NOZOMI

Nozomi Shinkansen is the fastest of all the Shinkansen services. The Nozomi travels at up to 300Km/h and does Tokyo Osaka in 2.5 hours.

Nozomi (のぞみ) is the fastest train service running on the Tōkaidō/Sanyō Shinkansen. Along the stretch between Shin-Kobe and Hakata, Nozomi services using 500 series and N700 series equipment reach speeds of 300 km/h (186 mph). The trip between Tokyo Osaka, a distance of 515 kilometres, takes only 2.5 hours on the Nozomi.

Nozomi N700 Shinkansen
Nozomi N700 Shinkansen

The 300 Series Shinkansen, 500 Series Shinkansen, 700 Series Shinkansen, and N700 Series Shinkansen are presently used for Nozomi services. The latest, the N700, was introduced on Nozomi services on July 1, 2007, with four daily round-trip runs. It is projected that all through Nozomi services (i.e. Tokyo-Hakata) will be operated by N700 trains by 2009, and all regularly-scheduled Nozomi services will be operated by N700 trains by 2011.

The trains stop at slightly fewer stations than the Hikari trains. On the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Nozomi trains stop at Tokyo Station, Nagoya Station, Kyoto Station, and Shin-Osaka Station. On the Sanyō line, all Nozomi trains stop at Shin-Kobe Station, Okayama Station, Hiroshima Station, Kokura Station, and
Hakata Station. Certain Nozomi trains stop at additional stations as well. The Nozomi is the only JR daytime train service not covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

The word Nozomi in Japanese means "hope" or "wish". It was selected since something faster than the existing services Hikari, "light, ray", and Kodama, "echo", was needed.

Nozomi began service on March 14, 1992.

Nozomi Formation N700 series

(All cars no-smoking, except for smoking compartments located in cars 3, 7, 10, and 15)

←Hakata Tokyo→
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
NR NR NR R R R R G G G R R R R R R
  • G: Green car (first class) (reserved seating)
  • R: Standard class reserved seating
  • NR: Standard class non-reserved seating

Nozomi Formation 300/500/700 series

 

←Hakata Tokyo→
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
NS NS S NS NS NS NS NS NS S NS NS NS NS S S
NR NR NR R R R R G G G R R R R R R
  • G: Green car (first class) (reserved seating)
  • R: Standard class reserved seating
  • NR: Standard class non-reserved seating
  • NS: Non-smoking seats
  • S: Smoking seats

Nozomi Stopping Patterns

Data as of March 2009

Station Distance (km)
(from Tokyo)
Tokyo - Hakata1 Tokyo-
Shin-Osaka
2
Nagoya - Hakata
Tokyo 0.0
(Ex. 99)
Shinagawa 6.8
Shin-Yokohama 25.5
Nagoya 342.0
(Ex. 600, 601)
Kyoto 476.3
(Ex. 600, 601)
Shin-Osaka 515.4
Shin-Kobe 548.0
Nishi-Akashi 570.2
(100)
Himeji 601.3
Okayama 676.3
Fukuyama 733.1
Hiroshima 821.2
Tokuyama 903.5
Shin-Yamaguchi 944.6
Kokura 1013.2
Hakata 1069.1

Key
● All trains stop
○ Some trains stop
△ Few trains stop
▬ No trains stop/Service does not run here
(###) Train numbers included in/excluded from table
1 Some trains begin/terminate in Nishi-Akashi, Himeji, Okayama or Hiroshima.
2 Some trains begin/terminate in Nagoya.

Note: Basic Nozomi stopping patterns are shown. Additional Nozomi trains with differing stopping patterns are added during holiday and high-peak travel periods, and are not included in this table.

(Article based on Wikipedia article and used under the GNU Free Documentation License)

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