Topics of Shinkansen Travels

  • The number of Free Wi-Fi service available cars is increasing.

    JR Central, JR West, and JR Kyushu released free Wi-Fi service (SSID: “Shinkansen_Free_Wi-Fi”) in Shinkansen trains from July 25. This service is available in the equipped cars and the train in which the Wi-Fi service is available is different from day by day. JR Central is releasing daily travel information of these trains and we checked it in details. The following data are from this site Shinkansen Timetable’s independent survey.

  • The termination of JR Kyushu Ryoko Ken

    JR Kyushu announced that their travel coupons JR Kyushu Ryoko Ken (JR九州旅行券), My Rail Ryoko Ken (マイレール旅行券), Yu Ryoko Ken (『ゆ』旅行券) and Joy Ryoko Ken (ジョイ旅行券) will terminate at the end of this November.

  • The estimation of Doctor Yellow’s operational date in October 2018

    On the subject of Doctor Yellow, a high-speed test train on Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen, we tried to estimate its operational schedules for this month of October 2018. Because the Doctor Yellow’s testing date has some biases, we can calculate and estimate the testing schedules with the biases of prior testing dates and days.

  • Tokaido Shinkansen’s in-car sales hot coffee was renewed.

    JR Central Passengers released new hot coffee for in-car sales of Tokaido Shinkansen from September 27. The new coffee is made from 100% of the top grade arabica beans for export from Rainforest Alliance’s certified farm in Brazil and Nicaragua. Brazilian beans have a rich and sweetened taste and Nicaraguan ones have a bright flavor. After the best-suited way of roast for these two kinds of beans, they are blended.

  • Kumamoto Depot will be opened on October 28.

    JR Kyushu announced the Shinkansen’s depot in Kumamoto will be opened to the public as Shinkansen Festa 2018 in Kumamoto (新幹線フェスタ2018 in 熊本) on October 28. At the site, visitors can watch Kyushu Shinkansen’s train cars. The cockpit of a Shinkansen train will also be opened for a few participants who selected by loto.