Japan’s high speed bullet trains, also known as Shinkansen trains, offer visitors an experience like no other with speeds reaching up to 320 km/hr! The main Shinkansen lines with bullet trains include Tokaido, Sanyo, Tohoku, Joetsu, Nagano and Kyushu. Popular routes include Tokyo to Osaka and Tokyo to Nagano with frequent and punctual departures. Hop on and off the rails in cities like Kyoto, Nagoya and Yokohama along the way!
To travel on Japan’s bullet trains you can choose from 3 different rail passes. The Japan Rail Pass covers the entire country of Japan whereas the JR East Pass allows for travel in Eastern Japan including Tokyo, Nagano and Mount Fuji. Kyushu Rail Passes offer the flexibility of exploring the entire island of Kyushu, or only the Northern part of Japan’s third largest island. All these passes represent great value, as they include travel on Japan’s bullet trains!
Why choose to travel on bullet trains?
High speed travel to the destinations of your choice, as well as frequent and punctual departures.
Rail passes that include travel on bullet trains will save you money and time travelling through Japan.
Services on bullet trains
Train announcements made in multiple languages
Catering services onboard including food carts with snacks, drinks and meals plus vending machines
Most trains are non-smoking
Passengers are allowed two pieces of luggage, up to a maximum of 60kg and 250cm total in height, length and width. Delivery services are available.
Bicycles are permitted on bullet trains at no additional cost but must be folded or disassembled and packed.
Small pets including dogs, cats and birds are allowed onboard but must weigh less than 10kg and need to be carried in a container with a maximum total height and length of 90cm.
Passengers in wheelchairs have access to special seating on high speed trains but must make a request to the station they are boarding at, two days in advance. Wheelchairs must conform to maximum size requirements and those with steering wheels are generally not allowed. Elevators and escalators at stations are wheelchair-friendly. Strollers can be carried onboard at no charge, as long as they are folded and placed either in front of the seat or in the luggage compartment.
Source : http://www.acprail.com/rail-passes/japan-rail/bullet-train