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“Loved it - 300 km per hr” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tokaido Shinkansen

Tokaido Shinkansen
| Between JR Tokyo Station and JR Shin-osaka Station, Japan
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Ranked #9 of 14,956 Attractions in Japan
Type: Public Transportation Systems, Other
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London, United Kingdom
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“Loved it - 300 km per hr”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013 via mobile

Great way to travel. Be sure to confirm tickets for the seats you want days before travel.

Green car was nice - uncrowded luxury.

Would recommend this to anyone. The Japanese do train travel so well.

Visited April 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Perfect way to get between Tokyo and Kyoto”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

The trains are on time, the seats are comfortable, it's easy to purchase tickets, the staff is helpful, and the ride is smooth on the Shinkansen. I'd recommend buying a bento box and a beer at the train station right before you board (and you don't need to get there too early before your train) and enjoying it on your trip. Two small warnings: first, the ride is not very scenic. You'll see some mountains and open grassland, but by and large you'll be zipping through small towns that all look the same. (You can briefly see Mt. Fuji on a clear day if you look to the north, but look quick!) Second - make sure you are on the right train! They run so often and on a compressed schedule that you may make the mistake of getting on an earlier train.

Visited March 2013
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Florence, Italy
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“No longer the world's fastest, but probably the most reliable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Since much time Japan has no longer the exclusive of high-speed rail, so the experience of it can be more thoughtful. Compared to Italian and French HSR (the only ones of which I have experience) I see the following differences:
- Maximum commercial speed a bit lower (270 km/h against 300 or even 320)
- Exceptionally precise indication of the exact points of access to your coach
- Greater distribution of the benefits of HSR in the territories, thanks to the co-existence of Shinkansen with very few stops (Nozomi) and Shinkansen with more stops
- Revolving seats, always arranged in the direction of travel (which is not possible for example in Italy, because there are some stations where the train reverses). That gives great comfort to the ride, and also allows wider space between rows of seats.

Visited July 2012
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Semarang, Indonesia
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“Sorry but not Perfect anymore”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

This train service was a luxurious land travel experience and was a marvel even compared to the TGV. But if you have taken the Shanghai maglev and Beijing bullet trains, it is not as perfect anymore. We took it recently from Tokyo and Nagano and we found the train to be super packed with people having to stand up in between cars. Not much space to put in our luggage and the speed is of course slow compared to the maglev. We found the Narita express train to be a better transport and understandable since it is newer.

Visited January 2013
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Myersville, Maryland
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“All trains should be like this”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Took this train using a Japan Rail Pass from Shin-Yokohama to Kyoto and back while on vacation and was amazed how fast and quiet it was. We had reserved seats (not hard to get by using the JR ticketing office at the station - no extra cost with the Rail Pass and can be done virtually at the last minute) so we didn't have to worry about seat availability. Check the "Japan Rail Pass" website for particulars on obtaining/using the pass. The trains run regularly between major cities, though some cities have the "Shin" stations separate from the main stations because of the tracks the Shinkansen operate on, and you may have to take a connecting regular train to get into the city. We took the "Hikari", which are the moderately fast Shinkansen and for which the JR Pass is usable - they still go more than 125 mph and ride very smoothly. There is food service on the train; polite and efficient girls push carts with snacks and drinks for sale up and down the train cars (note how they bow to the occupants when they enter and leave each train car), and there are smoking areas on the train though not smoking cars. Restrooms are located about every other car, and are super clean. Each passenger's seat has a drop down tray in front of it to eat or work off of, and imprinted on the underside of the tray is a diagram of what car you are in, the relationship to the front of the train, and where the restrooms (Western and Japanese style) are located. There are overhead racks large enough to put your average roll-around luggage pieces. At the stations where you board your train, there are markings on the platform edges that denote the car number, and if you have a reserved seat in car number 10 for example, just look for the number 10 on the platform and Shinkansen car #10 will stop exactly there. The arrival/departure times of the Shinkansen are literally within seconds of the scheduled times, so if you are as much as a minute late you will miss your train. If you do not have a JR Pass, the ride can be expensive, and the down side of riding this train is that if you want to take photos of some of the amazing scenery, you will not be able to due to the speed you are moving.

Visited December 2012
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