Office closure for remote working
Dear Customers,
We would like to announce that our London office is temporarily closing. We will communicate with our customers only via Emails effective as of Saturday 21st March until further notice.

Monday to Friday: 9am to 3pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays: Closed
*Please rest assured, for any Email enquiries received Monday to Friday by 3pm, we will continue to reply the same day as usual.

Basing our response on FCO advice, we will contact all our Japan Package Holiday customers due to travel imminently to advise on your options prior to your departure date.
While we work through this unprecedented situation, we thank you for your continued patience at this difficult time. Please kindly bear with us.
Please stay safe and take care of one another.

With best wishes,
Japan Travel Centre Team

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What is the difference between Nozomi and Hikari?

What is the difference of Nozomi and Hikari?

tipsThe main line which runs from Tokyo to Hakata in Kyushu is referred to as the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen and operates three classes of bullet trains.

The difference between these trains is the number of stations the train stops at. Nozomi stops at only the largest stations, Hikari at large and medium stations and Kodama stops at all stations. Although the JR Pass is not valid for the Nozomi and Mizuho trains, you can use the Hikari and Kodama, Sakura, and Tsubame trains without limitations.

The difference in journey time from Tokyo to Kyoto is about 20 minutes with the Nozomi taking 2 hours and 20 minutes vs 2 hours and 40 minutes with the Hikari. The Mizuho is a new limited-stop shinkansen service which has been operating on the Kyuhu and Sanyo shinkansen lines between Shin-Ōsaka and Kagoshima in Japan as of March 12, 2011.