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Wi-Fi available on all Shinkansen (from May 2019)

June 27, 2018

Wi-Fi available on all Shinkansen (from May 2019)

Japan Railway has recently announced that they will begin offering free Wi-Fi on all Shinkansen lines during the current fiscal year that ends in March.

Despite strong demand from foreign visitors, only a limited number of bullet trains have wireless Internet access at present.

The new service will be available on all the following trains, including Tokaido Shinkansen which many foreigners use to travel between Tokyo and Kyoto / Shin-Osaka.

Akita Shinkansen - by May 2019
Hokuriku Shinkansen - by September 2019
Tokaido Shinkansen - by March 2020
Sanyo Shinkansen - by March 2020
Shinkansen - by March 2020
Yamagata Shinkansen - by March 2020

Japan Railway will also start to offer free Wi-Fi on more trains on the Hokkaido, Tohoku and Joetsu Shinkansen lines.


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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