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Shinkansen Trivia: The Doctor Yellow

August 20, 2023

Shinkansen Trivia: The Doctor Yellow

Some of you might have witnessed a bright yellow Shinkansen running on the tracks, and you might have wondered what it is. This iconic sight is none other than the "Doctor Yellow," a train dedicated to inspecting tracks and electrical systems. Officially known as the "Shinkansen Electric Track General Inspection Car," this vehicle stands out from the rest with its distinctive yellow body.

Rumors suggest that spotting the Doctor Yellow brings good luck and happiness, turning it into a symbol of fortune and gaining immense popularity.

Operating about once every 10 days, this unique train runs on the same tracks as the regular Shinkansen. It is often used for maintenance work during the night, which is why its eye-catching yellow color is selected. Although this train might sometimes be seen stationary on the platform, it's important to note that passengers cannot board it.

The striking yellow hue serves as a deterrent to prevent passengers from mistakenly boarding the vehicle. This measure ensures that passengers don't confuse it with a regular Shinkansen.

Seat guide

Shinkansen seats are available in four levels depending on the comfort and services your require.

Ordinary Seat

Regular seats used on Reserved cars and Unreserved cars of Shinkansen. Consider it as "economy class" seat.

Green Seat

Better seats with more space than ordinary seats. All Green Seats are reserved only. Consider it as "business class" seats.

Reserved Seat (Ordinary Reserved Seat)

Your seat is reserved and secured when you book your tickets. Head to the station with a peace of mind.
Seats are the same as Ordinary Seat.

Green Reserved Seat

Better seats and free blankets. Popular among Japanese business persons, executives and people who values comfortable travel. Consider it as "business class" seats.

GranClass Seat

Know as "First Class" of Shinkansen seats. Only available on Hokuriku and Tohoku Shinkansen lines. Gran Class seats comes with airline-like amenities and meals.The most expensive of all.

Unreserved Seat

You can take any open seats in unreserved cars of any train on the departure date. (No departure time will be indicated on your tickets.)
The best seat type if your priority is the cost and are traveling during less-crowded season/time.



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