Travellers can book online trains in Japan and receive the electronic tickets by email, ready for boarding.

We facilitate advance ticket booking for Shinkansen trains connecting Aomori, Sendai, Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Himeji, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Fukuoka, Kumamoto and Kagoshima, as well as Limited Express trains operated by JR Hokkaido, JR East and JR West connecting Sapporo, Hakodate, Hirosaki, Akita, Niigata, Nikko, Fuji, Matsumoto, Nagano and Kanazawa.

We also facilitate the purchase of different rail pass to travel on Shinkansen and Limited Express trains, as well as different tourist pass to travel on Express, Rapid or Local trains in Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kansai, Chugoku and Kyushu regions.

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 Tsuruga, jointly operated by JR East and JR West

The Tokaido and Sanyo lines are interconnected forming a continuous corridor that links Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka, and is used by through services operated by JR Central and JR West. The Sanyo and Kyushu lines are interconnected forming a continuous corridor that links Osaka, Fukuoka and Kagoshima, and is used by through services operated by JR West and JR Kyushu.

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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: Green Car Seat, Reserved Seat 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 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 standard ticket depends on the travel distance and it is the same for all the trains regardless of the number of stops or transfers. The standard ticket allows the passenger to access the platform and board Express, Rapid or Local trains. To board Limited Express trains, passengers are required an extra ticket for Reserved Seat or Non-reserved Seat, which is purchased separately from the standard ticket and is inspected by the train conductor on board.

In total, the Limited Express trains offer three passengers classes: Green Car Seat, Reserved Seat 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 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.

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We facilitate advance ticket booking for Shinkansen and Limited Express trains operated by JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West and JR Kyushu.

Ticket reservation is available 1 month in advance.

JR Hokkaido

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

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Stations 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 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 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 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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JR East

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

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Stations 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
Komatsu 16/03/2024〜
Kagaonsen 16/03/2024〜
Awaraonsen 16/03/2024〜
Fukui 16/03/2024〜
Echizen-Takefu 16/03/2024〜
Tsuruga 16/03/2024〜

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Stations TSUGARU INAHO SHIRAYUKI
Aomori
Akita
Niigata
Joetsu

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

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

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Stations SHINANO
Shiojiri
Matsumoto
Akashina
Hijiri-Kogen
Shinonoi
Nagano

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Stations FUJI EXCURSION
Shinjuku
Tachikawa
Hachioji
Otsuki
Mt. Fuji
Kawaguchiko

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JR Central

Stations 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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JR West

Stations 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 THUNDERBIRD
Osaka
Shin-Osaka
Takatsuki
Kyoto
Katata
Omi-Imazu
Tsuruga
Takefu 〜15/03/2024
Sabae 〜15/03/2024
Fukui 〜15/03/2024
Awaraonsen 〜15/03/2024
Kagaonsen 〜15/03/2024
Komatsu 〜15/03/2024
Matto 〜15/03/2024
Kanazawa 〜15/03/2024

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Stations HARUKA
Kansai Airport
Hineno
Izumi-Fuchu
Tennoji
Osaka
Shin-Osaka
Takatsuki
Kyoto

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JR Kyushu

Stations MIZUHO SAKURA TSUBAME
Hakata
Shin-Tosu
Kurume
Chikugo-Funagoya
Shin-Omuta
Shin-Tamana
Kumamoto
Shin-Yatsushiro
Shin-Minamata
Izumi
Sendai
Kagoshima-Chuo

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Travel with tourist pass

We also facilitate the purchase of different tourist pass with JR West as well as the private railway companies Hanshin Railway, Hankyu Railway and Kintetsu Railway.

Passengers can travel on Express, Rapid or Local trains for 1 or 2 days.

Tourist pass reservation is available 3 months in advance.

JR West

Stations Miyakoji Rapid Rapid Regional Rapid
Kyoto
Tofukuji
Inari
Rokujizo
Uji
Ogura
Shinden
Joyo
Nagaike
Yamashiro-Aodani
Yamashiro-Taga
Tamamizu
Tanakura
Kamikoma
Kizu
Narayama
Nara

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Stations Yamatoji Rapid Rapid Direct Rapid Regional Rapid
Osaka
Namba
Imamiya
Shin-Imamiya
Tennoji
Kyuhoji
Oji
Horyuji
Yamato-Koizumi
Koriyama
Nara
Narayama
Kizu
Kamo

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Stations Special Rapid Rapid
Osaka
Amagasaki
Nishinomiya
Ashiya
Sumiyoshi
Rokkomichi
Sannomiya
Motomachi
Kobe
Hyogo
Akashi
Nishi-Akashi
Kakogawa
Himeji

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Hanshin Railway

Stations Limited Express Rapid Express
Kobe-Sannomiya
Amagasaki
Osaka-Umeda
Osaka-Namba

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Hankyu Railway

Stations Limited Express Local + Limited Express
Kyoto-Arashiyama
Kyoto-Kawaramachi
Katsura
Juso
Osaka-Umeda

