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Super speedy

The trains are punctual and of course very fast. Despite the speed, the ride is very smooth. It’s... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Fast and quiet!

Was my first time taking a shinkansen and it wasn't what I was expecting. The seats were spacious... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2018
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“Super speedy ”
1 Sep 2018
“Fast and quiet!”
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The trains are punctual and of course very fast. Despite the speed, the ride is very smooth. It’s fine to eat and drink on board - we brought our own food onto the train but a trolley does come down the aisle if not too...More

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Reviewed 1 September 2018

Was my first time taking a shinkansen and it wasn't what I was expecting. The seats were spacious and clean. Really impressed with how the Japanese take good care of their trains. Their service was really good too.

Thank celestayk
Reviewed 4 August 2018

Clean, fast, punctual! The smallest of issues was there was no wifi but who cares? It was so comfortable and enjoyable it wasn't an issue!

Thank Ed S
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

I have earlier reviewed the Tokaido Shinkansen after having made trips on the famed train between Kyoto and Tokyo and back two and a half years back. Recently I have traveled between Tokyo and Hiroshima and back by Nozomi and I have once again been...More

Thank Dhiraj H
Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

Easy to use. English translations everywhere. English announcements everywhere. Much more enjoyable than catching a plane - there is some amazing scenery.

Thank AussieCub80
Reviewed 18 April 2016

One of the best experiences I have done in my travels. The Shinkansen train is punctual, clean and is very very fast and smooth. Both the Kyoto and Hiroshima stations are clean and orderly, clearly signed. Hiroshima Station has a very large and modern shopping...More

Thank Ronnie B
Reviewed 9 December 2015

I have taken the Sanyo Hikari Superexpress Shinkansen many times over the course of the past 14 years, most of my trips have been between Tokyo and Hiroshima or Shin-Osaka, I normally arrive in Japan with a JR Rail pass which is a bargain for...More

1  Thank GPz1100F1
Reviewed 26 November 2015 via mobile

Travelled from Okayama to Hakata. So comfortable in the green car of Hikari. There's space to put our luggage and sufficient leg room with foot rest. We bought the JR green car pass this time and found it so well worth the extra cost. Will...More

Thank The_Savvy_Glutton
Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

With a Japan rail pass these are great value to get around. Do not be overwhelmed with the language, all the staff are really helpful at the stations. You can reserve seats and be assured it's all taken care off. Even most local trains are...More

1  Thank nesamoolian
Reviewed 16 September 2015 via mobile

That's a 490km journey - smooth as silk with super comfortable seating in first class. Sadly due to the smooth ride you don't really feel the speed, but it's roaringly fast!

Thank Judge404
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