Hello Kitty Shinkansen(bullet train) Ride Guide/How to Reserve Fees and Tickets

The 500 Series Shinkansen was once a famous car that served as the Nozomi linking Tokyo and Hakata, and is still operating as the Kodama between Shin-Osaka and Hakata in 2019.

Among these 500 series Shinkansens, the “Hello Kitty Shinkansen” is gaining attention as a standout!

Previously, we collaborated with Evangelion, but the next step was the Hello Kitty Shinkansen, which pursued cuteness. Lol

This time, I will explain how to get on the Hello Kitty Shinkansen, how to purchase a ticket, etc.

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Hello Kitty Shinkansen service information

The Hello Kitty Shinkansen runs a day as Kodama, which stops at Sanyo Shinkansen (between Shin-Osaka and Hakata) stations.

They operate almost every day, but be aware that there are days when we do not operate a few days a month.

The train is an eight-car train, and the unreserved seats are No. 2 and No. 3 from Hakata, and No. 7 and No. 8 from Shin-Osaka.

The reserved seats are Cars 4 to 6 in the center of the train, and Car 1 from Hakata is a product sales and exhibition space.

* Green car is not attached.

Stop station and driving time

The  stops at all stations, and stops at all stations between Shin-Osaka and Hakata.

The stop stations and train operation times are as follows.

Kodama 730 / Shin-Osaka
Hakata departure at 6:42
Kokura departure at 6:59
Shin Shimonoseki departure at 7:11
Asa departure at 7:21
Shin Yamaguchi departure at 7:31
Tokuyama departure at 7:45
Shin-Iwakuni departure at 7:58
Hiroshima departure at 8:13
Higashi Hiroshima departure at 8:37
Shin Onomichi departure at 8:48
Mihara departure at 8:58
Fukuyama departure at 9:20
Shin Kurashiki departure at 9:38
Okayama departure at 9:57
Aioi departure at 10:23
Himeji departure at 10:39
Nishiakashi departure at 10:50
Shin Kobe departure at 10:59
Shin-Osaka departure at 11:13
Kodama 741 / bound for Hakata
Shin-Osaka departure at 11:29
Shin Kobe departure at 11:42
Nishi-Akashi departure at 11:51
Himeji departure at 12:07
Aioi departure at 12:15
Okayama departure at 12:38
Shin Kurashiki departure at 12:48
Fukuyama departure at 12:59
Shin Onomichi departure at 13:11
Mihara departure at 13:24
Higashi Hiroshima departure at 13:43
Hiroshima departure at 13:55
Shin-Iwakuni departure at 14:09
Tokuyama departure at 14:27
Shin Yamaguchi departure at 14:41
Asa departure at 14:57
Shin Shimonoseki departure at 15:12
Kokura departure at 15:21
Hakata departure at 15:38

About Hello Kitty Shinkansen Fares

The Hello Kitty Shinkansen, like other Shinkansen trains, has unreserved and reserved seats, so you can get on by purchasing a ticket for the section you are boarding.

In addition to the ticket for the boarding section, purchase an unreserved seat express ticket or a reserved seat express ticket.

In the case of an unreserved seat express ticket, you can purchase it on the day because the train is not specified, but you may not be able to sit on the seat when it is crowded.

Tickets can be purchased at 10:00 a.m one month before the boarding date, at the ticket counter or ticket vending machines.

List of fares and express fares for major sections

The fares for the main sections are as follows. Reserved seats will be charged during the normal season at +200 yen during busy season and -200 yen during off season.

* The lower part is a breakdown of fare ticket + express fare.

From Shin-Osaka Unreserved seat Reserved seat
Himeji 3,220yen
1,490+1,730
3,740yen
1,490+2,250
Okayama 5,500yen
3,020+2,480
6,020yen
3,020+3,000
Hiroshima 9,710yen
5,620+4,090
10,230yen
5,620+4,610
Shin Yamaguchi 12,100yen
7,560+4,540
12,620yen
7,560+5,060
Hakata 14,480yen
9,610+4,870
15,000yen
9,610+5,390

From Himeji Unreserved seat Reserved seat
Shin Kobe 2,700yen
970+1,730
3,220yen
970+2,250
Okayama 3,220yen
1,490+1,730
3,740yen
1,490+2,250
Hiroshima 7,770yen
4,430+3,340
8,290yen
4,430+3,860
Shin Yamaguchi 10,570yen
6,480+4,090
11,090yen
6,480+4,610
Hakata 13,290yen
8,420+4,870
13,810yen
8,420+5,390

From Okayama Unreserved seat Reserved seat
Shin Kobe 5,070yen
2,590+2,480
5,590yen
2,590+3,000
Hiroshima 5,500yen
3,020+2,480
6,020yen
3,020+3,000
Shin Yamaguchi 8,420yen
5,080+3,340
8,940yen
5,080+3,860
Hakata 11,880yen
7,340+4,540
12,400yen
7,340+5,060

From Hiroshima Unreserved seat Reserved seat
Shin Kobe 9,490yen
5,400+4,090
10,010yen
5,400+4,610
Shin Yamaguchi 4,750yen
2,270+2,480
5,270yen
2,270+3,000
Hakata 8,420yen
5,080+3,340
9,150yen
5,080+4,070

In-car guidance

The first car is a space where you can buy Hello Kitty’s Goods and take a photo.

There is also a commemorative board with the date, so if you wish the crew will take a commemorative photo.

The unreserved seats of Car 2 have been upgraded to Hello Kitty specifications.

The reserved seats seemed full, but the unreserved seats were relatively vacant.

It seems that few people pass through Hakata-Shin-Osaka because “Kodama” stops at each station.

Car 2 has a large Hello Kitty on display, which is also a recommended place for a commemorative photo.

On the right side is a space for large luggage such as suitcases.

Unreserved seats are arranged in three rows and two rows.

However, unlike the N700 Shinkansen, there is no outlet.

By the way, reserved seats have a spacious two-row + two-row seating arrangement!

Hello Kitty was drawn on the shade of the shade.

There were more foreign tourists more than I expected, and many people were taking photos.

For short-distance use, we recommend the unreserved seat of Car 2 near Car 1!

Conclusion: the same as a regular Shinkansen!

The Hello Kitty Shinkansen is operated as the Kodama of the Sanyo Shinkansen, and operates one round trip between Shin-Osaka and Hakata once a day.

As with regular Shinkansen, you can get on a ticket by purchasing a ticket and an express ticket, and there are also unreserved seats so you can get on an unreserved express ticket!

Reserved seats are often filled up early, so if you buy reserved seats, make sure to book early.

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