Travellers can book online trains in Japan and pick up the tickets at the station before travelling.

We support advance ticket booking for trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen and the Sanyo Shinkansen lines connecting Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Himeji, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi and Fukuoka, as well as Shinkansen and Limited Express trains operated by JR Hokkaido and JR East connecting Sapporo, Aomori, Sendai, Nikko, Fuji, Nagano, Kanazawa and Niigata.

Train companies in Japan

Rail services in Japan are operated by Japan Railways (JR) as well as private railway companies.

Japan Railways (JR) consists of several independent companies that carry on the operations of the former national railway operator JNR. In the present, JR Group is divided in six companies dedicated to provide passenger train services in different regions of Japan: JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku and JR Kyushu.

To achieve a complete coverage of the railway transportation across the nation, Japan Railways (JR) operates several types of intercity trains, including:

  • - Shinkansen high-speed rail
  • - Limited Express conventional rail

Shinkansen high-speed rail

Shinkansen is the high-speed railway service operated by Japan Railways with trains running at a maximum speed of 240–320 km/h.

The Tokaido line was launched in 1964 connecting Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Since then, the network has expanded to interconnect most of the major cities in the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido and Kyushu. The current Shinkansen network consists of 2,764 kilometers of dedicated high-speed tracks that use standard-gauge and are separated from the conventional lines that use different gauge.

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The main Shinkansen lines are the following:

  • - Tokaido Shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka, operated by JR Central
  • - Sanyo Shinkansen between Osaka and Fukuoka, operated by JR West
  • - Kyushu Shinkansen between Fukuoka and Kagoshima, operated by JR Kyushu
  • - Hokkaido Shinkansen between Aomori and Hokuto, operated by JR Hokkaido
  • - Tohoku Shinkansen between Tokyo and Aomori, operated by JR East
  • - Akita Shinkansen between Tokyo and Akita, operated by JR East
  • - Yamagata Shinkansen between Tokyo and Shinjo, operated by JR East
  • - Joetsu Shinkansen between Tokyo and Niigata, operated by JR East
  • - Hokuriku Shinkansen between Tokyo and Kanazawa, jointly operated by JR East and JR West

The Tokaido and Sanyo lines are interconnected forming a continuous east-west corridor that links Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka, and is used by many through train services operated by JR Central and JR West.

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The Tohoku line and the Tokaido line meet in Tokyo but the tracks are not physically interconnected, hence there are no through services between the East and Central regions and passengers are required to interchange trains at Tokyo Station.

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The Hokuriku line operates over the Joetsu and Tohoku lines tracks between Tokyo and Takasaki, then it separates and continues on its own dedicated tracks to Nagano and Kanazawa.

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Shinkansen trains are designated by a code name that identifies the class of service followed by one to three numerals. The fast services stop only at key stations, the semi-fast services stop at the major stations, and the local services stop at all stations:

  • - In the Tokaido and Sanyo lines, NOZOMI is the fast service, HIKARI is the semi-fast service and KODAMA is the local service.
  • - In the Sanyo and Kyushu lines, MIZUHO is the fast service, SAKURA is the semi-fast service and TSUBAME is the local service.
  • - In the Hokkaido line, HAYABUSA is the fast service and HAYATE is the semi-fast service.
  • - In the Tohoku line, HAYABUSA is the fast service, YAMABIKO is the semi-fast service and NASUNO is the local service.
  • - In the Akita line, KOMACHI is the fast service between Tokyo and Morioka, as well as the local service between Morioka and Akita.
  • - In the Yamagata line, TSUBASA is the semi-fast service between Tokyo and Fukushima, as well as the local service between Fukushima and Shinjo.
  • - In the Joetsu line, TOKI is the semi-fast service and TANIGAWA is the local service.
  • - In the Hokuriku line, KAGAYAKI is the fast service, HAKUTAKA and ASAMA are the two semi-fast services, and TSURUGI is the local service.
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Shinkansen trains are powered by electric multiple units and can carry up to 16 cars per train, arranged in Green Car with business class seats that require advanced reservation and Ordinary Car with standard class seats distributed in Reserved and Non-reserved.

