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Can I eat food and drink at Shinkansen?

May 19, 2017

Can I eat food and drink at Shinkansen?

Can I eat or drink something at my seat of Shinkansen?


Yes, you can.

You can bring food and drink on Shinkansen.


At Shinkansen station, you will find KIOSK selling drink, food, and books/magazines.

Kiosk at shinkansen station

Also, you often see small shops selling Obento box, sandwiches, and drinks.

Large station, such as Tokyo station, has many stores inside/outside of Shinkansen gates.


KIOSK and shops are often located inside of Shinkansen gates.

Therefore, you can purchase food and drink on your way to a platform after going through the gate.

Some stations have KIOSK and shops at platforms.


Each station has unique Obento box using ingredients popular in that area.

It is fun to explore Obento box where you go.


Enjoy your trip.






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Seat guide

Shinkansen seats are available in four levels depending on the comfort and services your require.

Reserved Seat

Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.

Green Reserved Seat

Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who values comfortable travel. Consider it as "business class" seats.

GranClass Seat

Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines. Gran Class seats comes with airline-like amenities and meals.The most expensive of all.

Unreserved Seat

You can take any open seats in dedicated unreserved cars. The best seat type if your priority is the cost and are traveling during less-crowded season/time.


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