Shinkansen Bullet Trains

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The bullet trains history

Japan was the first country in the world to develop the concept of a high-speed train in the early 1964, in regards to the Tokyo Olympics. From the very beginning the train experienced a great amount of popularity and has grown to be the main mean of transport for many Japanese citizens as well as for tourists, visiting the country.

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The bullet trains, called "Shinkansen "in Japanese, offer a plain-like experience such as no other. Reaching the speed of 320 km/h, the Shinkansen trains take you to another world, where distance means nothing and the cities are flourishing before your eyes with what is seems to be the speed of light. The Japan Rail Pass gives you limitless access to all of the Shinkansen trains, which are described below.

The JR Pass bullet trains

The Shinkansen network practically covers all the country, with the addition of the new Hokkaido Shinkansen, and the popular Tokaido Shinkansen.

  • Akita Shinkansen: Tokyo - Sendai - Morioka - Tazawako - Kakunodate - Akita.
  • Hokkaido Shinkansen: Aomori - Kikonai - Hakodate (Hakodate-Hokuto Station).
  • Joetsu Shinkansen: Tokyo - Takasaki - Echigo-Yuzawa - Niigata.
  • Kyushu Shinkansen: Fukuoka (Hakata Station) - Shin-Tosu - Kumamoto - Sendai - Kagoshima.
  • Hokuriku Shinkansen: Tokyo - Omiya - Takasaki - Nagano - Toyama - Kanazawa.
  • Sanyo Shinkansen: Osaka - Kobe - Okayama - Hiroshima - Kokura – Fukuoka (Hakata Station).
  • Tohoku Shinkansen: Tokyo - Nasushiobara - Koriyama - Sendai - Morioka - Aomori.
  • Tokaido Shinkansen: Tokyo - Yokohama - Nagoya - Kyoto - Osaka.
  • Yamagata Shinkansen: Tokyo - Fukushima - Yonezawa - Akayu - Kaminoyama-Onsen - Yamagata - Shinjo.

Bullet train services

· Multi language service on board
· Non-smoking trains
· Food and drinks service on board

Extras on board


Passengers are allowed to have their bike with them on board, for no additional fee. However, it is required that the bicycle is folded or disassembled and packed.


Small pets such as cats, dogs or birds are allowed on board, as long as they weight less than 10kg and are safely put into a container, with a maximum length and height of 90 cm.


Travellers are allowed luggage on board for no additional cost. However, there is a limitation of two pieces of luggage, both of which should have a maximum weight of 60kg and a total of 250 cm in height, length and width. There is a delivery service option.

Ease of access

The bullet trains are very easy to access for passengers in wheelchairs and mothers with strollers.

If you wish to book a special seating, if in wheelchair, you may do this free of charge. The only requirement is that you make this request at the train station, where you will be boarding, two days in advance. Please take note of the maximum sizes allowed on board, as you must comply with the set regulations.

The stations are well equipped and the elevators and escalators will help to ease your station access.
Strollers are also allowed on board free of charge. The only requirement is for them to be folded and safely placed in the designated places.

Don't forget to check all the extra advantages included with the Green Pass (First Class ticket).