Improved Schedule for Tokaido Shinkansen ‘Hikari’ and Increased ‘Kodama’ Services

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JR Central has announced that it will improve the Tokaido Shinkansen ‘Hikari’ train intervals along with increasing the number of ‘Kodama’ trains in the new timetable scheduled for March 16, 2024.

The departure time for the ‘Hikari’ service leaving Tokyo Station at 9:30 PM will be moved up by 24 minutes, changing the departure to 9:06 PM. Additionally, after 6:00 PM, one ‘Hikari’ service will make new stops at each of the Shizuoka, Hamamatsu, and Toyohashi stations.

As a result, the interval between ‘Hikari’ services after 6:00 PM will be reduced from a maximum of 1 hour and 18 minutes to 57 minutes at both Shizuoka and Hamamatsu stations, and from a maximum of 2 hours and 57 minutes to 1 hour and 39 minutes at Toyohashi station.

Furthermore, the Kodama train originating from Shizuoka station will now start at Mishima station, with starting times at Mishima and Shin-Fuji stations moved up by about 40 minutes. Passengers transferring to ‘Hikari No. 533’ at Shizuoka station can arrive at Shin-Osaka station by 8:13 AM, which is 1 hour and 14 minutes earlier than the current schedule. By advancing the ‘Kodama No. 763’ departure from Shizuoka station by 5 minutes and transferring to ‘Nozomi No. 273’ at Nagoya station, passengers can reach Shin-Osaka station by 7:54 AM—15 minutes earlier than currently possible.

During the morning rush hour, the ‘Kodama No. 818’ will change from departing from Mishima station to departing from Hamamatsu station, and ‘Kodama No. 820’ that currently departs from Shizuoka station will start at Mishima station.

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