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#1 Ocean waves

Posted 07 December 2019 - 08:48 AM

Hi guys

Next year my husband wants to take our 10 year old son on a special trip. He is on the spectrum and trains have always been his thing and he would love to go on a bullet train.

Have you been on one in China/Hong Kong or Japan?

Are the stations overwhelming with people or more like an airport?

Anything else I should know?

Thanks so much

#2 Crazyone26989

Posted 07 December 2019 - 09:04 AM

Used the bullet train many times in Japan. I wouldn’t say the platforms are crowded but as the actual stations will also house other rail and subway lines, the actual stations can be very busy.

#3 Lunafreya

Posted 07 December 2019 - 09:06 AM

You do need to be on time. Be in the platform waiting when the train is due to arrive or you’ll miss it.

The Japanese apologise if the train is as little as 1 min late

#4 lizzzard

Posted 07 December 2019 - 09:23 AM

The Japanese ones are great. I didn’t find them too crowded. PP is definitely right about the reliability- they are insanely on time!! If your DS loved trains Japan would be a great trip for him.

#5 barrington

Posted 07 December 2019 - 09:27 AM

We've recently been in Japan.  The bullet trains leave from normal train stations, depending on the station size they can be quite large and busy.

All bullet trains have at least 50% of their carriages as reserved seating.

#6 Lunafreya

Posted 07 December 2019 - 09:33 AM

Look up the Kyoto Rail Museum, my autistic DS lived trains and I want to take him there

#7 TinMan

Posted 07 December 2019 - 09:54 AM

I'm sitting on one now. Our oldest boy lives in Japan so we've done hundreds over the years. Train stations are busy, especially hubs like Tokyo or Shin-Osaka. But incredibly well signed and easy to navigate. If noise was an issue for your boy, maybe head phones and music? I still hold DD hand a lot in Japan, sometimes for companionship and sometimes cause there's a lot of people.

#8 Ocean waves

Posted 07 December 2019 - 10:12 AM

Tinman - I never expected a reply from a bullet train! This info sounds great, I’ll look into it. I think reserved seating will be a good thing as it removes the uncertainty for him and headphones are awesome!

#9 Contrebasse

Posted 07 December 2019 - 10:19 AM

Chinese stations are very busy at holiday times but ok otherwise I think. They are very similar to airports.

In Shanghai there is also a Maglev train which I think is the fastest in the world. It goes from the airport most of the way to the city - just 15 mins or so (although tbh when you’re on it it doesn’t feel that different to a normal train).

For Chinese long distance trains you can order tickets online and have them delivered to your hotel when you arrive.

Another option is fast trains in Europe (e.g. Eurostar, TGV)

#10 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 07 December 2019 - 10:31 AM

Korea has the KTX Seoul to Busan.

No crowding at all, unlike the regular network.

All reserved seating

#11 eachschoolholidays

Posted 07 December 2019 - 11:23 AM

We caught a few last year in Japan and my kids really enjoyed them. Japanese train stations were relatively busy but well ordered if that makes sense.

#12 steppy

Posted 07 December 2019 - 02:29 PM

I have travelled on bullet trains and they are great - not too noisy or crowded depending on time of day, station etc. Great experience.

#13 LambChop

Posted 07 December 2019 - 10:27 PM

The bullet trains are very very quiet, you can almost hear a pin drop in the carriage - it's not sensory at all!  People in Japan are very courteous and give each other space, so while it's crowded, it's not bustley - way less stressful than say Sydney or Melbourne.

#14 kerilyntaryn

Posted 08 December 2019 - 07:32 AM

Yes they are great,  Japan is great for kids on the spectrum.  Whilst things are busy,  people are quite, courteous and very helpful. We've been on many bullet trains and have 2 on the spectrum.  Always be at the station at least 10 mins early

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