Sanyo Shinkansen
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born2travelit
Cesena, Italy17,067 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
we simply love shinkansen! these fast trains are amazing and comfortables and clean and everything good you can say about them BUT too expensive! come on, do something to decrease the prices please!!!!
Written September 29, 2014
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Jay Idris
Bangi, Malaysia181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Travelling on the Shinkansen avoids the lengthy and complicated procedure of air travel such as having to arrive early to check in baggage, and go through security screening. What you need to do is simply buy a ticket and choose your seat and then wait on the correct platform and step on board.

I boarded the Nozomi Shinkansen train in Hiroshima at 14:53 and expected to arrive at Shin Yokohama station at 18:34. Yes! Train arrived sharp on time. The Nozomi category meant that it was the fastest of the three train types and wouldn’t stop at any stations other than major ones.

The seat tray tables were large and sturdy which was great for holding a laptop as well as a meal.

Some food and snacks are available on board which are reasonably priced and the staff are friendly and helpful.

In all of my travels, this was definitely the easiest, most convenient and most comfortable way to get between two cities. I highly recommend taking the Shinkansen should you go to Japan!

However, it is more expensive than a plane.
Written October 23, 2019
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WK Fong
Singapore, Singapore160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
I made 2 round trips from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima during my visit to Japan in Feb 2019, using the JR Green Car Pass.
What I realised the difference between Sanyo Shinkansen, Sakura trains is that the seating. When compared to the Tokaido Shinkansen, Green Cars are 2+2, while Ordinary Cars are 3+2 (for both reserved and non-reserved). But on the Sakura trains running on the Sanyo Shinkansen, the Green Cars (only occupy half a car) have seating arrangement of 2+2, Ordinary Cars, Reserved seating 2+2, and non-reserved Ordinary cars are 3+2.

The differences I noticed between the Green Cars and Reserved Ordinary Cars are: 1) Green Cars have electric seat recline, 2) power supply for each seat, 3) electric leg rest, 4) seat warmer.

Similar to Tokaido Shinkansen, the on-board staff will give you a refreshment towel after the train started to depart.
Written March 11, 2019
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krocchi
Singapore, Singapore1,430 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
Was my first time taking a shinkansen and it wasn't what I was expecting. The seats were spacious and clean. Really impressed with how the Japanese take good care of their trains. Their service was really good too.
Written September 1, 2018
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GPz1100F1
South Jordan, UT48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
I have taken the Sanyo Hikari Superexpress Shinkansen many times over the course of the past 14 years, most of my trips have been between Tokyo and Hiroshima or Shin-Osaka, I normally arrive in Japan with a JR Rail pass which is a bargain for those that intend to travel by Shinkansen a few times during their stay.
The times that I have ridden this train I have never experienced any sort of delay or fault and the experience has always been 100% consistent, in fact this consistent to perfection.
The ride is quiet and smooth, maybe even more so than a passenger airliner in most instances with the loudest noise being the passing of another train traveling the opposite direction which takes seconds.
You can travel without assigned seating or in a smoking car, normally the ticket agent will automatically assign foreign passengers a seat assignment in a no-smoking car, the regular car is very comfortable with 2+3 seating and much more legroom than an airliner, once you hit Shin-Osaka and transfer to the new Sakura line (replaced the Rail Star) the seating is 2+2 and even more comfortable.
The new N700 train car sets travel at speeds up to about 180mph making the scenery blow by at a dizzying pace, it's best to look out toward the distance and notice how quickly the whole entire scenery view changes.

Normally I would suggest that regular folks save their money and just purchase a regular JR pass (or seats) when traveling on the Sanyo line, there is little benefit to spending the extra for the Green Car, however, in the holiday seasons I would highly recommend that you do get the green car pass as it may very make the difference between you getting a seat or not.
Onboard there is a hostess that pushes a cart down the isle full of refreshments, snacks and even small meals for sale, it is amazing the selection they pack into that tiny little cart, but even still the offerings are limited and it is totally acceptable to bring your own items onboard with you, remember to be polite and avoid smelly foods.
Written December 9, 2015
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nesamoolian
125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
With a Japan rail pass these are great value to get around.
Do not be overwhelmed with the language, all the staff are really helpful at the stations. You can reserve seats and be assured it's all taken care off.
Even most local trains are covered by the pass and the inner city ones not covered are really cheap.
A brilliant experience.
Can not recommend enough.
Written October 24, 2015
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Nim L
Melbourne, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
Travelling by shinkansen was a great experience. We bought a reserved seat in Green Car which has so much leg room and very comfortable than travelling by air. There's a food cart keeps coming back and forth so you will not thirsty nor hungry on your way to your destination. The train leaves exactly on the dot when it is scheduled and people in the station is very helpful if you are lost and wanted to know where you will board your train. Train has so much space for your luggage in addition to overhead rack for your hand carry. Tokyo to Kyoto journey felt like so quick. Highly recommended if you will be in Japan and wanted to experience high technology fast train.
Written February 11, 2015
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,913 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
Shinkansen in Japan is very convenient but expensive. The only way to buy a JR Pass. The Sagno line was the most problematic for us in July 2018. First, a terrible flood that claimed more than 200 lives blocked Shinkansen. Well, of course, floods are rare - bad luck. We didn't expect anything bad on the way back. And indeed from Fukuoka (Hakata station) to Hiroshima everything was fine. However, we learned the next day that Shinkansen can be stopped not only because of rare floods, but also because of suicides. Quite frequent in Japan, by the way. On railway tracks. We`re waiting in Okayama for two hours while the police dealt with the suicide, The section between Okayama and Himeji was blocked, so we took the local train, because the suicide happened on the Shinkansen tracks, and the local trains run on other tracks/ We arrived in Osaka late in the evening. All plans were crashed... Here's a quick Shinkansen...
Written April 28, 2019
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Wombling_Free_7548
Bristol, UK2,079 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
The trains are punctual and of course very fast. Despite the speed, the ride is very smooth. It’s fine to eat and drink on board - we brought our own food onto the train but a trolley does come down the aisle if not too busy.

There are power sockets at the seats which is handy. The luggage racks above the seat will hold medium / large suitcases. There is lots of legroom so plenty of room for smaller suitcases / bags to go in front of you.

The trains don’t hang around for long at the stations so get ready to get off when it is time for your stop.

It is worth reserving seats in advance if you can. We didn’t for our trip from Hiroshima to Osaka and had to stand for half the way.

If you have a JR Rail pass, the trains are great value. Plus they are easy to use.
Written November 15, 2018
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Ed Scott
London, UK448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
Clean, fast, punctual! The smallest of issues was there was no wifi but who cares? It was so comfortable and enjoyable it wasn't an issue!
Written August 4, 2018
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