Tokaido Shinkansen image gallery. Check the interior and accommodations.


Original Shinkansen 0 series. It has been already disused.
Original Shinkansen 0 series. It has been already disused.

We cannot think about the travel in Japan without Shinkansen. Especially Tokaido Shinkansen (Tokyo-Shin Osaka) can be used for transfer to Kyoto and Osaka from Tokyo. Most of travellers take this Shinkansen once or more. Probably you want to see the interior of Shinkansen trains. There are several types of trains to be operated on Tokaido Shinkansen. I show you all types of trains of Tokaido Shinkansen trains. And also most of Tokaido Shinkansen trains go through on Sanyo Shinkansen between Shin-Osaka and Hakata. So if you take Sanyo Shinkansen, this post may be useful for you too.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images below.

700 series

700 series is used for Nozomi, Hikari and a few Kodama
700 series is used for Nozomi, Hikari and a few Kodama

This type is used for most of Nozomi that is operated between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka, some of Hikari and a few Kodama that is operated by early morning or late night. This 700 series is replacing with 300 series these days. This will be the main stream of trains on Tokaido Shinkansen instead of 300 series. 700 series is used for Hikari Rail Star that is operated between Shin-Osaka and Hakata. But the exterior and interior are different.

Images

Green seat (Seat pitch 1160mm/Seat configuration 2+2)
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Ordinary seat (Seat pitch 1040mm/Seat configuration 2+3. Middle seat on 3 is a bit wider than other seats.)
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Sanitary space
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N700 series

The newest fleet N700 series gives you the best performance.
The newest fleet N700 series gives you the best performance.

This type is the newest train and the best. This gives you the best comfortability and smooth ride. But this is used mostly for Nozomi that is operated between Tokyo and Hakata. There are a few Hikari and Kodama that are operated by this series. But is is early morning or late night and it is very limited and short distance operation. N700’s Green seat is called “Synchronized comfort seat”. This is the best seat in Shinkansen trains. All Green seat equip a power outlet, and the first row, last row and window side of Ordinary seat have a power outlet too. N700 series is only Shinkansen train that has WiFi access between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. It is not free. The easiest way to get a connection is buying one day passport from Hot Spot.

The newest train Mizuho and Sakura on Sanyo-Kyushu Shinkansen are operated by same series. But the interior is different. I don’t have any images. But you will find some on the post, Kyushu Shinkansen Mizuho and Sakura.

Images

Green seat (Seat pitch 1160mm/Seat configuration 2+2)
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Ordinary seat (Seat pitch 1040mm/Seat configuration 2+3. Middle seat on 3 is a bit wider than other seats.)
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Sanitary space
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Smoking space
Smoking is not allowed on the train is operated by N700 series. But there are some smoking area.
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23 thoughts on “Tokaido Shinkansen image gallery. Check the interior and accommodations.”

  1. Dear Takeshi,
    I had read some of questions and your answers, it really helps me though. Me and my family ( 5 adults, 2 kids and 1 infants ), we will visit Japan for the first time on 23 June 2015 by Garuda Indonesia from Jakarta to Haneda airport Tokyo. We will around Japan in 10 days. We plan to stay 2 nights in Hilton Bay Disney Resort to enjoying Disney sea and Disneyland, and at 26 June we will move to stay 3 nights at Osaka, plan to stay at Keyhan Universal Tower Hotel to enjoy universal studio and explore Osaka, plan to visit Kyoto, Mt. Fuji and if possible visit Hiroshima, and than back again to Tokyo to explore the city and we plan to stay at Tokyo Downtown before we back to Haneda airport on 4th July at 8am to back Jakarta. Can you please suggest what transportation we need for our plan above ? And where we have to buy our JR pass when in airport ? I really really appreciate for your answer. Thank you so much Takeshi.

    Love,
    Elytha and family

    1. Hi Elytha,

      First of all, you can use JR pass 7 days.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/other-rail-passes/rail-pass-for-visitors/japan-rail-pass-user-guide-how-to-use-jr-pass-to-its-maximum.html

      You cannot purchase JR pass in Japan. You have to get an exchange order before you leave.
      You don’t need this pass after arrival at Haneda to Tokyo Disney because there is direct bus from airport to Disney resort.
      You can start to use this pass when you leave for Osaka. But you don’t have a chance to exchange the pass when you stay in Disney. I recommend you to exchange it at Haneda airport. Even though you don’t start to use the pass right after arrival, you can exchange and pick up the date when you want to start. And also you can book your train to Osaka and even to Tokyo from Osaka when you exchange it. I strongly recommend you to do this. Otherwise you have to pay single fare to get Tokyo station from Maihama station (TDL gateway). And also you have to exchange and book at Tokyo station.

