I can't help but be amazed with the infrastructure and transportation system Japan has. Everything is perfect. From cleanliness to convenience and being always on time.
The Tokyo Station. A few days back, we were here to enjoy the different food establishments in the area. The Tokyo Ramen Street as it is fondly called. This time around we were back and we were on our way to OSAKA.
Rather than riding a plane or taking an over night bus, we figured to try out the bullet train or the SHINKANSEN. We actually rode this one a couple of days back from a station near Mt, Fuji. This time around, we were going from end to end. Sort of.
There are actually 2 types of seats. One is reserved and another is a free for all. If you are going to travel for a long haul like what we did, I would suggest you get a reserved seating. Usually these are the first few coaches. Granted that its a bit expensive, at least you won't have any problems in getting a seat.
Also, the passengers here know how to line up properly and everything is on time. So I suggest, you be there 20-30 minutes earlier than your train's departure.
One thing I enjoyed about Japanese train stations is that they have different kiosks that sells bento boxes. Aside from that, you could also buy one from a stewardess on board.
It is also quite fascinating to see conductors in perfect uniform guiding the passengers. They actually have a routine in making everything safe and on time that's quite cool to watch.
We arrived in OSAKA almost after 3-4 hours. Compared to riding an overnight bus, this is a perfect time saver.
Here, another journey begins.
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Although expensive, it is quite nice to experience the SHINKANSEN or the Bullet Train. It is very fast and smooth. Seat configurations are 3 on the left and 2 on the right. There is room to store your luggages so no worries there. Although there isn't any on board entertainment, the view is spectacular. If you're lucky, you might even get to see MT. FUJI on a clear day.
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Disclaimer: Wrote this based on my experience. Paid for our train tickets.
Japan! One of my dream destinations. I am quite fascinated by the stories that my friends tell me about this country, like how the kids commute on their own, the discipline of the people, and of course the bullet trains! I am going to ride one when I get a chance to go there.ReplyDelete
DUDE everything you said is true!!!!! :) seriously.. although expensive the shinkansen is an awesome way to go around . :) Cheers marj! Fun to see you awhile ago :0ReplyDelete