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What is the Shinkansen?
Have you ever been on a bullet train?
Shinkansen is a high-speed train in Japan. Trains that run at speeds of 200 km / h or more are officially classified here. The train runs mainly in major cities in Japan and currently travels at speeds close to 300 km / h.
Most tourists use this train if they come to Japan for travel.
However, it would be difficult for foreigners to get on the Shinkansen at complex stations in Japan. So, How to Ride Shinkansen?
Even Japanese people never know where they are at a station such as Tokyo for the first time.
I would like to make such a trip to Japan a little more comfortably, so this time I will introduce how to ride the Shinkansen.
Japanese train situation
First, I will introduce the train situation in Japan. Although well known to many people around the world, the time of Japanese trains is the most accurate in the world. Although it may be delayed due to personal injury or weather, it basically operated accurately in one-second units.
So, wait in line before the train so that you do not miss the train.
How to find out where you want to go
When searching on the Internet
How to Ride Shinkansen? Google Maps basically reflects all Japanese train information accurately, so you can check the exact time zone and arrival time in advance.
You can find out more on the site, but most Japanese people use it most easily. And, of course, the price reflected immediately even if the train is delayed.
If you cannot use the Internet
In many cases, you do not have an Internet contract while traveling, and you cannot use the Internet. Especially in Japan, the free WiFi penetration rate is low, so the Internet is not available in many places.
What should I do if I say that?
There is a place at the Shinkansen platform where you can purchase a ticket called a green window.
If you go here and tell the destination, the station staff will make all tickets including conventional lines.
After that, go to the target home through the ticket gate.
The Japanese Shinkansen has reserved and unreserved seats. And there a business class seat called a green seat. Green seats are expensive but comfortable and comfortable.
If you choose a reserved seat, the fare will be increased by one person plus 1,000 yen. If you want cheaper, unreserved seats recommended. Basically, unreserved seating may not be available during weekdays, special holidays and evenings when many people use it. Be sure to take a reserved seat on the Japanese holidays.
Here are some tips for buying tickets.
A lot of screens displayed at the ticket counter, where circles, triangles, and crosses are displayed. How many people ride this? It means how much of the ticket is left. If most of them are crossed, you will not be able to sit in the unreserved seats.
There are automatic ticket gates at stations that buy unmanned tickets.
Here you can buy conventional and Shinkansen tickets.
If you an advanced person, the window may be crowded depending on the time of day and date, so it recommended when saying. But it is confusing and there is a possibility that it will be wrong, so let’s buy it directly at the window as much as possible.
If you can buy a ticket, go to the next home.
Shinkansen platform and conventional ticket gates are separate
The next challenge is that there are many ticket gates.
When you come to Japan, it complicated and it’s hard to tell which station is.
In Tokyo etc., there are about 5 different stations in the same place, and they all operated by different companies, which complicated. If you get on a train at a different station, you will be lost because you go to a completely different place.
But that’s normal, so don’t worry. The first time a Japanese visits a city, they get lost due to the complexity of the station.
I will introduce how to ride a conventional line on another blog.
What I want you to know this time is that the ticket gates for Shinkansen and other trains are different.
The Shinkansen operated by a Japanese company called JR, and JR also has conventional lines. However, the conventional line and the Shinkansen platform are basically different, and there are separate ticket gates. If you get lost, pay close attention to the ticket gate, which is largely written as the Shinkansen platform.
By the way, if you pass an automatic ticket gate, you will be able to enter even a conventional line, so when you enter, there is always a place where you can show a ticket directly to station staff at a large station, so let’s show a ticket there.
This time, there are a lot of homes inside and I don’t know where to go.
The quickest way is to ask the station staff what platform you are on at the ticket gate.
The homes in Japan numbered so that they can change easily, so go to the home there.
Still don’t know
If you get lost, show your ticket to the Japanese and they will tell you somewhere.
This is reasonable because many Japanese do not speak English.
This time, when I arrive at the platform, there are tracks on the left and right, which is confusing. In such a case, look at the electronic bulletin board at home. The information about the next train is written here.
Note the letters and numbers on the ticket, as well as the time and arrows on the ticket.
This bulletin board displays information on both the left and right trains, so be careful not to mistake which one is correct.
When you find your flight on the bulletin board, there are symbols and numbers on it. This is actually the place where the train gate stops. The same symbol is on the ground before the yellow line. Please wait in line in front of it.
Unreserved seats, reserved seats, and green seats are separate from the vehicle
Many foreigners are waiting in line but often find their seats by walking a number of vehicles in places where their reserved seats are completely different.
When you look at the electronic bulletin board, it is written that what number reserved and the unreserved seat.
In the mark written on the ground earlier, the number is written together with the symbol. This is actually the vehicle number. The difference between reserved and unreserved seats also written on the ground.
Wait at the location of the vehicle number on your ticket.
On the train
Basically, you can eat and drink on the Shinkansen.
Rest your tired body on your journey.
There is a stand service inside the car, where you can buy sweets, lunch boxes, drinks, etc. when people come by pushing the cart.
Some vehicles have outlets and can be charged.
There are transfers except for going to major cities. There are different types of Shinkansen, and each station has a fixed station and a fixed station. For example, the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka arrive early because most stations do not stop. However, if you go to the middle station, you have to change and take the stop at each station.
There is a bulletin board above the entrance of the Shinkansen train, and it displayed in English as the station approaches. Please check and get out. The other way to check the arrival time were written on the ticket, so it is correct and at the same time.
Then change to another vehicle and head to the destination station.
If you take a conventional line from the station, check with the station staff at the exit before you leave.
Most stations have a transfer line to the conventional line in the station outside the Shinkansen platform, and you can go to the platform of the conventional line from the ticket gate.
Conventional lines introduced on another page.
Conclusion [How to Ride Shinkansen]
I hope you can travel safely.
Thank you for reading to the end.
How to Ride Shinkansen?
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