On each Shinkansen line there are express, semi express and local trains. They all bear a different name. For example, the one linking Tokyo to Osaka
on the Tokaido Shinkansen line is called the Nozomi
(It's the fastest train, but keep in mind that the Japan Rail Pass does not give access to it
). On the same line, the Hikari
stops at 1 to 4 train stations more than the Nozomi and is available for Japan Rail Pass holders
, as is the Kodama which stops at all train stations.
It is a similar idea on the Shinkansen line that goes North to Shin-Hakodate. The Hayabusa
leaves from Tokyo and only serves the following train stations : Omiya, Sendaï, Morioka, Shin-Aomori and Shin Hakodate. The Yamabiko
, a slower train, goes as far as Morioka, and then the Nasuno
, with an even shorter route ending at Koriyama. The Hayate
trains operate one return service per day between Morioka and Shin Hakodate and one return service per day between Shin Aomori and Shin Hakodate. The Hokuriku Shinkansen
has many types of train to reach Kanazawa.