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Stations Limited Express
Kobe-Sannomiya
Juso
Osaka-Umeda

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Kintetsu Railway

Stations Limited Express Rapid Express
Osaka-Namba
Kintetsu Nippombashi
Osaka Uehommachi
Tsuruhashi
Ikoma
Gakuen-mae
Yamato-Saidaiji
Shin-Omiya
Kintetsu-Nara

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Stations Limited Express Express
Kyoto
Toji
Takeda
Kintetsu-Tambabashi
Momoyamagoryomae
Okubo
Shin-Tanabe
Shin-Hosono
Takanohara
Yamato-Saidaiji
Shin-Omiya
Kintetsu-Nara

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Stations Limited Express Express
Kyoto
Toji
Takeda
Kintetsu-Tambabashi
Momoyamagoryomae
Okubo
Shin-Tanabe
Shin-Hosono
Takanohara
Yamato-Saidaiji
Nishinokyo
Kintetsu-Koriyama
Hirahata
Tawaramoto
Yamato-Yagi
Yagi-nishiguchi
Unebigoryomae
Kashiharajingu-mae
Okadera
Asuka
Tsubosakayama
Ichio
Kuzu
Yoshinoguchi
Kusurimizu
Fukugami
Oada
Shimoichiguchi
Koshibe
Muda
Yamato-Kamiichi
Yoshino-Jingu
Yoshino

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Stations Limited Express Express
Osaka-Abenobashi
Furuichi
Shakudo
Takadashi
Kashiharajingu-mae
Okadera
Asuka
Tsubosakayama
Ichio
Kuzu
Yoshinoguchi
Kusurimizu
Fukugami
Oada
Shimoichiguchi
Koshibe
Muda
Yamato-Kamiichi
Yoshino-Jingu
Yoshino

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Stations Limited Express Express
Osaka-Namba
Kintetsu Nippombashi
Osaka Uehommachi
Tsuruhashi
Fuse
Kawachi-Kokubu
Goido
Yamato-Takada
Yamato-Yagi
Sakurai
Haibara
Muroguchi-Ono
Akameguchi
Nabari
Kikyogaoka
Iga-Kambe
Sakakibara-Onsenguchi
Ise-Nakagawa
Momozono
Hisai
Minamigaoka
Tsu-shimmachi
Tsu
Edobashi
Shiroko
Ise-Wakamatsu
Shiohama
Kintetsu-Yokkaichi
Kintetsu-Tomida
Kuwana
Kintetsu-Yatomi
Kintetsu-Kanie
Kintetsu-Nagoya

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Stations Limited Express Express
Osaka-Namba
Kintetsu Nippombashi
Osaka Uehommachi
Tsuruhashi
Fuse
Kawachi-Kokubu
Goido
Yamato-Takada
Yamato-Yagi
Sakurai
Haibara
Muroguchi-Ono
Akameguchi
Nabari
Kikyogaoka
Iga-Kambe
Sakakibara-Onsenguchi
Ise-Nakagawa
Matsusaka
Iseshi
Ujiyamada

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Stations Limited Express Express
Kintetsu-Nagoya
Kintetsu-Kanie
Kintetsu-Yatomi
Kuwana
Kintetsu-Tomida
Kintetsu-Yokkaichi
Shiohama
Ise-Wakamatsu
Shiroko
Edobashi
Tsu
Tsu-shimmachi
Minamigaoka
Hisai
Momozono
Ise-Nakagawa
Matsusaka
Iseshi
Ujiyamada

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Travel with rail pass

We facilitate the purchase of different rail pass with JR Hokkaido, JR East and JR West as well as the private railway company Kintetsu Railway valid for unlimited travel in Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kansai and Chugoku regions and Fukuoka prefecture in Kyushu island.

Passengers can travel on Shinkansen trains, Limited Express trains, as well as Express, Rapid or Local trains in the available area for a number of consecutive days.

Rail pass reservation is available 3 months in advance.

Destinations

Japan is divided into eight regions: Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kansai, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyushu.

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.

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Train routes to Hirosaki

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

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, JR West, Hanshin Railway, Hankyu Railway and Kintetsu Railway.

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Train routes to Nara

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.

Getting around Tokyo by train and subway

Tokyo's urban rail network comprises train lines operated by Japan Railways (JR) and subway lines operated by Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway.

Getting around Tokyo with rail pass

The railway company JR East operates two train lines that interconnect Tokyo's major stations, including Tokyo, Akibahara, Ueno, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku and Shibuya.

Travellers with Japan Rail Pass or JR East Pass can get around Tokyo using the Yamanote Line and the Chuo-Sobu Line since the services are operated by JR East.

JR East

Stations Local
Tokyo
Shinagawa
Shibuya
Shinjuku
Ikebukuro
Ueno
Akihabara
Tokyo

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Stations Rapid Local
Shinjuku
Akihabara
Tokyo

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Getting around Tokyo with subway pass

Tokyo Metro interconnects Tokyo's major stations, including Tokyo, Akibahara, Ueno, Ikebukuro, Shinjuku and Shibuya, so the subway network in an alternative way to get around the city.

