Japan’s Shinkansen – The Bullet Train

The BBC’s website has been a very important resource for me over the years for not only news related to Japan but through some interesting features, photo galleries and more recently videos I have been exposed to many things I couldn’t read in a book and can only get better by experiencing them in person.


The Shinkansen or “Bullet Train” as most people reffer to it as is network of super high speed trains in Japan that link many of the major cities and over the last 45 years has developed to become one of the iconic features of Japan. The entire transport system in Japan is known to be efficient, wordclass and always on time.

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Bullet Train photograph by – Catherine Elizabeth

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11 thoughts on “Japan’s Shinkansen – The Bullet Train

  1. I remember the first time I traveled on the Shinkansen. What was the coolest was standing in the station waiting for a the next train and a non-stop express train rockets through the station no more then 20 or feet away. It was cool.

  2. I didn’t ride in Shinkansen, but if you want to taste the delights of Japanese railways, I recommend a trip to Hakone with the Odakyo’s Romance Car. [japan]

    If you like to know more (a lot more…) about Japanese trains, here’s a very interesting site: JR’s Rolling Stock guide.

  3. The Shinkansen is just awesome. I love the way they look and the ride is super smooth. I took the Shinkansen a couple times. Having a beer in route is mandatory.

  4. Love the Shinkansen! You feel like you are on a plane barrelling down the runway about to take off, constantly.

  5. I remember my group was so scandalous the first time we rode the Shinkansen because we didn’t know that it was strictly a PLEASE SHUT UP place. Fortunately we took almost the entire wagon (60 passengers). Feel embarrassed of what I did :(

    What’s pretty cool is that I read a while ago that the Shinkansen now has wireless connection! +1 for us geeks =)

  6. Definitely a reason to love Japan. The shinkansen is the bomb. Just be careful not to ride a ‘nozomi’ if you want to get off at a local station.

    I’ve learned from my mistake!

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