The Nozomi Shinkansen is the fastest train, going from one end to the other in 2 hours and 40 minutes
. It makes the least amount of stops, only stopping in Tokyo, Shinagawa
, Shin-Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, and Shin-Osaka. Unfortunately, you cannot
use this train with a Japan Rail Pass. The good news is, there's not much of a difference between the Nozomi and the Hikari!