Though maybe not quite matching Shinkansen comfort levels, the Haruka Express Train between Kansai International Airport and Kyoto is certainly comfortable enough and is the fastest train between those 2 points.
The trains used for the Haruka service lack the Shinkansen’s high-speed tilt mechanism that helps negate centrifugal force on curves, but traveling on local tracks the Haruka never picks up enough speed to need it. The Haruka run into Kyoto from the Osaka area’s Kansai International Airport takes about an hour and 15 minutes.
Photo Details: I was able to comfortably walk around the train during the entire journey. This is a regular seat car, but there is no difference in the reserved seat cars which I walked through as well. There seems to be no need to pay the 500 yen premium to get a reserved seat. You will be no better off and no more comfortable during the ride.
Normally, you’ll find maps just below all the photo entries here showing the precise spot where each photo was taken. I still had some data in my geotagging device after my first experimentation with it in the Gunnison Gorge in Colorado just before leaving for Japan, and I didn’t have time to figure out how to get it in my computer before this trip so I could reset the device.
[It turned out to be a very complicated Rube Goldberg-esque procedure.]
For photos #8, #9, and #10, I’m just tagging Osaka with different levels of zoom and different types of maps, since that is the area I was passing through on the train when these 3 photos were taken.
To learn more about geotagging your own photos, visit LearningtoGeotag.com.