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Biting the Bullet

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There was only one way to get from Kyoto to Tokyo - by Shinkansen, better known as the Bullet Train.


Our train was the latest model, the N700, which took 141 minutes to travel the 515km between the two cities. It was quite an experience - more akin to a flight given the force with which we were pushed back into our seats as the train raced away from the station. We were due to arrive in Tokyo at 1.53pm, and sure enough it was exactly 1.53pm when we stopped.

We were a little confused about where to go next to get to our hostel, and we obviously looked lost as another traveller asked if we needed help. But almost immediately someone else stopped to help, and suggested that the first person's geography of the local area was insufficient. We thought fisticuffs were imminent but we eventually worked out where we had to go without violence ensuing.

Posted by shoestring 23:27 Archived in Japan Tagged tokyo kyoto japan travel train shinkansen bullet

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Blimey I thought it was quite an experience travelling from London to Cardiff withtrying to balance a cup of tea without going flying into several passengers laps and headbutting them to boot. Wouldn't want to try that on that train could be very dangerous and very funny at the same time. xx

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