Tokaido Shinkansen

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Updated: July 4, 2014

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Shinkansen in Maibara Station.
The Tokaido Shinkansen (東海道新幹線 Tōkaidō Shinkansen) is the first Shinkansen bullet train line that opened in 1964 between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka Stations. It is the busiest shinkansen line in Japan since it links Japan's five largest cities: Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, and Osaka. operated by the Central Japan Railway Company.

The line is seamlessly connected to the Sanyo Shinkansen line which goes further to Hakata Station in Fukuoka Prefecture.

Three types of bullet trains run on the line: Nozomi, Hikari, and Kodama. Nozomi stops only at the largest cities, while the Hikari stops at more stations but not all. Kodama trains stop at all shinkansen stations.

Via Nozomi trains, it take 2.5 hours to travel between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. The Japan Rail Pass also cannot be used on Nozomi trains.

In Shiga Prefecture, the Tokaido Shinkansen stops at Maibara Station, the prefecture's sole shinkansen station. Only the Kodama and a few Hikari shinkansen trains stop at Maibara Station. People visiting southern Shiga can get off at Kyoto Station and take a local train line to enter Shiga.

Station Location Transfers
Tokyo 東京 Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Tohoku Shinkansen, Joetsu Shinkansen, Hokuriku Shinkansen, Yamanote Line, Chuo Main Line, Sobu Main Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Tokaido Main Line, Keiyo Line, Yokosuka Line, Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line
Shinagawa 品川 Minato-ku, Tokyo Yamanote Line, Keihin-Tohoku Line, Tokaido Main Line, Yokosuka Line, Keikyu Main Line
Shin-Yokohama 新横浜 Kohoku-ku, Yokohama Yokohama Subway No. 3 Line
Odawara 小田原 Odawara, Kanagawa Tokaido Main Line, Shonan-Shinjuku Line, Odakyu Odawara Line, Izu-Hakone Railway Daiyuzan Line, Hakone Tozan Line
Atami 熱海 Atami, Shizuoka Tokaido Main Line, Ito Line
Mishima 三島 Mishima, Shizuoka Tokaido Main Line, Izu-Hakone Railway Sunzu Line
Shin-Fuji 新富士 Fuji, Shizuoka
Shizuoka 静岡 Aoi-ku, Shizuoka Tokaido Main Line, Shizuoka Kiyomizu Line (Shin-Shizuoka Station)
Kakegawa 掛川 Kakegawa, Shizuoka Tokaido Main Line, Tenryu Hamanako Line
Hamamatsu 浜松 Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Tokaido Main Line, Enshu Railway (Shin-Hamamatsu Station)
Toyohashi 豊橋 Toyohashi, Aichi Tokaido Main Line, Iida Line, Nagoya Main Line, Toyohashi Atsumi Line, Toyohashi Azumada Main Line
Mikawa-Anjo 三河安城 Anjo, Aichi Tokaido Main Line
Nagoya 名古屋 Nakamura-ku, Nagoya Tokaido Main Line, Chuo Main Line, Kansai Main Line, Nagoya Subway Higashiyama Line, Nagoya Subway Sakura-dori Line, Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line (Meitetsu Nagoya Station), Kintetsu Nagoya Line (Kintetsu Nagoya Station), Aonami Line
Gifu-Hashima 岐阜羽島 Hashima, Gifu Meitetsu Hashima Line (Shin-Hashima Station)
Maibara 米原 Maibara, Shiga Tokaido Main Line, Biwako Line, Hokuriku Main Line, Ohmi Railways
Kyoto 京都 Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto Biwako Line, JR Kyoto Line, Sagano Line, Nara Line, Kintetsu Kyoto Line, Karasuma Line|Kyoto Subway Karasuma Line
Shin-Osaka 新大阪 Yodogawa-ku, Osaka Sanyo Shinkansen, JR Kyoto Line, Osaka Subway Midosuji Line

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