N700 series was introduced for Kyushu Shinkansen in this past March. The fleet is the newest and the fastest on Kyushu and Sanyo Shinkansen. If you will use Japan Rail Pass, you may take this train as Sakura from Shin-Osaka to Hakata, Kumamoto or Kagoshima-Chuo.
This series is basically on same types of N700 series on Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen. But this series is strictly called N700-7000/8000. The exterior is not much different between N700 and N700-7000/8000. But the interior is quite different. This N700-7000/8000 is much better than original N700. Of course this has the best facility on Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen. Some of my frequent visitors rate Green class of this series higher than even the highest seat in Japan, Glan class of E5 series on Tohoku Shinkansen. Let’s see the interior images of this beautiful train.
If you are looking for the general informations about these Shinkansens, please read Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen or Kyushu Shinkansen. If you are looking for the images of other trains on Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen, please see the post, Sanyo Shinkansen image gallery or Kyushu Shinkansen. You can find some images of 800 series on Kyushu Shinkansen. This series is used for most of Tsubame between Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo.
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This Green class seat is rated so high by the passengers. There are only 24 seats in one train formation. The seat pitch is 1160mm and the seat configuration is 2+2. This is a Shinkansen standard. This seat is the same type of original N700 series’ “Synchronized Comfort Seat”. But this is more developed than N700s’ seat. New designed leg rest is added. Refined and soft color interior, such as indigo blue create an elegant atmosphere. Many wood materials give you more comfortableness.
The power outlet is equipped at the front end of arm rest for all seats. You can use this for using laptop or charging your batteries. Hot wet towel are included. Audio service is available in Kyushu area.
Reserved Ordinary Class
This class seat has a great value. This is same type of seat of Hikari Rail Star 700 series. The seat pitch is same as ordinary standard 1040mm. But the seat configuration is 2+2. The standard of ordinary class on Shinkansen is 2+3. So this is a huge difference. If you have Japan Rail Pass ordinary, don’t forget to make a reservation. There is a big difference between reserved ordinary and non-reserved ordinary.
The power outlet is equipped at the window side and the front row seats. You can use this for using laptop or charging your batteries.
Non reserved ordinary class seat is almost same as other Shinkansens’ trains. The seat pitch is 1040mm and the seat configuration is 2+3. It is the standard of Shinkansen trains. But the seat width of center seat for 3 is 460mm. The other seats’ width is 440mm. The power outlet is equipped at all window side seats and all first row seats. If you take Tsubame in Kyushu area, older 800 series has 2+2 seat configuration and gives you more comfortableness. Try to take 800 series.