world’s fastest sushi train

japanese sushi displayCombining culinary adventures with your travel journeys is a must, especially in Japan where you can enjoy the freshest sushi, be tempted by tempura and even design your own okonomiyaki! And this is where delicious (and healthy) fast food meets super-fast local transport, as Aaron Davis explains…

“Part of the enjoyment of travel is getting from place to place. What can seem a chore in many countries is an enjoyable, speedy and sociable treat in Japan.

Japan Rail (JR) is undoubtedly the most efficient train system in the world. Having lined up for your Shinkansen (bullet train) at exactly the place where your carriage door opens, you will have just enough time to find your allotted seat before the train pulls away perfectly on time.

The seats on the bullet trains are very spacious and you really feel as if you are travelling first class, especially when the trolley girl comes past with food and drinks.

After settling in and meeting your neighbour it is time to enjoy your bento. Bento loosely translates as lunch box and there is an almost limitless variety of bentos available. Generally they consist of rice, pickles, meat or fish and vegetables. They vary from place to place and season to season, so they are a great way to sample local specialties while watching the stunning Japanese scenery whiz by at up to 300 kph (180 mph)!”

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* photo by Sue Elliot

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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