Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) has
launched an online reservation service that allows travellers from
overseas to purchase tickets for the Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen
before arriving in Japan.
Tickets are available for the Tokaido Sanyo
Shinkansen (bullet train) which runs through Japan's golden route
connecting Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima,
Hakata and other destinations.
Shinkansen tickets can still be purchased at
station ticket offices in Japan, but this new service will allow
travellers to better plan their trip.
Moreover, travellers can change their booking as
many times as they like, and up to just 4 minutes before
departure, without any additional charge.
The online system allows customers to book seats and purchase tickets
up to one
month prior to departure on all types of Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen,
including the fastest Nozomi.
A reservation is required
when bringing oversized baggage with overall dimensions (length +
width + height) of between 160 cm and 250 cm (about 62 in. and 98
in.). Any oversized baggage carried onboard without a reservation
is subject to a carry-on oversized baggage fee.