Topics of Shinkansen Travels

  • New rule for bringing big baggage.

    New rule for bringing large baggage into Shinkansen trains will be applied from May 2020. If a passenger bringing a baggage of the total linear dimensions (length, width, height) per item is from 160 cm to 250 cm, they must pre-order a ticket. A passenger having no advanced reservation for his/her baggage will be collected a fee of JPY 1,000.

  • 2019-20’s Full Moon Pass is released.

    JR groups released that Full Moon Fufu Green Pass (フルムーン夫婦グリーンパス) from September 1 again for couples of 88 in a total of husband’s and wive’s ages. This pass allows unlimited travel throughout Japan by green cars for 5, 7 or 12 days.

  • 2019 autumn trains operational plans

    JR companies released the overview of special operational trains in this autumn, from October 1, 2019 to November 30. According to them, many extra trains will run during morning and evening on weekdays, weekends.

  • New Starbucks in Shinkansen concourse of Kyoto Station

    JR Central announced they will renovate the shopping zone in Kyoto Station. Two new Starbucks stores will be opened from 2020 January – March.

  • Okayama Depot will be opened on October 27.

    JR West announced the Shinkansen’s depot in Okayama will be opened to the public as Sanyo Shinkansen Fureai Day (山陽新幹線ふれあいデー(岡山)) on Octuber 27. At the site, visitors can watch many Sanyo Shinkansen’s train cars. The cockpit of a Shinkansen train will also be opened for a few participants who selected by loto. Please note that to participate this event, visitors need advanced registration and being in a drawing.