This week I took the Shinkansen for the first time to Kyoto on a business trip. Everything you read about Japanese trains running to the minute and being incredibly efficient is true in my experience of Japan. The Shinkansen takes this one step further. Travel was luxurious – lots of leg room and a smooth fast trip.
The speed was maybe not quite as fast as I expected although looking at the distance travelled this was just perception -it was very fast! What struck me more was the efficiency in and out of stations – that was truly remarkable. Before each station there was a kind of alarm call, presumably designed to wake anyone who was sleeping followed by announcements. People then jump up get everything organised and are waiting to quickly leave the train when it stops! It’s a very quick turn around and off again to the next station.
It wasn’t cheap but was a great way to cover distance in a comfortable way – looking forward to my next trip!