After our one-night stay in Tokyo, our next destination was Kyoto. Prior to our trip, we had purchased the Japan Rail Pass (also called JR Pass), a universal train ticket that is issued by the Japan Railway Group that allows foreign visitors to travel by train for a certain amount of time. The JR Pass cannot be purchased in Japan so you must take care of this before you enter the country (find all details and conditions here). To have a maximum of flexibility and space for us and our luggage (which included our Bugaboo Bee 3 stroller), we went for the green option. Being a bit more expensive, it gave us access to more spacious and comfortable seats (they do recline !), much less crowded coaches and hot towels as a welcome gesture. What a bliss !
We were really amazed on how organised the how train business is in Japan. For instance, when reserving our seats we were given a number for the according coach. We then had to wait in line (which everyone did) and the train with the correct coach number stopped right in front of it. Every time. There was no chaos. For me as a German who is used to the horrible service by the Deutsche Bahn this was heaven!