Biting the Bullet

The white snooty-nosed train whizzed past and in minutes was a blur. This was the 700 series of Shinkasen on its run between Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Hakata.  

I have done it all from steam and diesal locomotives in India,  the deluxe luxury trains of China, Amtrak in the USA and the various short distance subway systems in different countries.

Biting the Bullet was going to top the list. The very idea of speeding past at 170 miles per hour was intimidating but once inside it was smooth ride. We covered Hiroshima to Kyoto in two and half hours in time for lunch.

Bento lunch boxes are available in the train or you can purchase on stations and  passengers availed of the services.

Hiroshima Station…outside

Shinkasens or ‘New Trunk Line’ was introduced in Japan in 1964 before the Tokyo Olympics and today connect major Japanese cities.  

Kyoto station

The Shinkasen train rides were courtesy JNTO, 2010, from Hiroshima to Kyoto and from Kyoto (JR Kyoto station) to Odawara.