In 1965, the Tokaido Line shinkansen (bullet) trains were the first to have coin operated public phones. This was just one year after the shinkansen trains started carrying passengers. Soon the shinkansen trains on all lines had this amenity. Like other pay phones in Japan, this is coming to an end. Beginning June 7th, Japan Railways will be removing pay phones from individual trains and expect to have all pay phones removed by June 30th. Ha! I didn't even know the shinkansen trains had pay phones! Pay phones will still be available at Shinkansen stations. Are there pay phones on trains or in train stations where you live?