Japon

Japanese Bullet Trains

The fastest way to discover Japan

SHINkansen

With a 20,000km network of lines and high performance, punctual trains, Japan is a train lover's paradise.

If you want to maximise your time in Japan and travel quickly between the Japanese cities, opt for the high-speed Shinkansen 'Bullet Trains'. 

These trains are a big hit with tourists in Japan, they are easy to access with very good signposting in the stations. Inside the carraiges there is a digital information system in both Japanese and English which shows upcoming stops as well as the estimated arrival time.

Using Japan Rail Pass
USING YOUR JAPAN RAIL PASS

The Japan Rail Pass allows you easy access to the Shinkansen Bullet Trains with just a quick check of your pass at the ticket gate.
The Shinkansen have reserved seat carriages ('shitei-seki') and unreserved seat carriages ('jiyu-seki').
As a Japan Rail Pass holder you can make seat reservations free of charge before your journey but it is not manatory.
Seat reservations are advised in periods of high demand such as cherry blossom, (late March - early April), Golden Week (late April - early May), Obon (mid-August) and New Year.

Order your Japan Rail Pass
JR pass Green by Japan Experience
GREEN PASS AND FIRST CLASS

The 'Green Pass' gives you access to the 'Green Car', the equivalent of our First Class, without any additional fee.
The 'Green car' provides a large seat that can recline 40°, a footrest, more space between the seats, an integrated radio set and space for your luggage.
Shinkansen History
SHINKANSEN HISTORY

Japan was the first country to create a high-speed rail network. It was in 1964, on the occasion of the Tokyo Olympics that the first Shinkansen line was inaugurated.
This stretch of approximately 500km was constructed between the capital, Tokyo and Shin-Osaka following the ancient Tokaido route.
The service was an immediate success, reaching the 100 million passenger mark in less than three years.
Shinkansen network in Japan
SHINKANSEN NETWORK

The Shinkansen bullet trains serve all major cities on the main island of Honshu and also on Kyushu. There are no Shinkansen in Hokkaido (until the opening of the new line to Hakodate in 2016), none in Shikoku and none in the Okinawan islands.
Future Shinkansen
FUTURE SHINKANSEN EXTENSIONS

  • Hokuriku Shinkansen: The extension of this Shinkansen line from Nagano to Kanazawa is scheduled to open in 2015, it will then be further extended to Tsuruga in 2025.
  • Hokkaido Shinkansen: This extension, with a first stage to Hakodate scheduled for completion in 2016, will allow a high-speed service to Sapporo from Shin-Aomori once fully operational in 2035.
  • Kyushu Shinkansen: This extension, allowing high-speed travel to Nagasaki, is planned to open in 2023.
  • Chuo Shinkansen: this new line will mostly run underground using Maglev technology allowing speeds of up to 500km/h. The first section between Tokyo and Nagoya is scheduled for completion in 2027 with a second section reaching Osaka in 2045.

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Esclusive

The JRP Assistance offer is a world exclusive from Japan Experience the only company to offer this assistance service to train travellers in Japan.

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