Shinkansen – My Experience at Breakneck Speeds!
The experience of traveling by train is not new for me. However, traveling on Shinkansen was incomparable.
The super quiet and super speedy Shinkansen is example of high-tech modern traveling.
If you are visiting Japan, I would recommend buying a Japan Rail (JR) pass and get the experience that you would not be able to get anywhere else in the world.
JR pass is a great option for tourists to witness the wonderful sights of Japan along with getting the experience of using one of the best railway networks of the world. It is a luxury that many people dream of experiencing, and I was lucky enough to enjoy it. Of course, it was made possible by using the JR pass. The cost of a round trip on Shinkansen is close to the price of JR pass that gives us unlimited access to almost all railway networks across Japan.
When planning a visit to Japan, remember that you have to buy a JR pass before you head to Japan as trading JR passes within the country is prohibited while paying separately for each railway trip may be too costly for you. Anyone with a temporary visa can get these passes that offer heavy discounts for traveling across various cities and towns.
While we can get 7, 14 or, 21 day passes, I bought a 7 day pass to travel with comfort and speed across cities over the next few days. I could use the JR pass for most of the Shinkansen trains except for the Nozomi and Mizuho in the Sanyo, Tokaido, and Kyushu Shikansen lines.
I was too excited for the ride that I reached the station an hour before the departure time. I was bewildered by the unusual design of the train. On the outside, the train looked like a spaceship with a robot-duck beak on the front.
The inside of the train looked like an airplane. A friendly and professionally trained staff was there to help us. It was an immense pleasure seeing that the train was perfectly clean, spacious, smartly designed, and comfortable.
One of the best things about Shinkansen is that it leaves precisely on time.
As the journey starts, the incredible train would take you through cities, towns, industrial complexes and lush green countryside. As for us, the clacks and clanks of the train and tracks are usual but the Shinkansen is quiet to the level of surprise. Whether it is the lightning speed or the efficient network, they make no noise and at times you don’t even feel like you are in a moving train. I am such a huge fan of Shinkansen for its pace and efficiency.
To add to the incredible journey, the train had clean toilets, vending machines, and phones. Besides, a trolley cart is frequently wheeled from where you can buy food, drinks, snacks and alcohol.
These trains are so addictive that once you use them, you would not want to travel on any other train. I always preferred taking Shinkansen whenever it was possible throughout my stay in Japan.
I would say that Shinkansen ride is a must thing to do in Japan. But, get a JR pass before heading to Japan so that you may enjoy this ride at economical rates.