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Old February 10th, 2015, 05:04 PM   #1481
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No, personally I avoid Gala Yuzawa exactly because of the easy connections - go at the wrong time and half of Tokyo is there (similar to Karuizawa). I suppose on a weekday it isn't too bad though.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 11:05 AM   #1482
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The Seikan Tunnel



Recent and interesting Begin Japanology from NHK World.

- History of its construction.

- Brief about the train-ferry Aomori-Hakodate.

- The introduction of the Shinkansen service and new ideas from Hokkaido Railway Company to allow freight trains inside high-speed train or train-in-train.
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Old February 11th, 2015, 10:52 PM   #1483
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Some nice view on Mount Fuji from the Tokaido Shinkansen train (from minute 3:35)

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Old February 12th, 2015, 03:56 PM   #1484
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Japan is really beautiful,hope some day i could travel through Japan by the high speed rail system~
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Old February 13th, 2015, 05:29 AM   #1485
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there is some information about hokuriku shinkansen trains. is it up-to-date?
http://www.japan-guide.com/news/0033.html
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Old February 14th, 2015, 12:11 AM   #1486
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Not the biggest of news, but JR West will release a Harry Potter themed wrap on one of their Shinkansen between Kagoshima and Osaka.

The service is planned to start on valentine's day and end in January 2016. Of course the Harry Potter wrap is a collaboration with Universal Studios Japan in Osaka which released their "Wizarding world of harry potter" attraction last year and has seen the theme park tremendously increase in visitor numbers thanks to it.

It will run on the Sakura and Hikari both with train number 580. These are services running only on saturdays so they won't be the most common of sights.



At the arrival at Shin Osaka, the schedule will be made to coincide with the special service harry potter wrapped Sakurajima line. Unlike other Sakurajima line trains, this one will only stop at 3 stations; Shin Osaka, Universal city and Sakurajima.



https://www.westjr.co.jp/press/artic...page_6795.html
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Old February 15th, 2015, 07:41 PM   #1487
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Old February 15th, 2015, 08:12 PM   #1488
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Shin-Osaka Station?
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Old February 15th, 2015, 09:25 PM   #1489
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No, not enough tracks. Based on the images then I came to the conclusion that they are from Okayama Station.
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Old February 15th, 2015, 10:05 PM   #1490
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Yea, it's says 岡山の駅弁 (Okayama no Ekiben) so that's Okayama!
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Old February 16th, 2015, 02:04 PM   #1491
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Old February 17th, 2015, 07:14 AM   #1492
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If I remember correctly, the Hikari Rail Star service was a limited express Shinkansen service using a special livery 700 Series trainset that ran between Shin-Osaka and Hakata Stations (it stopped at a few more stations along the way, particularly Himeji and Fukuyama, than the Nozomi service). That limited express service was phased out in March 2011 with the new Sakura service using eight-car N700-8000 trainsets between Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima-Chūō Stations. Today, those Hikari Rail Star trainsets are running Kodama all-stops service between Shin-Osaka and Hakata.
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Old February 24th, 2015, 07:15 PM   #1493
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High Speed, High Safety
The world-class technology of Shinkansen



Since Japan's Shinkansen bullet train service went into operation 50 years ago, it has prided itself on its high speed, high safety and punctuality unrivaled in any other country. It boasts a record of no passenger fatalities caused by accidents, and an average delay of only 30 seconds from the scheduled time.

Thanks to the use of aerodynamics and world-class environmental measures, combined with Japanese technological expertise, the Shinkansen is now on the verge of entering an era of running at 500 kilometers per hour.

This program examines the cutting-edge technology used by Japan's high-speed trains, and the worldwide attention it is attracting.

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Old February 24th, 2015, 11:43 PM   #1494
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I finally got around to editing and uploading my Shinkansen high speed flyby video. I received a tip from someone to go to Himeji Station to film the Shinkansen. I spent an hour in the cold and rain watching trains fly by before leaving the station to explore the city and the Himeji Castle (which is closed until March 2015 for renovations). All in all, a very nice 4 hour stop over on my trip from Osaka to Kitakyushu.



