Travelling Just Got Cuter With Japan’s Hello Kitty Themed Shinkansen Train!

All aboard, Hello Kitty fans!

Japan Railway Co. and Sanrio have launched what may just be the cutest train in all of history – a Hello Kitty themed Shinkansen bullet train! All decked out in bright pink and purple Hello Kitty gear, fans of the Sanrio character are definitely in for a treat!

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hello kitty shinkansen japan

In case you didn’t know, the Shinkansen line of bullet trains are considered to be the fastest in Japan. That said, you can expect this Hello Kitty-adorned train to be no different – just a whole lot cuter! In addition to its charming design, guests will also be greeted with no other than Conductor Hello Kitty herself upon entering the train!

As a cherry on top to this uber cute experience, travelers will also receive special Hello Kitty freebies such as towels, handbags, and stickers!

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The Hello Kitty Shinkansen train will be operational starting June 30th until September 30, 2018 only. Since it is on a limited run, the Hello Kitty Shinkansen will operate only once a day, unless stated otherwise. For now, only those traveling between Shin-Osaka and Hakata will be able to avail of this uniquely themed bullet train, but stay tuned for future updates!

In case you’re traveling to other Japan regions, we’ve got JR Passes for all your travels, too!

Need more Hello Kitty?

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If this Hello Kitty themed train isn’t enough to curb your obsession, you can travel to Tokyo and visit Tokyo Sanrio Puroland! Apart from Hello Kitty, you’ll also meet a bunch of other Sanrio characters here, too!

Choosing The Right JR Pass For Your Travels In Japan

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Heading to Japan soon but still clueless about which Japan Rail (JR) Pass to get? Fret not, we’ve consolidated ALL the information needed to make an informed decision for choosing the right JR Pass, saving you the hassle of scouring through the net.

Discover the different types of JR Passes and choose the most suitable pass for your upcoming Japan adventure!

What are the different types of JR Passes Available?

Green vs Ordinary Passes

Think economy vs business class for airplane flights. The Green Pass gives you access to the Green Car, which is equivalent to business class for airplane flights. Some of these added advantages include:

  • Spacious seats that recline and more legroom
  • Hot/cold towel before boarding
  • Extra storage space
  • Seat reservation

If you don’t mind paying more for the extra legroom and luggage space, you can choose to pamper yourself with the Green Passes! For Green Passes, seat reservation is required to be made at the JR Pass office before every train ride. Prices for Green and Ordinary Passes vary, so do check before you book.

Choice of 7, 14 & 21 Days

You can choose the duration of the JR Pass based on the number of days you’ll be travelling in Japan. For Whole Japan JR Passes, there are 7, 14 & 21 days passes available and you’ll enjoy unlimited travel during the validity period. Since there is no option to split the duration of travel, once the pass is activated, the clock starts!

Whole Japan vs Regional JR Passes

With more than 20 variations of JR Passes to choose from, the first step is knowing which areas of Japan you’d like to cover.

The Whole Japan Rail Pass allows you to thoroughly explore the whole of Japan with unlimited train rides in-between cities and within cities, with consecutive 7, 14, and 21 days passes to choose from. This pass would be perfect if you’re planning to explore Japan without staying in one specific region, since it provides the greatest flexibility in hitting all the best spots in Japan!

However, if you plan your route well and know the specific regions that you’d like to cover, choosing the regional passes would definitely be more cost-effective. Also, certain regional passes have non-consecutive day passes so you can travel slower, and take your time exploring each city.

Klook tips on city specific passes in Japan

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Types of Regional JR Passes

If the cities you’re planning to go to fall under one Regional JR Pass, that JR Pass would be the best fit for your travels in Japan! Otherwise, consider getting the Whole Japan JR Pass as it allows greater flexibility travelling around the different regions in Japan.

