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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.






Seat guide

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

Ordinary Seat

Regular seats used on Reserved cars and Unreserved cars of Shinkansen. Consider it as "economy class" seat.

Green Seat

Better seats with more space than ordinary seats. All Green Seats are reserved only. Consider it as "business class" seats.

Reserved Seat (Ordinary Reserved Seat)

Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.
Seats are the same as Ordinary Seat.

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 unreserved cars of any train on the departure date. (No departure time will be indicated on your tickets.)
The best seat type if your priority is the cost and are traveling during less-crowded season/time.



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