Indications of station names
All JR stations display station names in both Japanese and
romanized English on their platforms. A given station's name in the top center of the
signboard, in large letters;
the names of the previous station and next staion are at the
bottom of the signboard,
in smalller letters.
Public telephone inside trains
Shinkansen trains are equipped with public telephones that
use prepaid telephone cards, which are available for purchase
aboard trains and at station kiosks.
Reservation= Yoyaku; Travel Service Center=Ryoko Center;
Reservation office=Midori-no-madoguchi; Super express=Shinkansen;
Limited express=Tokkyu; Express=Kyuko; Rapid train=Kaisoku;
Local train=Kakuekiteisha; Ordinary car=Futsusha;
Green car=(superior accommodations)=Green-sha;
Reserved seat=Shiteiseki; Non-reserved seat=Jiyuseki
Traditional checkrooms have almost disappeared throughout
the country. Instead, coin-operated lockers (called "coin-locker"
in Japanese) are popular in major stations. To travel light,
prepare hundred-yen coins.
JR East Infoline
JR provides a convenient telephone infromation service in
English, Korean and Chinese for quick and complete JR information
about train time schedules, the faster JR route from place
to place, locations of reservation offices, and so forth.
10am - 6pm (except during the year-end/new year holiday period)
Seat reservations cannot be accepted
by this telephone service.
Food and drink sales at stations and on trains
Mobile vendors on some Shinkansen, limited express, and other
trains sell “Ekiben” boxed lunches (containing local specialty
Japanese-style foods) as well as snacks and drinks. These
items are also readily available at station kiosks, and many
stations also have a variety of restaurants and vending
Avoid rush hours in the morning and evening
In major cities,avoid traveling during the morning and evening
Customers using wheelchairs
||Wheelchair-accessible seats are
available on most of the Shinkansen and limited express
trains. If you wish to make use of one of these seats,
please contact the station where you plan to board at
least two days in advance (but no earlier than 10:00 am on
the day falling one month before travel).
||Wheelchairs are required to meet certain
conditions concerning size and other characteristics.
Power wheelchairs equipped with steering wheels are not
generally permitted, although they may be used when
certain conditions are satisfied.
||For more information, please contact