Shinkansen, AKA "Bullet Train"
We took the Shinkansen, or Bullet Train, from Tokyo to Kyoto. The ride was super smooth, wicked fast, and the train looks like something out of a science fiction movie.
The marvelous machine can hit pretty close to 200 MPH when at full throttle, although the tracks usually straddle big open space which mitigates somewhat the feel of high speed, so it's not like the thrill you get from an amusement park roller coaster ride.
The price, however, is expensive. Our tickets were $240 round trip but Jada, my six year old, was free.
The inside of the train is clean and spacious, and the seats are comfortable with plenty of leg room (after 14 hours cramped in an economy airplane seat that alone is reason to celebrate). Uniformed employees bow respectfully whenever they enter or leave a car.
The train seats around 1,300 passengers, runs on schedule and, unlike China, has never had an accident.