Australia needs to follow suit with stuff like this. We need to have a public transport system as well-organized and worthwhile the the Japanese system. Good on them for bringing this world closer to the future.
100% legit; Australia doesn't have a super terrible public transport system but it doesn't even hold a candle to Japan's. What makes it worse is that we're a bigger country with a wider spread of people. It makes sense to have a rail system that could take us from one end of Australia to the other but I feel as though it'll never happen. I was told months ago that there was something like the bullet train planned for OZ but I doubt that was more than a rumour.
Haha they have enough trouble with normal trains, I don't see a bullet train happening here any time soon! (As awesome as that would be)
Have to add, the train travelling I did in Tokyo and Osaka was amazing. The services were great, we never even had to look at a timetable (beyond checking which line) and never waited more than 5-10 minutes for a train (except when we went to a small, more rural place and waited to catch an express train back to Kyoto, and even then it wouldn't have been more than 15 mins). Also, the Japanese are great with their train etiquette.
I didn't get the complete bullet train experience there as it was the middle of a snow storm (which was more exciting for us anyway) so there were delays, but there's always next time!
I'll go a cause some havoc. List of things to do while in Japan:
- Join the Yakuza - Meet a Tengu - Meet a Kappa - See a Tanuki - Become a Bancho - FIGHT a Bancho - Eventually recover from being beaten by a Bancho - Eat Onigiri - Meet Onigiri from the Anime/Manga "Air Gear"
Oh wow, I'm so jealous Luke! What time of year are you going?
I don't really have suggestions, a lot of our time in Tokyo was hunting down the indie music stores we love and just general things. I guess the only thing I would mention - which you probably already know but just in case you don't - is if you're looking for anime stuff, make sure you check out Nakano Broadway. Great prices (I got my Ririchiyo (Inu x Boku SS) figure for about $15 there ) and a lot quieter than Akiba. Oh, and if you do a day trip to Kyoto, don't make it a Monday.