      I don’t think you have a time to visit Hiroshima. Hiroshima can be accessed from Osaka as day trip.
      http://jprail.com/sample-itineraries/1-day/day-trip-to-hiroshima-and-miyajima-from-osakakyoto.html

      But you have only 3 nights. You will spend one full day each for USJ and Kyoto. If you go to Hiroshima, you don’t have a time to see Osaka.

      Mt. Fuji can be accessed from Tokyo as day trip.
      http://jprail.com/destinations/chubu-area/fuji-hakone-access-guide-by-train-and-bus-from-both-tokyo-and-osaka-kyoto-nagoya.html

      You can drop by there on the way to Tokyo from Osaka. But you will have many luggages. It’s not recommended. Day trip is much easier for your family member.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

      1. Dear Takeshi,
        Thank you so much for your suggest. I still have some question.
        – Do we have to buy JR pass for all family member or only one ?
        -What kind of Shinkansen we have to use to shin-Osaka and what time is better to travel with lot of luggage ?and what train we have to use from Shin-Osaka station to our hotel at namba (Hotel Monterey Grasmere) ?
        – How to go back from Osaka to our hotel in Tokyo (we plan a hotel in Shinjuku ) ? If we don’t use JR. pass , do we will pay more expensive ? I really need your guide. Thanks so much for your kindness Takeshi.

        1. Hi Elytha,

          – Do we have to buy JR pass for all family member or only one ?
          Yes. Everyone needs to have it. But if your kids are less than 5 years old, the pass is not required if one of your family member share the seat. Your kid cannot get a seat without the pass.

          -What kind of Shinkansen we have to use to shin-Osaka and what time is better to travel with lot of luggage ?and what train we have to use from Shin-Osaka station to our hotel at namba (Hotel Monterey Grasmere) ?
          You can take Tokaido Shinkansen. But Nozomi is not covered by JR pass.
          http://jprail.com/trains/sort-by-departure-arrival-stations/stations-in-tokai/nagoya-toyohashi/what-is-shinkansen-bullet-train.html
          You can take Shinkansen anytime. But Keiyo line (Maihama to Tokyo) is commute line and very busy until 9:00 am. You should leave your hotel after 9:00 am. You can find the timetable for Shinkansen at the links below. Nozomi is shown as “N” int the timetables below:
          http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/timetable/_pdf/westbound.pdf (to Shin-Osaka)
          http://english.jr-central.co.jp/info/timetable/_pdf/eastbound.pdf (to Tokyo)
          Keiyo line train runs every 3 to 10 minutes. Just go to Maihama station and catch it.
          Osaka subway is the best way to get Namba from Shin-Osaka. But JR pass does not cover subway. Please find more info at the link below:
          http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

          – How to go back from Osaka to our hotel in Tokyo (we plan a hotel in Shinjuku ) ? If we don’t use JR. pass , do we will pay more expensive ?
          It’s same way as Tokyo to Osaka by Shinkansen. You can catch local train from Tokyo to Shinjuku. Even if you don’t use JR pass, Shinkansen is the best way to get Tokyo from Osaka. You can use single fare if you want. Total fare will be a bit more expensive than JR pass in my estimation.

          Cheers,

          Takeshi / JP Rail

          1. Dear Takeshi,

            Your information really really helped me to arange my travel. I do appreciate it. Thanks sooooo much Takeshi.

