TGV in France, Meglev train in China, and the Taiwan High Speed Rail, but never Shingansen in Japan. Again, train is the best transportation system for traveling in Japan. We bought JR East 3-day unlimited pass for only JPY10,000. We took Narita Express from airport to Tokyo, Tokyo to Karuizawa by Nagano Shingansen, then to Nagono, and back to Tokyo, and finally back to airport. That is really a super deal, and only for foreign visitors.
JR Shingansen has a very outstanding service record; safe, fast and on time. There are many types of Shingansen, and the one for Nagano is not one of the recent model, so I didn't feel it was comfortable as Taiwan High Speed Rail. Anyway, it delivered the service quality as usual. I would like to try other lines if I have the chance.
October 19, 2009
Narita Express 253Because of business purpose, I need to go back to Tokyo office every 3-5 months. Narita Express became my favorite transportation system because of no concern about traffic jam. For trip to Japan this time, I found Narita Express changed the car model; from series 253 to series E259; the debute date was Oct. 1, 2009. I was pretty exciting to take the new train.
The new train looks trendy and slick. The interior design is nicer with more comfortable seats. I am sure all pessenger will appreciate the better service quality provided by E259. Also, I think the debut of this new train will attract many train maniacs to chase after it.
October 8, 2009
Recently one of my friend who is working at a travel agent gave me a Singapore Airlines A380 model airplane. The scale of this model is 1:200 which is much bigger than the one I have which is in the scale of 1:1000. Because of the big scale, this model comes with detail landing gears and the engines with movable fans. These details are hard to find in small scale models.
Now this model became the flagship of my air fleet.