Updated: Mar 12, 2018
I think that there isn't a single person who has not heard about the amazing Japanese trains 🚄. The Shinkansen, known as bullet train, is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan.
🔹 The maximum operating speed is 320 km/h.
🔹 Trains are extremely punctual. In 2014 the Shinkansen's average delay from schedule per train was 54 seconds. 54 SECONDS! 😳
🔹 The prices are quite high. For example, to reach Hiroshima from Tokyo will take ~4 hours and will cost ~150 euros.
🔹 If you are planning to go to Japan and travel a lot by trains I would highly recommend to buy Japan Railway Pass. It's available for purchase only outside of Japan. There are three types of the Railway Pass - 7 days (312 euros), 14 days (504 euros) and 21 days (650 euros). The prices and conditions you can find here: http://www.japanrailpass.net/sphone/en/. We bought the pass for 1 week (because our first week we have stayed in Tokyo) and paid 250 euros (don't know why it's cheaper than the official website, if you need more info I can check it out for you ☺️). The pass can be used for all trains (within cities and outside cities) which are part of JR company. Be careful and read all the rules. For example, the pass doesn't work for a certain types of Shinkansen.
🔹 There is no free wifi in the trains. One hint for the entire travel - mini portable wifi routers are very popular in Japan and you can rent it even in the airport.
🔹 To check the train schedule and prices you can use Google or this website: http://www.hyperdia.com/en/.
🔹 And our last and general impression - the trains are very very comfortable and convenient ❤️.