In total, the Shinkansen trains offer three passengers classes: Reserved Seat (Green Car), Reserved Seat (Ordinary Car) and Non-reserved Seat.

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Travellers with Reserved Seat tickets are required to take their numbered seat in the Green Cars or the Ordinary Cars. Travellers with Non-reserved Seat tickets are allowed to take any seat available only in the Ordinary cars designated as Non-reserved. On these cars, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. When all the seats are full, passengers must travel standing on the corridor or the coach entrance without blocking the access to other passengers.

Limited Express conventional rail

JR Group operates many intercity and regional lines with trains running on conventional rail at a maximum speed of 130-160 km/h.

Given the limited coverage of the Shinkansen network, passengers may need to use conventional trains to reach certain regions of Japan or travel directly between two cities.

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Conventional rail services are classified depending on the stop pattern:

  • - Limited Express is the fastest service
  • - Express is a semi-fast service stopping at major stations
  • - Rapid is a fast service stopping at most stations
  • - Local is a slow service stopping at all stations
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When travelling on conventional rail, the base fare ticket depends on the travel distance and it is the same for all the trains regardless of the number of stops or transfers. The base fare ticket allows the passenger to access the platform. Additionally, Limited Express trains require an extra ticket for Reserved Seat or Non-reserved Seat, which is purchased separately from the base fare ticket and is inspected by the train conductor on board.

In total, the Limited Express trains offer three passengers classes: Reserved Seat (Green Car), Reserved Seat (Ordinary Car) and Non-reserved Seat.

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Travellers with Reserved Seat tickets are required to take their numbered seat in the Green Cars or the Ordinary Cars. Travellers with Non-reserved Seat tickets are allowed to take any seat available only in the Ordinary cars designated as Non-reserved. On these cars, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. When all the seats are full, passengers must travel standing on the corridor or the coach entrance without blocking the access to other passengers.

Getting around Japan by train

Japan has 27,268 kilometres of railway network, which includes 2,764 kilometres of Shinkansen lines.

We support advance ticket booking for trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen and Sanyo Shinkansen lines operated by JR Central and JR West, and the Tohoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen, Yamagata Shinkansen, Joetsu Shinkansen and Hokuriku Shinkansen lines operated by JR East.

Stations / Services NOZOMI HIKARI KODAMA
Tokyo
Shinagawa
Shin-Yokohama
Odawara
Atami
Mishima
Shin-Fuji
Shizuoka
Kakegawa
Hamamatsu
Toyohashi
Mikawa-Anjo
Nagoya
Gifu-Hashima
Maibara
Kyoto
Shin-Osaka

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Stations / Services NOZOMI HIKARI KODAMA MIZUHO SAKURA
Shin-Osaka
Shin-Kobe
Nishi-Akashi
Himeji
Aioi
Okayama
Shin-Kurashiki
Fukuyama
Shin-Onomichi
Mihara
Higashi-Hiroshima
Hiroshima
Shin-Iwakuni
Tokuyama
Shin-Yamaguchi
Asa
Shin-Shimonoseki
Kokura
Hakata

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Stations / Services HAYABUSA HAYATE
Shin-Aomori
Okutsugaru-Imabetsu
Kikonai
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto

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Stations / Services HAYABUSA YAMABIKO NASUNO HAYATE
Tokyo
Ueno
Omiya
Oyama
Utsunomiya
Nasushiobara
Shin-Shirakawa
Koriyama
Fukushima
Shiroishizao
Sendai
Furukawa
Kurikoma-Kogen
Ichinoseki
Mizusawaesashi
Kitakami
Shin-Hanamaki
Morioka
Iwate-Numakunai
Ninohe
Hachinohe
Shichinohe-Towada
Shin-Aomori

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Stations / Services KOMACHI
Tokyo
Ueno
Omiya
Oyama
Utsunomiya
Nasushiobara
Shin-Shirakawa
Koriyama
Fukushima
Shiroishizao
Sendai
Furukawa
Kurikoma-Kogen
Ichinoseki
Mizusawaesashi
Kitakami
Shin-Hanamaki
Morioka
Shizukuishi
Tazawako
Kakunodate
Omagari
Akita

