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Jay Idris
Bangi, Malaysia181 contributions
What a great and easy way to get between cities!
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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Murmansk, Russia21,263 contributions
Thanks to JR Pass inexpensive, but not fast. Sometimes...
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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WK Fong
Singapore, Singapore148 contributions
Green Car review of the Sanyo Shinkansen
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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Bristol, UK1,547 contributions
Super speedy
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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Singapore, Singapore1,154 contributions
Fast and quiet!
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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Ed S
London, UK430 contributions
Pretty much perfect!
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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Dhiraj H
Kolkata (Calcutta), India2,252 contributions
No doubt the best( albeit expensive) railways in the world
Apr 2017 • Family
I have earlier reviewed the Tokaido Shinkansen after having made trips on the famed train between Kyoto and Tokyo and back two and a half years back. Recently I have traveled between Tokyo and Hiroshima and back by Nozomi and I have once again been floored by the experience. Whilst Tokaido Shinkansen line operate between Tokyo and Osaka, the Sanyo Shinkansen line operates between Osaka and Fukuoka(a station beyond Hiroshima). We travelled by the Nozomi N700 which is the fastest Shinkansen in the business. Why we choose Nozomi was that we did not have to change train at Osaka. Travel does not come cheap with one way fare around 18,000 yen in the economy class.But you are in Hiroshima( around 700 kms away )in four hours flat. You get a reserved seat with adequate provision to charge your electrical items and store your luggage, jackets, etc. The coaches are super clean. The seats always face the direction of travel( they rotate the seats for the return journey!). The toilets are the best you can expect. Every now and then a person will push a cart carrying drinks and food for sale. There is even a smoking lounge in the train. The conductors are the most polite species you will find in the world and they will bow when entering and leaving the coach. They will not even check your tickets and trouble you. The announcements are also in English and the trains always run before time. The only complaint I have is the lack of free wifi.
Written April 26, 2017
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Smythesdale, Australia138 contributions
Fast and reliable
May 2016 • Couples
Easy to use. English translations everywhere. English announcements everywhere. Much more enjoyable than catching a plane - there is some amazing scenery.
Written May 28, 2016
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Ronnie B
Jerusalem, Israel929 contributions
From Kyoto to Hiroshima in 100 minutes!!!
Mar 2016 • Friends
One of the best experiences I have done in my travels. The Shinkansen train is punctual, clean and is very very fast and smooth. Both the Kyoto and Hiroshima stations are clean and orderly, clearly signed. Hiroshima Station has a very large and modern shopping centre, equipped with many restaurants, unfortunately we fell across a restaurant where not a word of English was spoken by any of the waitresses. We ordered twice as the first order never arrived. After the second order didn't arrive, we left and ate in the well equipped supermarket in the station. Trains arrive on time to the second and you'd better get on immediately as it leaves the moment your butt leaves the conductor's view. Train moves at the speed of 320 km/h. Checked that with a GPS. It's like flying. Notifications about your next stop are displayed in English. Refreshments are on sale during the trip. All you have to do is lean back and enjoy this phenomenal ride.
Written April 18, 2016
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South Jordan, UT48 contributions
My absalute favorite way to travel
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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