+44 (0)20 3514 6932
Japon

Why can't I use the Nozomi Shinkansen with a JR Pass?

Tokaido and Sanyo lines

shinkansen explained

The “Nozomi” is perhaps one of the most well-known Japanese bullet trains, but as you may have already seen, it cannot be used with the Japan Rail Pass.

Do not worry ! You can make the same trip using a different high-speed bullet train!

Many travellers who are using or thinking of using a Japan Rail Pass often feel confused by this: what kind of trips are they prohibited from making? Does the lack of Nozomi trains affect their travel?

The Nozomi is the name for the fastest bullet train on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, the line that runs from Tokyo to Osaka, stopping at Kyoto and Nagoya (among other cities) along the way. In a previous article, we detailed the names and differences between all three bullet trains on the Tokaido line.

from tokyo to kyoto or osaka

If you are traveling from Tokyo to Kyoto or Osaka (or vice versa) with a JR Pass, instead you can use the Hikari shinkansen. It stops at all of the stations that the Nozomi does, plus one or two more stations.

along the sanyo shinkansen

If you are trying to travel on the Sanyo (Western Japan) part of the Nozomi train, you can transfer trains at Shin-Osaka Station and instead take the Sakura Shinkansen to make the same trip as the Nozomi.Lastly, if you still wish to use the Nozomi train, please note that at this time there is no discounted ticket for JR Pass holders; pass holders will still be required to pay the full fare to ride the Nozomi shinkansen.

itineraries 

Discover Japan with one of our small group tours.

Your Pass at the best price

National JR Pass From £ 199
JR Kansai Pass From £ 15
JR Kyushu Pass From £ 103
JR Shikoku Pass From £ 62
JR West Pass From £ 131
JR Hokkaido Pass From £ 113
JR Central Pass From £ 96
JR East Pass From £ 179

Latest Tips

Getting around in Tokyo

With 13 million inhabitants, Tokyo is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. It extends 90 km from east to west...
By following your navigation on this website, you agree to the use of cookies in order to improve your user experience, provide personalized contents in consideration of your interests or to realize visits statistics. By continuing on this website, you agree to the use of cookies. To learn more and configure your preferences regarding cookies.