More than two months has already passed since my trip in Japan. It feels like it was only yesterday that I was exploring and discovering first-hand a lot of things in the Land of the Rising Sun but who would have known it has already been that long. How quickly time passed is almost similar to how it felt like speeding through the tracks while riding atop the Shinkansen.
When I was in Japan, I ended my 10-day vacation with an overnight trip to Kyoto. I went from Yokohoma (Shin-Yokohama station) to Kyoto to Yokohama (Shin-Yokohama station) in roughly 24 hours. And mind you, the distance from Yokohama to Kyoto, one-way, is approximately 450 kilometers. You can probably say there is some sort of teleportation happening there.
Since the Shinkansen can travel to a maximum of 300km/hr, it can go from Shin-Yokohama to Kyoto in about two hours, covering the 450-kilometer distance between them. Without the Shinkansen, this super short land travel will not be possible.
Riding the Shinkansen to travel in different vastly separated locations in Japan definitely cuts down the travel time but it does not come cheaply. One-way Shinkansen ride from Shin-Yokohama to Kyoto has a fare price of at least JPY 12,000 (~PhP 6,000). But it was a price I was willing to pay in exchange of comfort (2-hour travel time) and to compensate for my time in Japan, which was quickly running out then.