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Stations / Services TSUBASA
Tokyo
Ueno
Omiya
Oyama
Utsunomiya
Nasushiobara
Shin-Shirakawa
Koriyama
Fukushima
Yonezawa
Takahata
Akayu
Kaminoyama-Onsen
Yamagata
Tendo
Sakurambohigashine
Murayama
Oishida
Shinjo

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Stations / Services TOKI TANIGAWA
Tokyo
Ueno
Omiya
Kumagaya
Honjo-Waseda
Takasaki
Jomo-Kogen
Echigo-Yuzawa
Urasa
Nagaoka
Tsubamesanjo
Niigata

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Stations / Services KAGAYAKI HAKUTAKA ASAMA TSURUGI
Tokyo
Ueno
Omiya
Kumagaya
Honjo-Waseda
Takasaki
Annaka-Haruna
Karuizawa
Sakudaira
Ueda
Nagano
Iiyama
Joetsumyoko
Itoigawa
Kurobe-Unazukionsen
Toyama
Shin-Takaoka
Kanazawa

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We also support advance ticket booking for Limited Express trains operated by JR Hokkaido and JR East.

The Limited Express trains operated by JR Hokkaido run through Hokkaido region.

Stations / Services HOKUTO SUZURAN
Sapporo
Shin-Sapporo
Chitose
Minami-Chitose
Numanohata
Tomakomai
Shiraoi
Noboribetsu
Horobetsu
Washibetsu
Higashi-Muroran
Datemombetsu
Toya
Oshamambe
Yakumo
Mori
Onumakoen
Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto
Goryokaku
Hakodate

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Stations / Services KAMUI LILAC SOYA SAROBETSU
Sapporo
Iwamizawa
Bibai
Sunagawa
Takikawa
Fukagawa
Asahikawa
Wassamu
Shibetsu
Nayoro
Bifuka
Otoineppu
Teshio-Nakagawa
Horonobe
Toyotomi
Minami-Wakkanai
Wakkanai

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Stations / Services KAMUI LILAC OKHOTSK TAISETSU
Sapporo
Iwamizawa
Bibai
Sunagawa
Takikawa
Fukagawa
Asahikawa
Kamikawa
Shirataki
Maruseppu
Engaru
Ikutahara
Rubeshibe
Kitami
Bihoro
Memambetsu
Abashiri

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Stations / Services TOKACHI OZORA
Sapporo
Shin-Sapporo
Minami-Chitose
Oiwake
Shin-Yubari
Shimukappu
Tomamu
Shintoku
Tokachi-Shimizu
Memuro
Obihiro
Ikeda
Urahoro
Shiranuka
Kushiro

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The Limited Express trains operated by JR East run through Tohoku, Kanto and Chubu regions.

Stations / Services TSUGARU INAHO SHIRAYUKI
Aomori
Akita
Niigata
Joetsu

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Stations / Services HITACHI TOKIWA
Shinagawa
Tokyo
Ueno
Nippori
Kashiwa
Sanuki
Ushiku
Tsuchiura
Ishioka
Tomobe
Mito
Katsuta
Tokai
Omika
Hitachi-Taga
Hitachi
Takahagi
Izumi
Yumoto
Iwaki
Sendai

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Stations / Services NIKKO KINUGAWA
Shinjuku
Ikebukuro
Omiya
Tochigi
Shimo-Imaichi
Tobu-Nikko
Kinugawa-Onsen

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Stations / Services AZUSA KAIJI
Tokyo
Shinjuku
Tachikawa
Hachioji
Otsuki
Kofu
Nirasaki
Chino
Kami-Suwa
Okaya
Shiojiri
Matsumoto

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Stations / Services FUJI EXCURSION
Shinjuku
Tachikawa
Hachioji
Otsuki
Mt. Fuji
Kawaguchiko

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Stations / Services ODORIKO SHONAN
Shinjuku
Tokyo
Shinagawa
Kawasaki
Yokohama
Ofuna
Odawara
Yugawara
Atami
Ajiro
Ito
Izu-Kogen
Izu-Atagawa
Izu-Inatori
Kawazu
Izukyu Shimoda

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Ticket sale is available from 1 month in advance.

