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About the Shinkansen

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The Tokaido Shinkansen

Since its inauguration in 1964, approximately 5.6 billion people have used the Tokaido Shinkansen, the transportation artery linking Japan’s three largest metropolitan areas, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka. The Tokaido Shinkansen has literally supported Japan’ s economic growth.

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  • Additional Draw-out tracks in Shin-Osaka Station
    Additional Draw-out tracks in Shin-Osaka Station
The Tokaido Shinkansen Data (FY2014.3)
Total daily number of trains 342*1
Average daily passenger ridership 424 thousand
Yearly passenger ridership 155 million
Maximum operating speed 285km/h
Average delay from schedule per train 0.9 minutes*2

*1. Including extra services

*2. Including delays due to uncontrollable causes, such as natural disasters

The Tokaido Shinkansen Service (Nozomi, Hikari, Kodama)
  Tokyo~Shin-Osaka,
time required
Tokyo~Shin-Osaka,
fare/surcharge*2
Number of non-reserved
seat cars
Nozomi 2 hr 22 min*1 ¥14,450 3
Hikari Approx. 3 hr ¥14,140 5
Kodama Approx. 4 hr ¥14,140 10*3

Note:Each Tokaido Shinkansen train has 16 cars

*1. Based on the fastest “Nozomi” service

*2. For a reserved seat of regular cars (normal season) Non-reserved seats are all ¥13,620

*3. May vary by train

Stops. Nozomi:Shinagawa, Shin-Yokohama, Nagoya and Kyoto
Hikari:Same as Nozomi, plus a few additional stations
Kodama:Every station

Japan’s GDP and The Tokaido Shinkansen Passenger-kilometers

Japan’s GDP and The Tokaido Shinkansen Passenger-kilometers
Sources: GDP: Annual Report on National Accounts (Cabinet office, Government of Japan)

  • The Tokaido Shinkansen
    Daily Departures
    The Tokaido Shinkansen Daily Departures
    Note1: Departures shown are as of the beginning of each fiscal year (excluding extra services) Note2: JR Central commenced operations in Apr. 1987, “Nozomi” began commercial operation in Mar. 1992, a drastic timetable revision was implemented in Oct. 2003 (maximum seven “Nozomi” hourly departures)
  • Introduction of rolling stocks
    (The Tokaido Shinkansen)
    Introduction of rolling stocks (The Tokaido Shinkansen)
    Note: The figures are as of the end of each fiscal year (excluding retrained trains and .etc)

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