Sunday, January 13, 2013

Discover Kobe: Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Shin-Kobe


Day 3

December 30, 2012

Kobe (DIY Tour)

Japan Railways (JR)-West Rail Kansai Wide Wide Area Pass is the best way to get around Japan. With our passes, we were able to board Japan's Bullet Train called Shinkansen to Shin-Kobe. Passes are sold for only JPY 7,000 (PhP3,500) per person and is good for four days. You can reserve your pass here.

 Shinkansen and I

Running at speed of up to 300 km/h, the Shinkansen is known for punctuality (departs on time to the second), comfort (silent cars with spacious, always forward facing seats), safety (no fatal accidents in its history) and efficiency - SOURCE

I have listed a lot of Things-To-Do but unfortunately, it was raining that day in Kobe. We were not able to visit Kobe Harborland. We were not able to ride Shin Kobe Ropeway or even take Fantasy Kobe Sea Bus (cruise). 

Anyway, let me take you to the Shinkansen Station first, read more about it after the break...


Checking the timetable: Nozomi 5 9:05 am Hakata 22

9:05 was supposed to be the time of our departure to Shin-Kobe. We were there five minutes before 9 am. We waited in line together with other passengers.

we are on the right track: 22

follow the sign

uh, oh! One train is out of service!!

The following are found in the station:

convenience store or what they call kiosk

vendo machine

Japanese people practice trash segragation

public phone

finally our train has arrived!

this is the result of one Out of Service Train ; p

We decided to take this train because we could not wait for the next one. Travel time was fast, less than 20 minutes!

I am so sorry I don't have any photos of the inside because we were standing the whole time and the train was a bit crowded as you can see in the photo above. I was not able to enjoy my first ever Shinkansen experience ; (

Shinkansen

To know more about Shinkansen and how it looks like inside, visit here.

Shin-Kobe Station

I can't wait to have my first taste of Kobe Beef. Yummy!

Take a look at how posh the toilet inside the train station ; p

heated toilet seats

I don't know what this is for? From the photo, it looks like a platform

toilet paper and emergency button

Well, that's about it! Have a blessed Sunday ; ) I can't wait to share my Kobe Beef experience in my next entry.

You can view the 3-part Kyoto adventure here, here and here. To view where we stayed during our 8-day stint in Japan, visit here. Interested where we dine on our first night in Osaka? Then read here. This is where we had our dinner on our second night in Shin-Osaka. Intrigued about the ultimate camera I bought from Canon? View from this link. One of the many tourist attractions in Kobe is Kitano-cho, read one of the houses called Weathercock Mansion here.

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