Shinkansen, the High-speed Bullet train is the pride of Japan and the heart of its entire railroad system. It has many variants and its own ranking. Though it traverses across the country, all of Japan’s major metropolia; its smartest, most contemporary, fastest version is reserved for the Sanyo/ Tokaido Shinkansen. Powered by the 298-km/187-mph, Nozomi Super-Express, aka Tokyo-Osaka-Hiroshima-Kyoto-Hakata-Sanyo service, connects the capital, Tokyo with the stunning coastal province of Sanyo, the northern half of Honshu Island, fronting the inland sea.
Nonetheless, the Sanyo high-speed bullet train (Shinkansen) runs new services on its route, between Hiroshima and Osaka.
The province is a motley of pasture and fruit trees, supported by wooded ridges full of craggy gullies and tumbling streamlets, but with a fretwork of inlets, capes, and offshore islands to additionally heighten its popularity.
The (Shinkansen) runs on a course parallel to the older but one of Japan’s most scenic routes – Sanyo Railway (serving since 1933). Much like a dragon on an archaic porcelain vase, the silvery-white achromatic starship of the Shinkansen coils through the conventional Japanese of age-old towns, woods and villages, rivers, and arched bridges. It’s a mighty analogy for Japan’s power to intermix the future with the past.
As analogies go, both Hiroshima and Osaka are equally advanced – Hiroshima because of its stature as a mark of revived humanity; and Osaka, because its past is that of Japan’s most significant dynastic battles between the Tokugawa and the Toyotomi. In Osaka, the massive castle is a symbol of war, though exquisite and captivating, in Hiroshima, even the Torri Gate on Miyajima and peace Park reminds its visitors of the confrontation with dissolution – a common memory that can never be erased from the history books. While on the Shinkansen (high-speed bullet train) between the two circles, you can reflect on World War II and its ramification on Japan.
Mode of transport
When to go
Time it takes
Around two hours (shin-Osaka to Hiroshima Station)
- The 16th-century Ujo (‘Raven’) Castle of Okayama.
- The 17th-century Koruku-en Garden – one of the three Major Gardens of Japan, took 14 years to build.
- Peace Park in Hiroshima.
- Miyajima (‘shrine island’), about 40 minutes by local train and ferry from Hiroshima – a profoundly moving memorial of consummate Japanese style.
You should know
Talking on mobile phones is forbidden on all Japanese trains, except in the entrance sections of Shinkansen carriages.