Japan’s Shinkansen, their high speed bullet train, is unlike anything we have in the United States.
Compared to the bullet train, our ACELA is descended from the conestoga wagon.
From the Japan Guide:
“Running at speeds of up to 300 km/h, the shinkansen is known for punctuality, most trains depart on time to the second...
Comfort, relatively silent cars with spacious, always forward facing seats...
And safety, no fatal accidents in its history.”
We took the Shinkansen from Tokyo to Kyoto and reserved our seats on “the Fuji side”. That’s the right side of the train going forward.
We started at conventional speeds,
...but as Tokyo fell away things sped up quickly.
At 12,388 feet, the mountain is apparent even from a distance.
It’s not everyday you scream past Mt. Fuji at 186 MPH.
But we did.