Maximize your travel flexibility! Enjoy Japan with the Japan Rail Pass and NOZOMI trains!

01 What is Japan Rail

JAPAN RAIL PASS is a convenient way of traveling throughout Japan by rail, offering unlimited rides on JR lines.
The Tokaido Shinkansen are running between Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, all famous tourist destinations in Japan. The Shinkansen further connects to Hiroshima, covering Japan's golden route.

Japan's golden route!
Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima

Types and prices

Validity period

Choose a ticket valid for 7 days, 14 days, or
21 days according to your travel schedule.

Train car facilities

Clean, comfortable ordinary car or
the gorgeous Green car.

Prices of Japan Rail Pass

Type Green Ordinary
Duration Adult Child Adult Child
7 days 70,000
14 days 110,000
21 days 140,000

“Child” refers to children who are 6 to 11 years old at the time when the JAPAN RAIL PASS is used. (Persons who are 12 years and older are deemed to be “adults.”) However, if the child is 11 years old at the time the payment is made when purchasing through the online sales service or when the Exchange Order is issued at the time of purchasing overseas, the child will still be considered 11 years old even if the child is actually 12 years old when using the PASS.

The Japan Rail Pass only covers "Hikari" and "Kodama" trains
on the Tokaido Shinkansen,
but the PASS holder can take "NOZOMI" train by
purchasing a special ticket
before boarding.


02 What is
“Nozomi” train?

There are three types of Tokaido Shinkansen trains: Nozomi, Hikari, and Kodama.
Nozomi is the most convenient of the three types.

Tokaido Shinkansen Line Map,
from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka

03 3 reasons you should take
“Nozomi” train

Here are three reasons why you should choose the "Nozomi" train on your memorable trip to Japan!

1. The fastest :
Short travel time allows long
stays at your destinations.

By using the Nozomi Train, you can arrive at Kyoto and Shin-Osaka the fastest among all trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen, as it has fewer stops.

Travel Time from Tokyo to Kyoto/Shin-Osaka

2. The most frequent :
Many trains make your itinerary
more flexible.

The Nozomi are operated up to 12 trains per hour! That's why you can hop on board quickly whenever you want.

Timetable Example at Tokyo Station

3. The most convenient :
No need to change trains when
traveling to Kyoto, even Hiroshima.

When going to Kyoto or Hiroshima on the Hikari or Kodama trains, sometimes you may need to change trains at intermediate stations. But with the Nozomi, there is no need to change trains! Let's spend your time calmly on the Nozomi!

*Examples of train transfer between Tokyo and Hiroshima. Not all Nozomi go to Hiroshima.

No need to change trains when traveling to Kyoto, even Hiroshima.

04 How to get the ticket
for “Nozomi” train with Japan Rail Pass

After arriving in Japan,
let's purchase the special ticket to board the Nozomi trains!

You can board the Nozomi trains with the Japan Rail Pass by purchasing "[ONLY WITH JAPAN RAIL PASS] NOZOMI MIZUHO Ticket" additionally.


It is valid only for those holding the Japan Rail Pass and one ticket is required for each ride on the “Nozomi”.

Main sections and prices(per one adult)
Main sections Price (yen)
Tokyo/Shinagawa - Kyoto 4,960
Tokyo/Shinagawa - Shin-Osaka 4,960
Tokyo/Shinagawa - Hiroshima 6,500
Nagoya - Hiroshima 4,960

Tax included. The same prices apply to Green Car tickets, reserved seat tickets in an ordinary car and non-reserved seat tickets in an ordinary car.

Reserved seat ticket machines
Reserved seat ticket machines

Sales period

From one month prior to the date of boarding the train. (The ticket must be purchased before boarding.)

Sales locations

Reserved seat ticket machines at JR stations, JR ticket offices and some travel agencies.

For more details

First, purchase the Japan Rail Pass!
Get the pass from 'JRP-R', which allows advance seat reservations.

  • All that is required to purchase a Japan Rail Pass is your passport and credit card.
  • You can book reserved seats on Shinkansen trains and limited express trains online before arriving in Japan!

Please note, the [ONLY WITH JAPAN RAIL PASS] NOZOMI MIZUHO Ticket cannot be reserved online
before arriving in Japan and must be purchased at ticket machines or station counters.

See the exclusive benefits of JRP-R! Click here to get the
Japan Rail Pass
For more details about the Japan Rail Pass

Notice for Summer Travel Planning
in Japan

Mid-August is the long summer vacation period in Japan, when accommodations and transportation, including the Shinkansen are extremely crowded with many travelers. Please be aware of this when planning your trip to Japan.​

From August 9, 2024 to August 18, 2024, Nozomi trains will be operated with all reserved seats on the Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen. There will be no non-reserved seats.​ Thus, when riding the Nozomi train during that period with Japan Rail Pass, please purchase [ONLY WITH JAPAN RAIL PASS] NOZOMI MIZUHO Ticket for reserved seat.
*Hikari and Kodama trains (trains except Nozomi) offer both non-reserved seats and reserved seats during that period as usual, but both trains are also expected to be crowded. Seat reservations for Hikari and Kodama trains can be made through “JRP-R”, our official JRP site one month before the journey, so we highly recommend purchasing the pass from JRP-R.

For more details


  • Tickets can be purchased when a JAPAN RAIL PASS holder uses a “NOZOMI” or “MIZUHO” train within the valid period of their pass.
  • For JAPAN RAIL PASS (Green car) holders, tickets for Green cars, reserved seats in standard cars, and non-reserved seats in standard cars will be available for purchase.
  • For JAPAN RAIL PASS (standard car) holders, tickets for reserved seats in standard cars and non-reserved seats in standard cars will be available for purchase (tickets for Green cars will not be available).
  • Tickets for Green cars and reserved seats in standard cars will be sold per train, and tickets for non-reserved seats in standard cars will be sold on a one-way basis.
  • There are limits to the number of reserved seats in Green cars and standard cars. Tickets may not be available even when there are open seats.
  • A NOZOMI MIZUHO Ticket can be used only when it is used together with the PASS. When riding on the train outside of the section designated on the NOZOMI MIZUHO Ticket, an additional fare and fee must be paid for the corresponding section.
  • When purchasing a ticket for a non-reserved seat in an Ordinary car, be sure to confirm if the train has any non-reserved seats.
  • If the "NOZOMI" or "MIZUHO" train is delayed for over two hours, pass through a manned gate and notify the JR staff. Your ticket may be refunded.

*All images are for illustrative purposes.