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mosokikee
post Sep 18 2008, 10:24 PM
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HI, has anyone ridden in the bullet train in Japan? I read from this article that it could reach 200km/h: Japan Bullet Train's Images Really hope to ride in this train in my coming trip to Japan air_kiss.gif
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post Sep 19 2008, 05:28 AM
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Hi there Mosokikee,

I've been on the bullet train and yes, it definitely does go that fast! Unlike other train lines, there are no junctions that cars or people can cross on the shinkansen lines - it's just too dangerous and no chance of stopping if anything goes wrong.

It is a fabulous mode of transport and I would highly recommend it if you get the chance. There are different types of bullet train though as well - the fastest one running from Tokyo is called the Nozomi.


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post Sep 19 2008, 10:39 AM
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Yes! My family and I rode these trains through much of Japan. It's quite fun, and they are quite fast. (We did not ride the Nozomi though).

There are two classes of tickets. The regular one is more crowded, and I *think* may not require reservations (but maybe someone can correct me here). We had "Green" passes (or whatever). We had reserved seats, and it was not crowded, and we could get non-smoking cars.

It was a great experience!


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post Sep 19 2008, 08:03 PM
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You can get reserved tickets for any carriage - the green car is like first class. When I traveled to Kyoto we reserved our seats in a non-smoking carriage. The problems come on national holidays if you don't have a reserved seat - the trains get jam packed - not pleasant if you're traveling long distance.

Kitkatgo is right - I would always reserve my seat - it's just not worth the hassle.

There's a great site here for more info on the bullet train


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