torek, 12. april 2016

Z brzovlakom na pot

Točno ob 9:33 smo zapustili osrednjo tokijsko postajo in do Shin-Osake prispeli ob 12:26, kot predvideno. Sploh mi ni bilo treba pogledati, kdaj smo se odpravili naprej. Tu so vlaki tako točni, da si lahko po njih nastaviš uro. No, kdaj se že zgodi kakšna minutka zamude, recimo včeraj je imela krožna tokijska linija baje nekaj zamude (kar pa težko opaziš, ker so vlaki tako pogosti). Razlog zamude: veter. ☺️

Vožnja s hitrim vlakom Shinkansen je res udobna (veliko prostora, udobni, v smer vožnje obrnjeni sedeži, relativno malo hrupa in vibracij, seveda je pri roki tudi električna vtičnica) in hitra. Gre še vedno za navadne vlake na kolesih in ne magnetne, a tudi če ne potuješ z najhitrejšimi (z njimi se imetniki JR Pass-a žal ne moremo voziti), so dovolj hitri, da v razumnem času pomagaš velike razdalje. Za skoraj 900 km dolgo pot do Hirošime smo vključno z enim prestopom in kakšnimi 8 postanki potrebovali vsega 5 ur. Povprečna hitrost 180 km/h! Pa hitrosti sploh ne občutiš, le bližnjih stvari ni priporočljivo gledat, ker utruja oči. Srečanje z nasproti vozečim vlakom ali vstop v predor pa povzroči občuten sunek zraka.

Fuji se je spretno skrival za hribi, nečistočami v zraku ali pa kandelabrom (drogom za elektriko). Nekoliko sem sicer gledal skozi okno, a me je premagoval spanec.




Super express train travel


Train left the Tokyo station at precisely 9:33 am and arrived to Shin-Osaka at 12:26 pm, as scheduled. There was no need for checking the time we set forward. Trains in Japan are so accurate you could set your clock according to them. Well they might not always be on time, but it's probably a good reason for that. For example the train on Tokyo circular Yamanote-line had a small delay yesterday. Cause: the wind. ☺️

Riding the Shinkansen super express train is comfortable experience (enough leg room, comfortable seats heading forward, relatively low noise and vibration, power outlets) and fast. It's still a normal train not magnetic yet you don't have to ride the fastest ones (which cannot be used by JR Pass holders anywas) to travel long distances in a reasonable time. It took only 5 hours for the distance of nearly 900 kilometres from Tokyo to Hiroshima - including several stops along the way and a transfer - at an amazing average speed of 180 km/h. And you don't even feel the speed. It might not be a very relaxing for your eyes to stare at things passing nearby, though. However, passing a train going into the opposite direction or entering a tunnel causes a small air "blast".

Mount Fuji was hiding behind the hills, smog in the air and even electricity lines. I tried to observe the country passing by but my eyes were sleepy.

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