Travellers who want to get around Tokyo using the Tokyo Metro services can purchase the Tokyo Subway Ticket. This ticket is valid for unlimited rides during 24-hours, 48-hours and 72-hours.

Tokyo Metro

Stations GINZA
Tokyo
Shinagawa
Shibuya
Shinjuku
Ikebukuro
Ueno
Asakusa
Akihabara

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Stations MARUNOUCHI
Tokyo
Shinagawa
Shibuya
Shinjuku
Ikebukuro
Ueno
Asakusa
Akihabara

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Stations HIBIYA
Tokyo
Shinagawa
Shibuya
Shinjuku
Ikebukuro
Ueno
Asakusa
Akihabara

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Stations FUKUTOSHIN
Tokyo
Shinagawa
Shibuya
Shinjuku
Ikebukuro
Ueno
Asakusa
Akihabara

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Getting to Tokyo Airport by train

Narita Airport is connected to Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shinjuku and Ueno stations in Tokyo by the Limited Express trains operated by JR East and Keisei Railway.

Travellers with Japan Rail Pass or JR East Pass can reserve seats on the Narita Express since the service is operated by JR East. Other travellers can book tickets 1 month in advance.

JR East

Stations NARITA
Narita Airport
Narita
Yotsukaido
Chiba
Tokyo
Shinagawa
Shinjuku

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Keisei Railway

Stations SKYLINER
Narita Airport
Shin-Kamagaya
Aoto
Nippori
Keisei Ueno

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Getting around Osaka by train and subway

Osaka's urban rail network comprises train lines operated by Japan Railways (JR) and subway lines operated by Osaka Metro.

Getting around Osaka with rail pass

The railway company JR West operates two train lines that interconnect Osaka's major stations, including Osaka, Namba and Tennoji.

Travellers with the Japan Rail Pass or JR West Pass can get around Osaka using the Osaka Loop Line and the Yamatoji Line since the services are operated by JR West.

JR West

Stations Rapid Local
Osaka
Namba
Tennoji

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Stations Rapid Local
Osaka
Namba
Tennoji

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Getting around Osaka with subway pass

Osaka Metro interconnects Osaka's major stations, including Shin-Osaka, Umeda, Namba and Tennoji, so the subway network in an alternative way to get around the city.

Travellers who want to get around Osaka using the Osaka Metro services can purchase the Osaka Metro Pass. This ticket is valid for unlimited rides during 1-day and 2-days.

Osaka Metro

Stations MIDOSUJI
Shin-Osaka
Umeda
Osaka
Namba
Tennoji

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Getting to Osaka Airport by train

Kansai Airport is connected to Shin-Osaka, Osaka, Tennoji and Namba stations in Osaka by the Limited Express trains operated by JR West and Nankai Railway.

Travellers with Japan Rail Pass or JR West Pass can reserve seats on the Haruka Express since the service is operated by JR West. Other travellers can book tickets 3 months in advance.

JR West

Stations HARUKA
Kansai Airport
Hineno
Izumi-Fuchu
Tennoji
Osaka
Shin-Osaka
Takatsuki
Kyoto

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Nankai Railway

Stations RAPI:T
Kansai Airport
Rinku Town
Izumisano
Kishiwada
Sakai
Tengachaya
Shin-Imamiya
Namba

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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.

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

We accept ticket reservations from 1 month in advance up to 24 hours before departure. For departures under 24 hours, tickets must be reserved directly at the station.

How to book train tickets in Japan

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:

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

Fill in the passenger and contact details

When you book train tickets, you can indicate your seat preference: window or aisle.

Passengers who intend to bring baggage with overall dimensions (length + width + height) of more than 160cm onto the Tokaido-Sanyo-Kyushu Shinkansen need to reserve a seat with Oversized Baggage Area.

How to book train tickets in Japan

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.

How to book train tickets in Japan

Complete your payment

Select your payment method. We accept international credit or debit cards.

Check your itinerary and price breakdown. Confirm that the booking information is correct. Before you proceed to payment, you must read and accept the terms and conditions of booking.

How to book train tickets in Japan

Receive your electronic ticket by email

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.

How to book train tickets in Japan

You can also access to Manage your booking via web and download the electronic ticket to your device.

How to book your train tickets in Japan

How to use the train e-ticket?

The electronic ticket designated as QR-Ticket is a valid boarding pass and can be used to board the train at the station of departure.

The electronic ticket with QR Pickup code can be used to pick up the physical ticket at the station before departure.

Book your train tickets in Japan

Passengers travelling with Japan Railways (JR) can print the e-ticket in advance or carry a digital copy in the mobile phone to scan the QR code at the ticket gates or the ticket vending machines.


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, scan the QR code included in your electronic ticket at the ticket gates or pick up the physical ticket at the ticket vending machines and cross through the gates using your boarding pass.


BOARD THE TRAIN

Access the platform, locate your car number corresponding to Non-reserved Seat or Reserved Seat and wait for the boarding call to board the train.





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