People and Culture

World's Most Punctual Train - Japan's Shinkansen


Embark on a high-speed journey through Japan's exquisite landscapes and ancient craftsmanship aboard the Hokuriku Shinkansen, revealing the secrets of wasabi farming, drum-making, and the cutting-edge future of this iconic train.

Japan's Shinkansen is the world's most punctual long-distance express train. And it takes us to the most beautiful places in Japan.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen takes its guests from the hyper-modern, glittering metropolis of Tokyo to Kanazawa, right in the heart of traditional Japanese craftsmanship. The journey takes us past some of the most beautiful and original places in Japan: We visit a wasabi farmer, who initiates us into the secrets of the most demanding cultivated plant in the world. In a 400-year-old drum factory, we are there when one of the last giant taiko drums in the world is built. We also take a look behind the scenes of the record-breaking train: We sit in the cockpit with one of the youngest Shinkansen pilots in the country who lets us take a test drive with an almost perfect Shinkansen of the future. A voyage of discovery with the high-tech super train into the soul of Japanese craftsmanship.

Episodic Synopsis:
Episode 1: From Tokyo to the Sea of Japan  
Episode 2: From Osaka to the South of Japan


Programme Details

2 x 60'
National Geographic