo station on the tracks of regular trains, the maximum speed in this section is limited to 130 kilometers.

Trains

Tsubasa

Tsubasa is a vehicle of the Yamagata Shinkansen. When going from Tokyo to Yamagata, it will be operated together with Yamabiko which is the Tohoku Shinkansen car in the section of Tohoku Shinkansen. Then it is separated from Yamabiko at Fukushima station and it is operated to Yamagata prefecture. There are two types of end points: Yamagata station and Shinjo station.

Stations

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Fukushima Station
Yonezawa Station
Tahakata Station
Akayu Station
Kaminoyama-Onsen Station
Yamagata Station
Tendo Station
Sakuramoto-Higashime Station
Murayama Station
Oishida Station
Shinjo Station

 

Hokkaido Shinkansen

Shin Aomori - Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto : Route distance 360.3 km

Currently, the northernmost station of the Shinkansen is Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in southern Hokkaido. The section from Shin-Aomori station to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station in the northernmost part of Honshu is called the Hokkaido Shinkansen. When going to Hokkaido from Honshu, the Shinkansen passes through the tunnel at the bottom of the sea. It is said that the Hokkaido Shinkansen will be extended to Sapporo around 2031.

Trains

Hayabusa (fast)

Hayabusa is the fastest Shinkansen running through the section from Tohoku Shinkansen and Hokkaido Shinkansen (From Tokyo station to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station). It runs at a maximum speed of 320 km / h. Hayabusa only have reserved seats. There are ordinary cars (economy), green car (first class) and Grand class in Hayabusa. A Grand Class carriage has only three seats per row.

Hayate (local)

Hayate is operated between Morioka - Shin Aomori - Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station.

Stations

Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto station (Hokkaido)
Shin-Aomori station (Aomori Prefecture)

 

Hokuriku Shinkansen

Tokyo - Takasaki - Kanazawa : Route distance 345.5 km (Takasaki - Kanazawa)

Hokuriku Shinkansen running in Kanazawa on the Japan Sea side, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan = shutterstock

Hokuriku Shinkansen running in Kanazawa on the Japan Sea side, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan = shutterstock

The Hokuriku Shinkansen is a new Shinkansen planned to go from Tokyo Station to the Shin - Osaka Station via the Japan Sea side area (called Hokuriku in Japan). Currently, the Hokuriku Shinkansen has a section from Tokyo station to Kanazawa station in Ishikawa prefecture opened. It runs from the Tokyo station to the Takasaki station on the way, the same line as the Joetsu Shinkansen, and branches to the west from Takasaki station.

Trains

Kagayaki (fast)

Kagayaki is the fastest train on the Hokuriku Shinkansen. It stops at Tokyo Station, Ueno Station, Omiya Station, Nagano Station, Toyama Station and Kanazawa Station. By using Kagayaki, it takes 2 hours and 28 minutes from Tokyo station to Kanazawa station.

Hakutaka (semi-fast)

Hakutaka is the fast train next to Kagayaki on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line. It runs from Tokyo station to Nagano station at almost the same speed as Kagayaki, but from Nagano station to Kanazawa station it stops at each station.

Asama (local)

Asama is a train operated between Tokyo station and Nagano station. It basically stops at each station in this section. Since there are many passengers in this section, Asama responds to those needs.

Tsurugi (local)

Tsurugi is a local train that runs from the Toyama station to the Kanazawa station.

Stations

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Bold: Kagayaki's stop

Tokyo station
Ueno station
Omiya station
Kumagaya station
Honjo-Waseda station
Takasaki station
Annaka-Haruna station
Karuizawa station
Sakudaira station
Ueda station
Nagano station
Iiyama station
Joetsu-Myoko station
Itoigawa station
Kurobe-Unadukionsen station
Toyama station
Shin-Takaoka station
Kanazawa station

 

Joetsu Shinkansen

Tokyo - Omiya - Nigata : Route distance 269.5 km (Omiya - Nigata)

The Joetsu Shinkansen is the Shinkansen line running from the Tokyo station to the Niigata station on the north side. Strictly speaking, it is not Tokyo Station, but originates from Omiya station, but since all trains are driving to the Tokyo station, it is generally regarded as the Shinkansen operated from Tokyo Station to Niigata Station.

Trains

Toki (Main)

The Joetsu Shinkansen is a Shinkansen line running from the Tokyo station to the Niigata station on the north side. Strictly speaking, it is not the East Station, but originates from Omiya station, but since all trains are driving to the Tokyo station, it is generally regarded as a Shinkansen operated from Tokyo Station to Niigata Station.

Tanigawa (local)

Tanigawa is a train that runs between Tokyo Station and Echigo Yuzawa Station and stops at each station.

Tanigawa also has two-story vehicles in addition to the usual type of vehicles. The two-story train is called "Max Tanigawa".

Stations

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Tokyo Station
Omiya Station
Kumagawa Station
Honjo-Waseda Station
Takasaki Station
Jomo-Kogen Station
Echigo-Yuzawa Station
Urasa Station
Nagaoka Station
Niigata Station

 

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