Central Japan

Source: Japan Rail Pass

5 Day JR Takayama-Hokuriku Area Pass

Source: Japan Rail Pass

5 Day JR Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Pass

  • Popular cities: Osaka, Nagoya, Ise, Wakayama and Shirahama

Source: Japan Rail Pass

5 Day JR Alpine-Takayama-Matsumoto Area Pass

  • Popular Cities: Nagoya, Takayama, Matsumoto, Toyama

Source: Japan Rail Pass

3 Day Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Area Pass Mini

  • Enjoy unlimited travel within Shizuoka Prefecture and get a chance to see the famous Mt. Fuji up close!

East Japan

JR East Pass (Nagano/Niigata Area)

  • Popular Cities: Tokyo, Nagano, Niigata and Karuizawa

JR East Pass (Tohoku Area)

  • Popular Cities: Tokyo, Aomori, Hirosaki, Yamagata, Fukushima and Sendai

West Japan


4 Day JR Hokuriku Area Pass

  • Popular Cities: Kanazawa, Kurobe, Fukui and Awara Onsen

Source: Japan Rail Pass

7 Day JR Hokuriku Arch Pass

  • Popular Cities: Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hokuriku

7 Day JR Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass

  • Popular Cities: Osaka, Kyoto, Okayama, Kanazawa, and Toyama
    You get access to major cities in the Kansai and Hokuriku region!

4 Day JR San’in Okayama Area Pass

  • Popular Cities: Okayama, Kurashiki, Tsuyama and Takahashi


5 Day JR Hiroshima Yamaguchi Area Pass

  • Popular Cities: Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Hakata, Miyajima and Onomichi

Source: West JR

5 Day JR Okayama-Hiroshima-Yamaguchi Area Pass

  • Popular Cities: Hakata, Yamaguchi, Hiroshima, Okayama and Takamatsu

Source: Japan Guide

5 Day JR Setouchi Area Pass

  • Popular Cities: Osaka, Kyoto, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi and Fukuoka


Source: Japan Guide

3 Day JR Hokkaido Rail Pass
5 Day JR Hokkaido Rail Pass
7 Day JR Hokkaido Rail Pass

  • Enjoy unlimited travels to major cities in Hokkaido via JR Hokkaido Limited Express/Express, local trains and buses. These passes are valid for consecutive days within the validity period.
  • Why not check out our Hokkaido food guide for the best delicacies to feast on while you’re there.

Flexible JR Hokkaido Rail Pass

  • Unlimited travels to major cities in Hokkaido via JR Hokkaido Limited Express/Express, local trains and buses for 4 flexible days within a 10 days window period.

Flexible 6 Day JR East-South Hokkaido Rail Pass

  • Take rides on all Shinkansen in the area between Tokyo and Sapporo. The easiest and fastest way to explore the Tohoku and Southern Hokkaido regions with unlimited travels for any 6 days within a 14 days window period.


JR-West Kansai Rail Pass

5 Day JR Kansai WIDE Area Pass

  • Popular Cities: Osaka, Kyoto, Okayama, Nara and Kobe
    Explores a wider range of the Kansai region, including Okayama!

5 Day JR Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass

  • Unlimited travels to major cities in Kansai and Hiroshima!


Source: Japan Rail Pass

JR North-Kyushu Rail Pass (Japan Pick Up)

  • Popular Cities: Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Oita

Source: Japan Rail Pass

JR Kyushu Rail Pass

  • Popular Cities: Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Oita, Kagoshima and Miyazaki


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JR All Shikoku Rail Pass

  • Popular Cities: Tokushima, Kotohira, Matsuyama, Kochi, and Tokushima

How to Book Your JR Pass Tickets

Now that you’ve decided on the JR Pass most suitable for your trip, the next step would be purchasing them!

On the Klook site/app, the JR pass booking page allows you to filter the passes via the different locations, hence making it easier for you to compare the prices between passes. You’ll also be able to filter via your JR Pass pick-up location, and the number of days you require for you JR Pass.

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With the Klook website and app, booking your JR Pass is seamless and easy, with the lowest price guaranteed! For a step-by-step guide on buying your JR Pass through Klook, hop over to All You Need To Know About The Japan Rail Pass.