If you are planning to take a bullet train, shinkansen, from Tokyo to Kyoto,
you might be wondering where you can take the bullet train.
There are many stations in Tokyo area, such as Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Harajuku, and many more...
The stations you can take bullet trains are Tokyo station and Shinagawa station.
Tokyo station connects to many subways and JR lines, including JR Yamanote line.
Shinagawa station connects to many railways, including JR lines and Keikyu line going to Haneda International Airport.
Which station should you choose?
Here are our recommendations:
If you are in the following stations/areas/spots, you can choose Tokyo station.
If you are in the following stations/areas/spots, you can choose Shinagawa station.
Please be careful that if you take Shinkansen to Tohoku, Nagano, and any cities in North of Japan, you have to take Shinaknsen from Tokyo station.
You can only take Tokaido Shinkansen, going to Nagoya, Kyoto, Shin-Osaka, Hiroshima, and Hakata, at Shinagawa station.
Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.
Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who
Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines.
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.
For further information and photos, please visit official page at http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/ticket/types.html