Today my goal was to travel accross Japan from Tokyo in the East coast to Hiroshima, very close to the West coast. It took me about 4 hours to travel almost 500 miles.
The Japanese Rail (JR) pass is only available for tourist visitors of Japan. It costs ¥208,000 for a 7-day pass and gives you access to most inter-city rail systems including the Shinkansen. Just a one-way trip from Tokyo to Hiroshima costs ¥18,700 without the pass.
Not only is this bullet train really fast, it is also very quiet. Every seat is very spacious and has a power socket. The car body is made of aluminum alloy and on the areas between carriages most of the surfaces are on this brushed aluminum.
By the time I arrived to my hostel in Hiroshima it was already night. I went to have Okonomiaki at a restaurant nearby and explored the downtown area, which was dead quiet, before going to sleep.
Having a 3G connection all the time is an absolute life-saver. Google Maps can help you know what fare you need to buy, what line you need to get, what platform you need to go to and, of course, give you directions for your stay at night.
The Okonomiaki sauce.
My Okonomiaki, a Japanese-style pankake, had noodles, egg, squid, octupus, cabbage and pork.