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.
- 0.1 Hello Kitty Shinkansen service information
- 0.2 Stop station and driving time
- 0.3 About Hello Kitty Shinkansen Fares
- 1 List of fares and express fares for major sections
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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.
— トイプードル・プやん (@nagaoyoshio) March 16, 2019
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|
— ふなっしーデコ師 岡島舞香 (@hiroshi47132238) July 13, 2018
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|
|From Himeji||Unreserved seat||Reserved seat|
|From Okayama||Unreserved seat||Reserved seat|
|From Hiroshima||Unreserved seat||Reserved seat|
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.