            Best regards,

            Elytha

          2. Dear Takeshi,

            Here i come again with my question, i hope you not bored yet :)
            Me and my family will spent our last three days to explore around Tokyo. Place we would like to visit is :
            Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku, Ginza, Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo tower, Hama Rikyu Landscape Garden, Meiji shrine, Imperial palace, Zojoji temple, Asakusa&Sensoji temple, yoyogi park, Ueno park,Yebisu Garden place, Akihabara, Marunouchi, Tokyo skytree/Tokyo solamachi, Ikebokuro, Kappabashi street, Sugamo, Odaiba, Roppongi hills, Tokyo midtown, Edo Tokyo museum.
            My question is , can we visit it all in 3 days ? Can you suggest us the direction which place to visit first and what is next ( for example : which place that is close one another ) and can you suggest which hotel is better for us (who first time come to Tokyo), near Tokyo Station or near Shinjuku Station ? Which one is easier for us to go around ? Last but no least, where to buy JR Pass from Indonesia ?
            Well thanks so much for your kindness, we really appreciate it.

            Warm regards,
            Elytha

          3. Hi Elytha,

            I think you can make it in 3 days. But I have never done like this before. So I can say it will be tight but you can make it in hurry.
            I’m sorry but I don’t customize the itinerary personally. If I do this, I have to accept this request from all readers. In my website, I don’t take this kind of request from anybody. Please understand it.

            For staying, Tokyo is better to stay. Because most of places are closer to Tokyo than Shinjuku. But Tokyo station is business town. Shinjuku gives you more fun to stay.

            You can find the agent in your country at the link below:
            http://www.japanrailpass.net/area_02.html

            Cheers,

            Takeshi / JP Rail

          4. Dear Takeshi,
            Thanks so much for your kindness to replay all of our questions. It really helped us a lot. Have a good time Takeshi.

            Warm Regards,
            Elytha

  2. Dear Takeshi,

    My family and me( with 2 teenage daughter)from Indonesia will have holiday in Japan on dec 11-21 for The first time.
    We are quite often travel without tour guide, but this time going to Japan will BE different because
    Of language/communication challenge.
    I would like your favor to help us through out our itinerary.
    We arrive on dec 11 from KL By airasia at Kansai airport 8:45am, and going back on dec 21 to KL by airasia at Haneda Airport on 23:55pm
    What The best transport from airport to hotel monterey grasmere osaka?
    Our purpose 4 days during in Osaka just for sightseeing, food, entertain, and shopping for sure.
    The places we intend to go are Universal studio, Osaka aquarium, Osaka castle, Shintennoji temple, Umeda Sky building, Osaka castle park, kemasakuranomiya park, Namba, Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi, Umeda, Nipponbashi den-den town, Tenjinbashi suji arcade, Osaka bay are/tempo zan marketplace, Rinku town if possible.
    On dec 15 after lunch plan to depart from hotel monterey grasmere to Shin Osaka and take Shinkansen to Shinagawa and to hotel Kadoya Tokyo.
    Our purpose 7 days during in Tokyo are same.
    The places we intend to go are Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney sea, Imperial palace, Tokyo tower&zojoji temple, Hama Rikyu Landscape Garden, Meiji shrine, Asakusa&Sensoji temple, yoyogi park, Ueno park,Yebisu Garden place, Shinjuku Gyoen, Akihabara, Ginza, Marunouchi, Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku, Tokyo skytree/Tokyo solamachi, Ikebokuro, Kappabashi street,
    Sugamo, Odaiba, Roppongi hills, Tokyo midtown, Edo Tokyo museum, Yokohama(Chinatown,Yamashita park, Osanbashi pier)
    Please help us to arrange our itinerary so we can get better results with limited of time, also minimum understanding of time consume from place to place, transportation system, language.
    Your help and suggestions are highly appreciated like: Places to go, transportation(train, bus), what kind of pass to buy? Times consume we need and cost of money?
    Sorry if i asked you too much, We are Happy to Hear from you again.

    Thanks,
    Lino

    1. Hi Lino,

      1. KIX to Namba
      I think I told you before. Please see the link below:
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/how-to-access-from-kansai-airport-to-downtown-osaka-kyoto-and-kobe.html
      You left a comment and I replied at above link. It’s almost at the bottom of the link above.

      2. Stay in Osaka
      I think Eco Card or Osaka unlimited pass will be your choice. Please see the link below:
      http://jprail.com/destinations/kansai-area/guide-to-take-trains-in-osaka-how-to-choose-the-best-route-by-train-to-get-the-major-spots.html

      3. Namba – ShinOsaka – Shinagata
      Take subway Midousuji line and transfer to Shinkansen at Shin-Osaka.
      You can find an exact fare at Hyperdia:
      http://www.hyperdia.com/en/

      4. Stay in Tokyo
      Probably subway pass is the best choice for exploring in Tokyo.
      http://jprail.com/travel-informations/tips-for-japan-rail-pass/subway-in-tokyo.html
      Single ticket is only your choice to Yokohama.

