How to use the Japanese Bullet Train (Shinkansen)
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How to use the Japanese Bullet Train (Shinkansen)

October 10, 2019


This is your standard Shinkansen Ticket. I added the Blue and Red line in to help me explain the ticket. The Kanji to the left is for Sendai, and to the right it is for Hachinohe. Make sure you know what the Kanji means beforehand so you don’t go to the wrong destination. At some train stations, they’ll put English above the Kanji to help you out. Above the blue line is the train number. In this case it’s hayabusa 13. In train station you’ll see a sign with train numbers. Across from train number will be departure time. Across from the departure time, in this case 11:54, will be the track number for the train. They usually don’t have multiple trains with the same number. If you see train 13 with a departure time of 11:54 then this is your train. You can also check to make sure that it’s a hayabusa to really make sure. Just compare the hiragana on the ticket to the hiragana on the sign. Above the red line, starting from the left, you have your car number, which in this case is number 4. Moving to the right you have 7, which is the row number once you get inside the car. And then finally you have “D” which is your seat letter in the car. Once you find your track you locate the area for car number 4. After entering the train you locate row 7 and then sit down in seat D. Overall, it’s pretty easy.

1 Comment

  • Reply katzrule34 December 28, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    What is "kongee?"

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