Boye Lafatte De Mente, “Kodansha Tokyo Subway Guide”, 2002 was the topic of an earlier blog post. Here I present Christopher Hood, “Shinkansen 新幹線 : From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan”, 2006 was a book on Japan’s high-speed train network.
Shinkansen 新幹線 is a network of national railways in Japan (shown in the map above); and, beginning in 1964 with the “Tokaido Shinkansen” from Tokyo Station to Shin-Osaka Station has been a success. The “Tokaido Shinkansen” goes from Tokyo to Osaka in two and a-half hours (before 1964 the trip was 12 hours).
At Tokyo Station, the Shinkansen platforms are located on the Yaesu-side in Chuo-ward of Tokyo. The “Yamanote line” of the Japan Railway has “Tokyo Station” as one of 30 stations. The Shinkansen platforms connection at Tokyo Station make it the most important station.
Kate Graham, “Temples of Tranquillity”, Los Angeles Times, 30 March 2008, pages L6-L7 is an example for travelers to use the “Tokaido Shinkansen”. Koya is destination to reach; since, this is the holy site Koyasan temple in Wakayama prefecture. Osaka’s Nankai Namba Station to Gokurakubashi Station (at the base of Mount Koya).