Hokkaido island

Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and comprises only one prefecture, Hokkaido, whose capital is Sapporo. This region is served by the Hokkaido Shinkansen and the Limited Express trains operated by JR Hokkaido.

Tohoku region

Tohoku region comprises Aomori, Akita, Fukushima, Iwate, Miyagi and Yamagata prefectures. This region is served by the Tohoku Shinkansen, the Akita Shinkansen, the Yamagata Shinkansen and the Limited Express trains operated by JR East.

Kanto region

Kanto region comprises Gunma, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Saitama, Tokyo, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures. This region is served by the Tohoku Shinkansen, the Tokaido Shinkansen and the Limited Express trains operated by JR East.

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Train routes to Nikko

Chubu region

Chubu region comprises Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu, Fukui, Ishikawa, Toyama, Nagano and Niigata prefectures. This region is served by the Tokaido Shinkansen, the Hokuriku Shinkansen, the Joetsu Shinkansen and the Limited Express trains operated by JR East, JR Central and JR West.

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Train routes to Matsumoto

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Train routes to Nagano

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Train routes to Kanazawa

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Train routes to Niigata

Kansai region

Kansai region comprises Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo and Shiga prefectures. This region is served by the Tokaido Shinkansen, the Sanyo Shinkansen and the Limited Express trains operated by JR Central and JR West.

Chugoku region

Chugoku region comprises Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Shimane and Tottori prefectures. This region is served by the Sanyo Shinkansen and the Limited Express trains operated by JR West.

Kyushu island

Kyushu is the third largest of Japan's five main islands. This region is served by the Sanyo Shinkansen and the Kyushu Shinkansen.

How to book your train tickets in Japan?

Booking your train tickets in Japan is very quick and simple. Search for train routes between any two cities for your travel dates.

Select your route

After search, we will display the results for your itinerary.

Find the Shinkansen and Limited Express services operated by Japan Railways (JR) available for your itinerary. Select the most convenient option.

We accept reservations from 1 month in advance up to 4 hours before departure. For departures under 4 hours, tickets must be reserved directly at the station.

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Click to expand the details of the route, you will find the available fares. Japan Railways (JR) offers various types of fares for Shinkansen and Limited Express trains:

  • Reserved Seat (Green Car), arranged in 2+2 row configuration
  • Reserved Seat (Ordinary Car), arranged in 3+2 or 2+2 row configuration
  • Non-reserved Seat (Ordinary Car), does not require seat selection

Fill in the passenger and contact details

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You can indicate your seat preference in the train: window or aisle.

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Please provide the passenger information and the contact details of the person responsible for booking. We will send by email the booking confirmation and the electronic ticket with the QR code to pick up the physical tickets at the station.

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Once your payment is complete, your reservation will be processed.

In the following 24 hours you will receive the itinerary and booking confirmation by email with the electronic ticket attached in PDF format.

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How to use the train e-ticket?

The electronic ticket received by email is not a valid boarding pass and it cannot be used to board the train.

Passengers travelling with Japan Railways (JR) are required to use the electronic ticket to pick up the physical tickets at the station before departure.


RECEIVE YOUR E-TICKET BY EMAIL

Receive your electronic ticket by email in PDF format. Print a copy of the e-ticket in advance or carry it in your mobile phone.


PICK UP YOUR BOARDING PASS

Arrive at the station 30-60 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Scan the QR code included in your electronic ticket at the ticket vending machines and print your boarding pass.


BOARD THE TRAIN

Cross through the gates using your boarding pass, locate the platform and wait for the boarding call to board the train.

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Instructions to pick up the tickets

Available for the following trains:

  • Tokaido Shinkansen
  • Sanyo Shinkansen.

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Instructions to pick up the tickets

Available for the following trains:

  • Hokkaido Shinkansen
  • Tohoku Shinkansen
  • Akita Shinkansen
  • Yamagata Shinkansen
  • Joetsu Shinkansen
  • Hokuriku Shinkansen
  • Limited Express by JR Hokkaido
  • Limited Express by JR East