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20 November 2015

How to get the tickets for Shinkansen, Japan railway companies (JR East, Central, West and Kyusyu).

First, Plan. We make the plan of our journey. The Shinkansen has frequently running among the cities. Search the time table to find our train fitting our plan. There were several dozen railway companies. The JR (Japan railway companies) were the privatised national railway companies and there were several private railway companies as Tokyu, Keihan, Hanshin, Kintetsu, Keikyu or Chichibu etc. In this article, I will describe the JR ticketing.

The broadly search in Dia from Hitachi http://www.hyperdia.com/en/ 

For only the Tokaido Shinkansen: http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/timetable/

Attention: The Japanese rail way company was separated to six companies. The Tokaido Shinkansen is under the jurisdiction of the JR central.

Second, Buy the tickets. Unfortunately, there is no online reservation web site in English. We should go to the ticket counter in the station. On the vending machine, you will get the tickets for the simple journey or short distance journey. Almost all station around the sightseeing spot has the ticket office for the tourists named Midori no Madoguchi (みどりの窓口). I highly recommend you to make an itinerary of your train journey to present at the ticket counters. Several staff will can communicate with you in English, but almost staff will not speak in English. I attached the itinerary example following. Please print out or copy to your iphone memo, fill into all blank and present.

Itinerary 旅行予定
日にち(date)               (MM)(DD)          から          (MM)(DD)(if return)
         片道(oneway)                  往復(return)
発駅(departing from)           (Station name) (city)         (Station name) (city)
出発時間(departing time)           00:00                                               00:00
着駅(the destination)           (Station Name) (city)       
到着時間(arrival time)                 00:00                                                 00:00
If you decided the train,
利用列車(the train)             (train name)(train number)


The fee in the train ticket of Japan railway companies were very complicated system. In plain language, the fast or express train cost you the additional service charge. There were three levels depend on the train, the distance ticket (乗車券 for all trains in Japan), the service ticket (特急券 for all limited express and Shinkansen trains) and reservation ticket(指定券 for reserved car on all limited express and all Shinkansen trains). The latter two tickets will be printed on the same card.

example) Nozomi superexpress No.35 1310-1449 Tokyo to Nagoya
Distance ticket JPY 6260
Service ticket JPY 4100
Reservation ticket JPY 730
Total: JPY 11090(for reserved car), 10360 (for non-reserved car)
Attention: About the Class and the reserved seat. There was three classes in limited express train and Shinkansen. If you will take the seat at the Green car (First class some local train, Shinkansen and Limited express), Grand class (Superior first class in Hokuriku or Tohoku Shinkansen line) and reserved car (Second class reserved), you need a reservation tickets.

The JAPAN RAIL PASS holder can use the non-reserved car in Nozomi superexpress, reserved car in Hikari or Kodama. Please get farther information in “Step 3 Make a seat reservation” in this web site.

*If you have the JAPAN RAIL PASS, you must turn the order coupon in your Exchange to JAPAN RAIL PASS to get the validation.

General information on using the JAPAN RAIL PASS http://www.japanrailpass.net/en/purchase.html
Tips: If you can crack Japanese, you can use the Ekinet from JR East, e5489 from JR West. You will officially get discount ticket through these web site. You can pick up your ticket at the ticket office at the stations under each company. Near future, I will explain the reservation systems. If you need assistance please contact via comment.


Third, Ride. Almost all stations around major cities as metropolis Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka or Fukuoka have the automatic ticket gates as the Underground of London. Put your ticket into the machines, the gate will open, proceed to the platform.

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