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    Travel News JR East launching bullet train 'office cars'

    East Japan Railway launched onboard "office cars" for certain Shinkansen bullet train lines that connect Tokyo with the country's northern and central regions. The picture below illustrates what such office cars look like (pictured below the Hokuriku Shinkansen). Photo credit: Kyodo...
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    Tech Alpha-X hits top speed of 382 kph

    Now, this is one sexy piece of a train! 🤩 Source: http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13878879
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    Travel News New website to allow shinkansen bookings from abroad

    In March, Central Japan Railway Co. and West Japan Railway Co. will launch an English-language website to allow foreign visitors to book shinkansen tickets from abroad. https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20200102/p2g/00m/0bu/008000c
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    Shinkansen from Tokyo to spend 1 day somewhere else in Japan, where?

    Hi everyone :) I'm finally going to Japan at the end of this month. I'll be staying for around 10 days and I want to try the world-famous bullet train. My accommodation is in central Tokyo, so I'll catch an early train to wherever I go so I can make the most of my day before coming back. Now I...
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    Travel News Maglev shinkansen test ride

    Trainspotters and railway buffs, here's your chance to ride the new Japanese maglev train nine years before it will be entering regular service. Here’s your chance to ride maglev shinkansen in spring, nine years before service starts - Japan Today Not that I have high hopes to win the...
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    Practical Shinkansen - Japanese bullet trains

    The Shinkansen (新幹線, “new trunk line”), also known as the “Japanese bullet train” due to its shape and speed, is a high-speed passenger railroad system operated by the Japan Railways. The shinkansen connect most urban centres in Japan, running at a top speed of 320kph. They are extremely...
  7. 0-kei Shinkansen 22-141 at NRM York

    0-kei Shinkansen 22-141 at NRM York

    This is the only preserved 0-kei outside Japan, she was gifted to the National Railway Museum at York by West Japan Rail in 2001, she now takes pride of place in the Great Hall in a way she symbolises Anglo-Japanese relations to me
  8. Shinkansen Cleaning Crew

    Shinkansen Cleaning Crew

    Workers waiting to clean a just-arrived bullet train at Tokyo Station, December 2010.
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    Shinkansen's Head
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    Inside Shinkansen
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    Reserving Shinkansen seating one month ahead

    One of the guide books I have been reading suggests that seats on the Shinkansen services should be booked one month ahead of travel. The other guide books give the impression that you can usually make booking the day before travel without having any problems of availability. I am not sure...
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