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Where can I take a bullet train in Tokyo?

January 10, 2017

Where can I take a bullet train in Tokyo?

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.

  • Ueno
  • Akihabara
  • Ryogoku
  • Sugamo
  • Ikebukuro
  • Shinjuku
  • Yotsuya
  • Ginza
  • Nihonbashi
  • Tokyo sky tree
  • Tokyo Disney resort
  • Narita International Airport

If you are in the following stations/areas/spots, you can choose Shinagawa station.

  • Shibuya
  • Ebisu
  • Meguro
  • Osaki
  • Harajuku
  • Haneda International Airport


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.





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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