Filmed and uploaded in 60fps
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Old February 25th, 2015, 05:42 AM   #1495
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There's a definite change in sound when the Green cars go past on some N700 trains - do they use different wheels or is it simply the different suspension resonating?
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Old February 25th, 2015, 06:21 AM   #1496
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What you're hearing is the different traction motor design used on the Green Cars on the N700/N700A trainsets.
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Old February 25th, 2015, 09:04 AM   #1497
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Specifically, the green cars are fitted with twin disc [TD] cardan shafts attached to the traction motors, which are quieter under coasting conditions than the Westinghouse-Natal [WN] cardan shafts used on the other cars.
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Old February 26th, 2015, 09:26 AM   #1498
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And now, for something very rare: zenmen tenbou (cab view) videos of the Hokuriku Shinkansen route between Nagano and Kanazawa.

Nagano to Kanazawa, simulating the Kagayaki limited stop service with only one stop in Toyama, courtesy of J-CAST News:



Kanazawa to Nagano, simulating the Hakutaka all-stops service, also courtesy of J-CAST News:



EDIT: I want to make a few comments on these videos:

1. I find it VERY interesting that we actually got cab view videos of the soon-to-open section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line now. And this is long before we'll get side view videos from the passenger cabin, which may not happen until after March 14, 2015. I believe this is because JR West--who owns the W7 trainsets W1 and W6--is more friendly to doing cab view videos for public consumption (after all, they allowed someone to film a trip from Shin-Osaka to Hakata uncut in the cab of a 500 Series Shinkansen back in the 1990's).

2. Note that on the Nagano to Kanazawa video, you see the old rolling stock service center just east of Nagano Station (about 4:40 to 5:25 into the video), which was the end of the old Nagano Shinkansen line when that opened in October 1997.

3. Note also that very few of the stations along the way have four tracks--it appears only Jōetsumyōkō and Toyama have such a configuration.
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Old March 9th, 2015, 01:41 AM   #1499
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A little update: Google Maps now show the routing of the Hokuriku Shinkansen line from Nagano to Kanazawa.

However, the following information are still missing:

1. The graphics showing the station configuration for the various stations after Nagano to Kanazawa.

2. The captions in Japanese and English identifying the line.

3. The line extension from Kanazawa to the Hakusan General Rolling Stock Center.

I expect all those to be updated by the time service starts on 14 March 2015.
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Old March 10th, 2015, 01:58 PM   #1500
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Sanyo Shinkansen 40th Anniversary

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Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train marks 40th anniversary

OSAKA (Kyodo) -- The Sanyo Shinkansen Line, Japan's second-oldest bullet train service that covers the western part of Japan, marked the 40th anniversary of its full operation on Tuesday, having carried a total of 2.5 billion passengers.

After the initial operation to link Shin-Osaka and Okayama stations in 1972, the line was extended west to Hakata station in Fukuoka Prefecture in the southwestern main island of Kyushu three years later.

Around 180,000 passengers take the train every day on average at present, according to West Japan Railway Co. which runs the Sanyo Shinkansen Line.

JR West developed the Nozomi 500 series bullet train in 1997 which set a world speed record of 300 kilometers per hour at that time, shortening the travel time between Shin-Osaka and Hakata to two hours and 17 minutes from the previous three hours and 44 minutes.

Following the 500 series, the company introduced more high-speed trains including the latest Nozomi N700 series, due to intensifying competition with rising low-cost airlines.

In 2011, the Sanyo Shinkansen Line was connected with the newly launched Kyushu Shinkansen Line that runs through Kyushu to expand its service area.

The Mizuho high-speed train now runs between Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima Chuo stations in about three hours and 40 minutes.

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Mainichi Shimbun

At Hakata Station (Fukuoka):



At Shin-Osaka Station:

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