Some people may not not know that while eating on the public train system in Japan isn’t the in thing, it’s completely accepted on the shinkansen or bullet train service. Even better, on the train platforms that service the shinkansen are kiosks that sell meals designed for the shinkansen. What this means is that they’re small yet packed full of flavour and yummy goodness!
To get a better idea of what I mean, here’s a video I shot a couple of years ago on the shinkansen showing what my wife and I would be eating on the way to Kyoto.
Yep, time for another Japan collaboration. This time, it’s between alcohol manufacturer Suntory and the high speed rail train, the shinkansen. The collaboration will see twelve special edition cans adorned with artwork featuring different shinkansen with some iconic Japanese landscapes and scenery.
There was a recent crossover collaboration in Japan between highly acclaimed cult classic anime, Neon Genesis Evangelion and, of all things, the Shinkansen service. It gets better with the reveal that travellers on the Evangelion service will also be able to purchase some very cool crossover goodies. Details below!
Yep, you read that right. Thanks to JR Kita Kyushuu who are now holding a contest in Japan where the lucky winner will be able to ‘rent’ a shinkansen for a whole day.
The competition is called “DREAM Kyusyuu Shinkansen (DREAM Kyushuu Bullet Train)” and to enter, participants need to write down what their dream is if they had a bullet train for a day. The lucky winner will be able to invite 350 friends to go along for the ride as the train travels from Hakata to Central Kagoshima utilising JR Kyusyuu. The competition will also grant expenses up to $US5000 to help make the winner’s dream come true.
So far for some of the entries, there’s been “dream wedding on train”, “a long awaited family trip”, “turn the bullet train into a club”, “a dinner with a table as long as the length of the train”, “to have Real Escape Game on train” and “to operate Train Conductor Cafe“.
March 29 is the deadline for the end of this competition so if you’re living in Japan, have a go and good luck!