The ride on the Nozomi Shinkansen from Tokyo to Fukuoka was the main purpose of the trip to Asia. I was excited to meet up with my family, who were visiting in-laws in Tokyo. My son is the reason for all of this so I was more excited to see his face when we actually boarded the train.
Before we could board, we had to go to the ticket office to retrieve our tickets. I only received a confirmation number at booking. The number, along with the credit card used to book, needed to be provided at the ticket office in order to receive the boarding passes. The ticket office at Tokyo Station was very easy to find.
The Shinkansen bound for Fukuoka was scheduled to depart at a little after 12pm Japan Standard Time, but we were delayed less than five minutes while the cabins were cleaned. There were at least five announcements during those minutes, apologizing for the delay (the service in Japan is amazing). Before too long, it was time to board the shinkansen.
I booked the one way trip in the reserved seating cabin, otherwise we could have run the risk of standing for our entire trip in the unreserved cabin. Sounds ridiculous, right? The cabin was organized in a 3-2 configuration. I was able to book three of the bulkhead seats.
There was no checked baggage on the train, so we stored them above the seats. I thought the bags would move around as the train sped through the country, but they never did.
The final thing I want to cover is this post is the fact that Japanese comforts are Japanese comforts no matter where you are in the country. I took a quick trip to the lavatory with my son and found a familiar sight on the wall…the toilet controls. There was an option to open the seat, wash your “backside”, and provide a bidet service. The space was quite clean as well.
The ride on the Nozomi Shinkansen was cool, my son thoroughly enjoyed it. I really want to try it again, now that I know what to expect. This trip report is going to be legit, please keep checking back for it.
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Nice to see photos of your first shinkansen trip Roberto.
Train travel is one of my favourite things to do when exploring Japan. The network is extensive, pristine cleanliness everywhere, and reliable services too.
And the train designs are awesome – especially for a train geek like me!
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