The antenna installation work in tunnels of Kyushu Shinkansen for the verbal and data communication over mobile phones are progressing. From November 1, mobile communications through NTT DoCoMo, KDDI (au) and Softbank (including Y! mobile), and MVNO over these networks will be available in a part of tunnels between Shin-Yatsushiro and Shin-Minamata.
The Japan Championship Series of the top baseball league in Japan will begin from October 27. JR West announced that they will operate some special trains for visitors of those games.
JR companies released the overview of special operational trains in this winter, from December 1, 2018, to February 28，2019. They will provide many train services according to the prospect of demand.
JR Central announced “Family Cabins” (ファミリー車両) will be available in Nozomi trains again during coming winter holidays. Those are special cabins for families traveling with children under primary school age by Tokaido Shinkansen trains in such busiest periods. Families can be on board with crying and screaming little babies without hesitation. That may be a great option for family travelers.
JR Kyushu released additional information of “Shinkansen Festa 2018 in Kumamoto” (新幹線フェスタ2018 in 熊本) which will be held in the Shinkansen’s depot in Kumamoto on October 28.