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Link It Up

A few updates to the site.

First, I’ve started the process of adding a couple links here and there. You can see them on the right. Over there. Look. They’re sites that have been helpful to me, so hopefully it can benefit others as well.

As nerdy as that site sounds, it’s actually a really good message board thread that’s well over 5 years old, yet is continuously updated on a near daily basis. Seems more of a place to share pictures of different trains throughout Japan, but also includes some good travelogues by both visitors and residents of Japan. A few posters also translate Japanese news articles pertaining to trains, into English. (Check out the recent post about the new Shinkansen station set to open soon. They allowed the public to take a peek around the yet-to-be-opened station as well as walk around the tracks.)

Both are really good Japanese timetables. They both also support easy access from Japanese cell phones, including the iPhone and other smart phones. Almost impossible to live with if traveling throughout Tokyo. The differences? Jorudan is good for quick searches. Few options, but gives you the information you need fast. Hyperdia does the same, but it’s also good for planning other routes if you like options. Also, it gives timetable information about each line, so it’s like carrying around one of those giant JTB or JR timetable books, without the weight and bulkiness of actually having to lug one around.

JR offers a lot of different rail passes to travel throughout Japan. But if time isn’t a worry, using the Seishun 18 Kippu is one of the best. It allows 5 days of travel throughout all local rail lines in the JR system, but only for specific dates 3 times a year. I’ll go into more detail about this in a future post, as I’ll most likely be using it soon. Anyways, this site has the most comprehensive information I can find about this pass (in English).

Finally, the About page has been updated. I’m not sure if anyone is reading this blog yet, but if you want to recommend other useful sites, let me know. I’ll throw it up.

As for future posts, I have a couple ideas down the pipe. Some include talking about the stamp system in Japan, other useful passes, and I’ll be starting my series of posts covering the train lines of Niigata Prefecture. Gotta start somewhere!

 


E5 and E6 Hook Up at Tokyo Station. Sexy.

Interesting video today out of Tokyo Station, thanks to the Sankei Newspaper:

For the first time, a coupled E5 and E6 arrived in Tokyo Station. It’s been a while since new stock has been introduced within the JR East system, so it’s an exciting time for the Tohoku Shinkansen.

If you’ve been to any JR Station within the last couple of months, you’ve undoubtably seen (the almost heart-warming and nostalgic) promotional pictures for the ”My First Aomori” campaign, which marks the extension and completion of the Tohoku Shinkansen. With the completion of this line, JR East will introduce 2 new models to the Shinkansen family, if you will. The first, beginning commercial service in March 2011 is the E5 Model Shinkansen, running under the service name Hayabusa.

 

You beautiful beast.

The second, beginning commercial service in March 2013 (still a ways off) is the E6 Model Shinkansen, which will eventually replace the older E3 trains running on the Tohoku and Akita Shinkansen Line.

It is without a doubt that the E6 is the most impressive looking Shinkansen in Japan. With each new model rolled out, they continue to look sleeker and sleeker. As much as I like the E5, I think the designers have really nailed it with the new color scheme for the E6. It’s begging to be looked at.

 

Hot damn.

So, from here begins the testing that has to be done before being formally brought into service, which was seen in the video above. But if you live anywhere along the Tohoku Shinkansen line, or commute anywhere around it, keep your eyes open. Traveling at 320 km/h, it’ll be easy to miss.


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