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We continue moving forward with our expansion through Asia bringing online booking for train tickets in Japan.
You can now book Shinkansen trains from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and many more tourist destinations through Baolau and get your tickets delivered to your address in Japan for your convenience, ready for boarding.
Types of trains in JapanRail services in Japan are provided by Japan Railways (JR) as well as many private railway companies.
Japan Railways (JR) consists of seven independent companies that carry on the operations of the former government-owned Japanese National Railways (JNR). Six of the companies of JR Group are dedicated to operate passenger train services in different regions of Japan: JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku, and JR Kyushu. The seventh company, JR Freight, operates freight train services.
The parent company JR Group is in charge of managing the national railway network as well as the ticketing system to guarantee that passengers can travel across different regions of Japan without need of changing trains and purchasing separate tickets.
To achieve this nationwide coverage of the railway transportation, Japan Railways (JR) operates two types of intercity trains:
Shinkansen or High speed railShinkansen is the high-speed railway operated with trains running at a maximum speed of 240–320 km/h.
Since the Tokaido line was launched in 1964 connecting Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, the network has expanded to interconnect most of the major cities in the islands of Honshu, Hokkaido and Kyushu. In the present, the Shinkansen network consists of 2,764 kilometers of dedicated high-speed tracks that use standard-gauge and are separated from the conventional lines that use different gauge.
The main Shinkansen lines are the following:
The Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu lines are interconnected forming a continuous east-west corridor that links Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka, and in the practice is used by many through train services operated by JR Central and JR West. The Tohoku and Hokkaido lines are also interconnected forming a continuous north-south corridor that links Tokyo and Hakodate, with an extension to Sapporo scheduled to open in 2030. The Tohoku line and the Tokaido line meet in Tokyo but the tracks are not physically interconnected, hence there are no through services between the East and Central regions and passengers are required to interchange trains at Tokyo Station.
Shinkansen trains are designated by a code name that identifies the class of service followed by one to three numerals. The most popular Shinkansen services are the following:
Shinkansen trains are powered by electric multiple units and can carry up to 16 cars per train, arranged in Green cars with business class seats that require advanced reservation and Ordinary cars with standard class seats distributed in Reserved cars and Non-reserved cars.
In total, the Shinkansen trains offer three passengers classes:
This article first appeared on www.baolau.com
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