      I can’t say about your exact cost at this point. I estimate it will be about 30000 yen.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

      1. Hello Takeshi,

        Thank you so much for your help and detail information.
        Sorry asking you more than it should be.
        I am Happy and appreciated what you have done to help
        so many people who travel around your lovely country Japan.
        Have a great time, God bless you.

        Cheers,
        Lino

  3. Hello Takeshi !

    I’ll be in Japan in May month ( of cource, primary purpose of my trip is to travel by Shinkansen and other trains :) ). I want to make some photos in Shinkansen train depots ( locomotive maintenance facility ).
    Can you tell me where the main depots are located ? I hear about Hakata, Settsu (Osaka) and Omya (near Tokyo).

    Have a Nice Day !
    Steve

    1. Hi Steve,

      There are many Shikansen base in Japan. But most of them is very hard to access without car. I think Hakata is the easiest. Shinkansen train is operated between Hakata and Hakata-Minami near base.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakata-Minami_Line

      I have never been to Shinkansen base by myself. But mostly it is very hard to see Shinkansen train from outside. Sometimes it is open for public. But only JR staff can enter there.

      Torigai base (Settsu) can be seen at the left side after 5 to 10 minutes Shinkansen departs from Shin-Osaka.

      Sorry! That’s all I can say.

      Cheers,

      Takeshi / JP Rail

  4. This is my first trip to Japan where part of my travel plans is a bullet train ride from tokyo to kyoto via the nozomi shinagawa lines leaving at 15.37. My question is, how do we get to the station if we are coming from the Ginza area where our tour operator will drop us by before we proceed to our Kyoto trip.

  5. We are planning to land at Narita on Sunday afternoon June 17 and to fly out on Saturday June 23. We would like to spend most of our time in and around Tokyo, but would like to see Mt. Fuji and Hiroshima. Obviously we need to buy JR 1-week Pass, how much time will we need to visit the other two locations? Please help.

    1. Hi Alan,
      If you want to just see Mt. Fuji, you can see it from Shinkansen when you go to Hiroshima. But I think you want to see some attraction and scenery. It depends on what you want to do in Mt. Fuji. Please see the following post:
      http://jprail.com/destinations/how-to-use-japan-rail-pass-to-go-to-mt-fuji.html
      When you go to Hiroshima, I recommend you to stay one night there. It takes at least 5 hours to get Hiroshima from Tokyo. It is not realistic to visit there from Tokyo in one day.
      So I think you need to spend one day for Mt. Fuji and another two days for Hiroshima.
      Cheers,
      Takeshi / JP Rail

  6. My arrival time in Narita airport is 15.10.on the 17th Feb. After checking the JR timetable, I do not have too many choices with a JR pass. My only option going to Hiroshima is Hikari 479 then catch the K 769.
    Do you have any other options? Looks like there are only 2 more trains going to Hiroshima from Shinosaka if I missed the K769. Am I right? It seems quite hectic.

    Thanks for checking this out for me.

    Ernest

    1. Hi Eanest,
      Hikari 479 departs from Tokyo at 16:03. Unfortunately this one does not work for you.
      I estimate your arrival time in Tokyo will be around 17:30. Because you will land Narita at 15:10. It will take at least one hour to go through custom and immigration, and then pick up baggage. It will take another one hour to get Tokyo station by Narita Express. That is the reason why you cannot take Hikari 479.
      So my suggestion is the following:
      Tokyo 18:03 > Hikari 483 > 21:13 Shin Osaka
      Shin Osaka 21:38 Hikari 583 > 23:39 Hiroshima
      These trains are the last train to get Hiroshima from Tokyo. You may be able to get one earlier Hikari that departs from Tokyo at 17:33.
      If you cannot take these trains, you have to pay full fare to get Nozomi. As you know, Nozomi is not covered by JR pass. But it is only way to get Hiroshima on arrival day.
      Good luck!
      Takeshi / JP Rail

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