Day 10:

The Shinkansen

Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos

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.

Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos

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.

Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos

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.

Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos

Hiroshima
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.

Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos

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.

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The Okonomiaki sauce.

Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos

My Okonomiaki, a Japanese-style pankake, had noodles, egg, squid, octupus, cabbage and pork.

Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos Photo taken as part of the blog 15 Days in Japan by Nuno Coelho Santos

About 15 Days in Japan

This a recording of my first experiences in Japan as I travel across the country and meet many different people.

This blog is inspired by the wonderful 19 Days in Japan, which I used as a model. Please have a look at it and support the work Lena and Filipe have done. Mike Mata's One Week In Japan timelapse is also an inspiration and motivation.

About the Author

After many years fascinated by Japanese culture I decided to make the dream trip of my life. I live in London and work at a digital studio called ustwo. If you want to get in touch, go to my Twitter or add me on Line: nunosans.
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