Explore Central Japan – Using the Tokaido Shinkansen to Reach Nagoya & Beyond!
  • Explore Central Japan – Using the Tokaido Shinkansen to Reach Nagoya & Beyond!


    Running from Tokyo to Osaka, the Tokaido Shinkasen is one Japan’s main shinkansen lines – connecting those to cities to other major destinations including Kyoto and Nagoya. Located in Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya lies within the Chubu region and as such, is one of the major access points for exploring Central Japan.


    Our ‘Tokaido Shinkansen’ page provides information about the line, major stations and the services that run on it including the daily Tokaido timetable.


    For international visitors using the Japan Rail (JR) Pass, it is worth nothing that the Nozomi service is not covered however you can use both the Hikari and Kodama services as you move from stations along the line.


    Once in Nagoya, visitors will discover one of Japan’s great urban centres; a city that blends modern industry with a rich history and a great food scene.


    Our ‘25 Things to Do in & Around Nagoya’ page lists some of the highlights waiting to be discovered in the city or nearby. Given the efficiency of the transport network in Japan, using Nagoya Station as your launching point from where to explore Central Japan opens-up lots of great destinations.


    From August 20th onward, many shinkansen tickets will be discounted by 50% – an offer which also applies to the Hokuriku Shinkansen and Joetsu Shinkansen lines, and is expected to run until at least the end of March 2021. To take advantage of this offer, you simply need to register through Japan Rail East’s website and follow the directions to book and collect your tickets.


    So time to get planning! For our friends overseas, discounted shinkansen tickets are expected to continue until next year. While the borders remained closed at this time, we hope that you will also be able to take advantage of the discounted travel and return to Japan as soon as possible.


    This information is provided as part of our ‘Clean Green & Healthy’ campaign, allowing you to plan and book your future travel to Japan with peace of mind.


    Blessed with some of Japan’s most pristine and beautiful natural landscapes, Central Japan is the perfect place to escape the congestion of the city and the worries of daily life, and get back to your true nature.

    Snow Monkey Resorts: Nagano’s No.1 tour and charter operator

    When planning and booking your trip to Central Japan, it’s important that you can do so with confidence that your intended destinations will be both enjoyable and safe.


    As Nagano’s No.1-rated tour and charter operator, we offer a range of services including group tours, private tours and private charters to help you get the most out of your time in the region.


    We can arrange transport to and from any destination in the region, with a customised itinerary to suit your travel needs. Our drivers and vehicles are fully certified, allowing us to transport you to and from any destination.


    Vehicles are fitted with a protective screen – separating the driver from passenger and luggage area – and our drivers wear protective masks, allowing you to move between your destinations in comfort and safety.


    We can arrange both private tours with an English-speaking guide or a private charter, including a private vehicle and driver but without a guide. We’d love to be part of that experience and help you discover even more!

    Why choose us?

    Awarded a 2022 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for our 1-Day Snow Monkeys, Zenko-ji Temple & Sake Tour – recognised as one of the Top 10 Experiences in Japan – we have the local knowledge and experience to help you get the most out of your time in Nagano and Central Japan.

    Got a question about visiting Central Japan? Feel free to contact us and let’s get planning together!