Can you see yourself luxuriating among plush leather seats, endless meal and beverage service,and plenty of little extras to make you feel like a celebrity? If so, the Shinkansen Gran Class is the train for you.
Most bullet trains have standard class, similar to the economy class, as well as the Green Class, which is comparable to first class travel.
Newer Shinkansen models as the Hayabusa E5 Series, however, have introduced the Gran Class – first class travel that far exceeds that of the Green Class.
Service is also a point of interest in the Shinkansen Gran Class. Upon entering the train, an attendant will guide you to your seat. You will then be offered such amenities as a menu, blanket, warm towel, slippers (which may be taken home by the passenger), and eye mask.
The menu options include gourmet delicacies, all locally sourced. For example, you may order a bento box featuring locally grown vegetables, along with fresh apple juice produced in Aomori. Other options include drinks, snacks, alcoholic beverages, and a western-style lunch. All food and beverages are provided at no additional cost.