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  • Known for speed, reliability, safety and comfort, the shinkansen is not only a convenient way

  • to get around the country, but has also become a symbol of Japan.

  • The first shinkansen line was opened in 1964 between Tokyo and Osaka as the world's first

  • high speed railway line.

  • It was named after the Tokaido, the main road that connected Tokyo with Kyoto during the

  • feudal ages.

  • Since then, the shinkansen network has grown steadily to reach most regions of Japan; however,

  • the Tokaido Shinkansen remains Japan's most important and most used shinkansen line, connecting

  • the country's three largest metropolitan centers of Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.

  • As convenient as the shinkansen may be, the finer details of using it may still be a little

  • bit of a challenge to first-time visitors.

  • So in this video we're going to explain how to buy and use shinkansen tickets, and

  • also the nuts and bolts of actually riding the shinkansen.

  • So without further ado, here are our tips forHow to Use the Tokaido Shinkansen

  • Starting at Tokyo Station, the Tokaido Shinkansen goes all the way to Shin-Osaka.

  • There are 3 categories of train operating on the Tokaido Shinkansen:

  • -The fastest train category, known as the Nozomi, stops only at Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shin-Yokohama,

  • Nagoya, Kyoto and Shin-Osaka and takes about 2.5 hours to reach Shin-Osaka Station from

  • Tokyo.

  • Several Nozomi continue on beyond Shin-Osaka in the direction of Hakata.

  • Do remember that the Nozomi is one of the few JR trains which cannot be used with the

  • Japan Rail Pass.

  • -The Hikari is the second fastest train category.

  • It serves a few more stations than the Nozomi and requires around 3 hours to get from Tokyo

  • to Shin-Osaka Station.

  • Some Hikari run west beyond Shin-Osaka.

  • -Finally, the Kodama is the slowest train category on the Tokaido Shinkansen.

  • Stopping at every station along the way it takes around 4 hours to reach Shin-Osaka Station

  • from Tokyo.

  • Two different seat classes are offered along the Tokaido Shinkansen: ordinary class and

  • business class, called green car.

  • Whilst seat reservations are mandatory for green cars, ordinary class cars offer the

  • option between non-reserved and reserved seats.

  • In Nozomi trains, cars 1 to 3 are non-reserved, while in Hikari trains, cars 1 to 5 are non-reserved.

  • Three green cars are located in the middle of the trains in cars 8, 9 and 10.

  • The remaining cars carry reserved, ordinary seats.

  • Now that we understand the network a little better, let's talk about tickets.

  • Shinkansen tickets are made up of the base fare and a limited express fee.

  • Travelers in green cars additionally pay a Green Car fee.

  • As a result, shinkansen passengers often receive two actual tickets: one for the base fare

  • and one for the supplement fees, although sometimes, the two tickets are combined into

  • a single one, and on more complex journeys you may receive more than two tickets.

  • There are several ways to buy tickets for the bullet train.

  • Option 1: Purchasing a ticket at a ticket counter.

  • Shinkansen tickets can be bought from any ticket counter located in JR stations nationwide.

  • When purchasing from the counter, you will need to provide the staff with following information;

  • Number of travelers, Date of travel, Departure and arrival station, Ordinary or Green Car,

  • Reserved or non-reserved seat.

  • If you wish to make a seat reservation, you should additionally specify the train you

  • wish to ride by providing the train's departure time or train name and number, for example

  • Hikari 513.

  • Option 2: Purchasing a ticket at a ticket machine.

  • You can purchase a shinkansen ticket from one of the various ticket machines located

  • near the shinkansen gates.

  • They have an English option and will guide you through the whole process of buying correct

  • tickets.

  • Option 3: Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen Online Booking Service

  • This service allows travelers to purchase shinkansen ticket online and then either pick

  • up the tickets at a ticket machine or use an IC card, such as Suica, Toica and Icoca,

  • to tap through the ticket gates.:

  • Access the website or install the app Register credit card and optionally an IC

  • card Book a shinkansen

  • Pick up the ticket at a machine or use your registered IC card to tap through the ticket

  • gates

  • Option 4: When using a Japan Rail Pass

  • Last but not least, if you have a Japan Rail Pass, there is no need to get any additional

  • ticket unless you wish to make a seat reservation.

  • Seat reservations can be made with no additional fee.

  • Oversized Baggage

  • Travelers with oversized baggage are required to make a seat reservation for a seat in the

  • last row of a car before boarding the shinkansen so they can store their baggage behind their

  • seat.

  • A baggage is considered oversized when its height, width and depth add up to more than

  • 160cm.

  • Reservations for an oversized baggage can be done either at the ticket counter, via

  • the ticket machine or online through the Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen Online Booking service . Passengers

  • who board a shinkansen without a reservation for their oversized baggage will be asked

  • by the train conductor to move their baggage to a space specified and will have to pay

  • an extra fee of 1000 yen which is not covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

  • Also, travelers with oversized baggage may not use non-reserved seats.

  • How to use the Tokaido Shinkansen

  • Before boarding

  • Once you have your tickets, it's time to board your train, but first you have to go

  • through the shinkansen ticket gates.

  • When using paper tickets, just put the tickets together and insert them inside the machine.

  • Make sure not to forget to take them back when they reappear on the other side.

  • Those who use an IC card with official online booking service, just tap through the ticket

  • gates and pick up the ticket that comes out the other side.

  • Throughout the train station you can find electronic sign boards displaying in Japanese

  • and English the upcoming departures, including departure times, train names and numbers,

  • destination station and the platform number from which the train departs

  • Trains along the Tokaido Shinkansen are about 400 meters long, so it is a good idea to find

  • the location of your car before the train arrives.

  • Signs on the platform indicate where each car and its doors will be located and where

  • to form lines.

  • Displays on the side of the train and inside the train will indicate the car number and

  • whether the car is reserved, non-reserved or green.

  • On board the train

  • When the shinkansen arrives, make sure to let all passengers alight before boarding,

  • Then, find your seat if you have a reservation.

  • Seat number and letter are clearly indicated, in a similar way as on airplanes.

  • Make sure to board quickly and not to block the aisle in order to ensure that everybody

  • can board swiftly.

  • If you are travelling with baggage, you can place it onto the overhead shelf over your

  • seat.

  • Oversized baggage should be placed behind your reserved seat in the last row of the

  • train.

  • Make sure not to place your baggage near the train doors or anywhere else where it would

  • block the way.

  • Amenities on-board include: Electric outlets, spacious and usually clean

  • restrooms in every second car as well as a few smoking rooms.

  • You can recline your seat, as well as rotate the row of seats if you are travelling as

  • a group.

  • When reclining your seat, do it with caution, in order to not bother the person behind you.

  • Make sure to return your seat back to its original position before getting off, and

  • to take all garbage with you.

  • Unlike on local trains, eating and drinking on the shinkansen is perfectly acceptable.

  • A food cart service offering drinks and snacks is available on Nozomi and Hikari trains.

  • Finally, a good thing to know when riding the Tokaido Shinkansen is that on a clear

  • day you can get a beautiful view of Mount Fuji.

  • Seat E (or seat D in Green Class) are the seats with the best, unobstructed views of

  • Japan's iconic mountain.

  • Riding around Japan by bullet train is a great way to see the country, and hopefully now

  • you feel confident using the Tokaido Shinkansen.

  • For more information or to watch another video, click the links on the screen now or head

  • over to Japan Guide dot com, your comprehensive, up-to-date travel guide, first hand from Japan.

  • Thanks for watching.

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  • Happy travels!

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