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Shinkansen has 9 lines in Japan. Asakusa has no Shinkansen nor any JR station but JR Ueno station (both local trains and Shinkansens) is within 15 - 20 minutes walk or Tokyo Metro short rides away.
Hokkaido Shinkansen : (Tokyo - Ueno - Omiya - Sendai - Morioka - ShinAomori - ShinHakodateHokuto)
Tohoku Shinkansen : (Tokyo - Ueno - Omiya - Fukushima - Sendai - Morioka - Hachinohe - ShinAomori)
Akita Shinkansen : (Tokyo - Ueno - Omiya - Fukushima - Sendai - Morioka - Tazawako - Akita)
Yamagata Shinkansen : (Tokyo - Ueno - Omiya - Fukushima - Yamagata - Shinjo)
Joetsu (Jouetsu) Shinkansen : (Tokyo - Ueno - Omiya - Takasaki - EchigoYuzawa - Nagaoka - Niigata)
Hokuriku Shinkansen : (Tokyo - Ueno - Omiya - Takasaki - Karuizawa - Nagano - Kanazawa)
Tokaido Shinkansen : (Tokyo - Shizuoka - Nagoya - Kyoto - ShinOsaka)
Sanyo Shinkansen : (ShinOsaka - Kobe - Himeji - Okayama - Hiroshima - Kokura - Hakata)
Kyushu Shinkansen : (Hakata - Kumamoto - KagoshimaChuo)
car #16 front of the train bound for Tokyo
Platt Kodama is discount ticket available between Tokyo and ShinOsaka (on Tokaido Shinkansen). It is slower than Hikari, and much slower than Nozomi. Price (including one drink on-board) is listed below for major destination. Tempting to one-hand-with-beer and other-hand-Mt.Fuji experience here in Japan?

Note * means that Nozomi does not stop Shizuoka nor Hamamatsu.

Fare : Kodama < Hikari < Nozomi
Speed : Kodama < Hikari < Nozomi
From Tokyo/Shinagawa to Tsujoki (normal season) Hanboki (peak season)
Adult Non Platt Price Adult Non Platt Price
Shizuoka * 4,700yen 6,350yen 5,600yen 6,550yen
Hamamatsu * 6,600yen 8,290yen 7,700yen 8,490yen
Nagoya 8,300yen 10,880yen 9,500yen 11,080yen
Kyoto 10,300yen 13,600yen 11,600yen 13,800yen
ShinOsaka 10,500yen 14,140yen 12,000yen 14,340yen
 Child : bit more than half price of Adult
JR peak season (high travel season) is .......

March 21st - April 5th
April 27th - May 6th
August 11th - August 20th
December 28th - January 6th

....... but Platt Kodama has different high travel season which is .......

Golden Week Holiday (around early-May)
Obon Holiday (around mid-Auguat)

Time table for Kodama (slowest Shinkansen) can be found at the followings.

HyperDia : Digital time table, route and fare search
JapanTransitPlanner : Time table, route and fare

There is also Green Car (1st class) Platt Kodama discount ticket available. Would you prefer Slow 1st Class? or Fast 2nd Class?

On the other hand, there is two-seater (1-aisle-1) and three-seater (1-aisle-2) special luxury highway bus between Tokyo and Kyoto/Osaka. It is called COCOON and REBORN on which you may get nice sleep in the night bus.

One more tip. Faster than Shinkansen is LCC (Low Cost Carrier), SKYMARK has imatoku and maewari fare for Tokyo - Kobe route. Not exactly Tokyo but Ibaraki - Kobe can be as low as JPY6,000-ish one way. More information for Budget Cheap Airlines. Bus? or Train? or Airplane? This page (in the bottom area) has some comparison chart.
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