So I know some of you have to take the bullet train to get from A to B, but those who haven`t incorporated it into their plan, make sure you change your plans. The bullet train (shinkansen) is amazing in Japan. They are some of the fastest in the world, and also the safest. They`ve never had a major accident due to mechanical related reasons. That`s amazing. Some benefits of taking the bullet trains are...
-if you have a JR pass, you can ride on it for free
-it`s way more relaxing than a plane (you have bigger seats, you can walk around, there`s smoking rooms, phones, vending machines, you name it)
-it might be faster than a plane in some situations (for example going from Tokyo to Osaka, yes the plane is technically faster, as the flight time is only an hour. But when you take into consideration going to the airport, checking in, going through the metal detectors, waiting to get on the plane, waiting to get off the plane, waiting for your bags to come out... you get the picture.)
-it`s so fast and it`s cool!
The shinkansens are operated by JR.
Theses are the lines.
Tokaido Shinansen - Connecting Tokyo to Shin-Osaka
Sanyo Shinkansen - Connecting Shin-Osaka to Hakata
Tohoku Shinkansen - Connecting Tokyo to Shin-Aomori
Joetsu Shinkansen - Connecting Omiya to Niigata
Hokuriku Shinkansen - Connecting Takasaki to Kanazawa
Kyushu Shinkansen - Connecting Hakata to Kagoshima-Chuo
Hokkaido Shinaknsen - Connecting Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto
The Tokaido Shinkansen line has 3 different types of trains.
Nozomi- (meaning hope) is the fastest train with the fewest stops (so if you`re taking this train make sure it stops at your stop)
Hikari - (meaning light) is the second fastest train (valid with the JR pass)
Kodama - (meaning echo) is the train that makes the most stops (valid with the JR pass)
The Sanyo Shinaknsen line has 5 different types of trains
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The Shinkansen Bullet Train (speed 320 km/h) 700, N700 and N700A Series.
The Shinkansen (新幹線?, new trunk line) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways Group companies. Starting with the Tōkaidō Shinkansen (515.4 km) in 1964, the network has expanded to currently consist of 2,387.7 km (1,483.6 mi) of lines with maximum speeds of 240–320 km/h (150–200 mph), 283.5 km (176.2 mi) of Mini-shinkansen lines with a maximum speed of 130 km/h (80 mph), and 10.3 km (6.4 mi) of spur lines with Shinkansen services. The network presently links most major cities on the islands of Honshu and Kyushu, with construction of a link to the northern island of Hokkaido underway.