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Can I ride the Nozomi & Mizuho Shinkansen with the Japan Rail Pass?

The Shinkansen bullet train is hailed as one of the most premium and efficient means of rail travel in the entire world, making it a popular choice for visitors to Japan who are engaging in

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Joetsu Shinkansen

Joetsu Shinkansen: read a guide to the Joetsu Shinkansen which connects Tokyo Station with Niigata Station in Niigata via Echigo Yuzawa.

The Shinkansen network

The Shinkansen network

Here is an overview of the Shinkansen network in Japan - accessible with a Japan Rail Pass.

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Nozomi Shinkansen Train

The Nozomi is the super-express bullet train service on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, faster than the Kodama and Hikari services, and is the only shinkansen service not covered by the Japan Rail Pas

How to read a Shinkansen Reservation Ticket ?

Your national Japan Rail Pass entitles you to seat reservations on many trains all over Japan. Learn here how to read the seat reservation ticket

The Sanyo Shinkansen Line 

The Sanyo Shinkansen Line 

The Sanyo Shinkansen Line is the Shinkansen Line between Shin-Osaka station and Hakata Station Station (Fukuoka) operated by JR West.


The Mickey Mouse Shinkansen

Since May 2019 and until November 2019, you can ride a Mickey Mouse shinkansen to explore Kyushu with a Japan Rail Pass.

Shinkansen 500

The Shinkansen 500

On June, 30, JR West introduced a Shinkansen 500 refurbished with the famous character Hello Kitty. Let’s study the story of this Shinkansen model introduced in 1997.


Free wifi on bullets train 

Free wifi on Shinkansen with a Japan Rail Pass


The Shinkansen N700S

The N700S is the 6th generation model based on the N700 series. It will debut in 2020 on the main Shinkansen line in Japan, the Tokaido Line.

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The Genbi shinkansen

In the Genbi shinkasen between Echigo Yuzawa and Niigata, passengers can enjoy modern art created by some of today’s most prominent artists.

Kyushu Shinkansen

The Kyushu Shinkansen

Since 2011, ii is very easy to explore southern Japan with a Japan Rail Pass. The Kyushu Shinkansen has a new extension providing services from Hakata (Fukuoka Station) to Kagoshima.


The Maglev between Tokyo and Osaka

The maglev train between Tokyo and Osaka will be the fastest train in the world with a speed approximately twice that of current Shinkansen at 500 km/h

E5 Granclass Shinkansen

Inside the Gran Class

The Gran Class, the Japan bullet train's latest first-class experience. Travel on the bullet train with your Japan Rail Pass - order today!

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The Hokuriku Shinkansen

In March 2015, the brand new Hokuriku bullet train line will open! Get ready to ride it with your Japan Rail Pass - Available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes.

Future Shinkansen

Future Shinkansen

Japan's amazing network of bullet trains is always expanding. Read about planned and upcoming shinkansen! Japan Rail Pass - Available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes. Order yours today.

Tokaido Shinkansen

The 3 Trains of the Tokaido Shinkansen

The bullet train going from Tokyo to Osaka has three different lines. What's the difference? Read more to find out. Japan Rail Pass - available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes!

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The 50-Year History of the Shinkansen

The shinkansen turned 50 years old this year! Learn about its history here. Japan Rail Pass - Available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes.

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The Toreiyu Tsubasa Bullet Train

The Toreiyu Tsubasa is a special Japanese bullet train with a miniature hot spring inside! Buy your JR Pass today: Available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes

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The Evangelion Shinkansen

Anime lovers, use your JR Pass to ride on the special Evangelion shinkansen!

Tohoku-Hokkaido Shinkansen

The New Hokkaido Shinkansen

Since March 2016, the brand new Hokkaido Shinkansen line is in operation. Read more about it here, and get your Japan Rail Pass today! Available in 7-, 14-, and 21-day passes.

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Introduction to the Hokkaido Shinkansen

Get ready for the upcoming Hokkaido Shinkansen train!


Hokkaido Shinkansen' stations and trains

Since March 2016, the new Hokkaido Shinkansen is in operation. Discover the new stations and how to reach Hakodate and Sapporo.

Un voyageur dans un Shinkansen regarde le Mont Fuji

Japanese Bullet Trains

The best way to travel around Japan is on a high speed Bullet Train. Order your Japan Rail Pass today online!