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Snack Cart Service Discontinued On Japan's Tokyo-Osaka Bullet Train


Snack cart service discontinued on Japan's Tokyo-Osaka bullet train after several years of serving travelers the convenience of ordering coffee, ice cream, and meals from attendants driving snack carts. These mouthwatering delights have been indulged in while iconic landmarks like Mount Fuji have zipped by in the background.

The well-liked onboard snack cart service that runs between Tokyo and Osaka will, however, be discontinued as of the 31st of October due to an upcoming labor shortage as well as an increasing trend for passengers to purchase food prior to boarding.

The well-known onboard snack cart facilities will be phased out gradually, according to a recent announcement made by Central Japan Railway. These services are staffed by formally dressed individuals who skillfully maneuver their shopping carts through the train's corridors while offering passengers a variety of beverages and light refreshments. When entering and leaving the train carriage, they show respect by bowing to the conductor.

Since the Shinkansen, more often known as the bullet train, was first introduced in 1964 - the same year that the Tokyo Olympics were held for the first time - snack and meal sales have been an essential component of this high-speed rail system. On the other hand, the precise beginning date of the cart services has not yet been determined.

A white bullet train waiting on the railway
A white bullet train waiting on the railway

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The statement elicited a depressing outpouring of responses on the internet, with "Super-Cold Shinkansen Ice Cream" soon climbing to the fifth spot on the X platform, which was once known as Twitter. Within a few short hours after the news broke, the phrase "In-Train Service" had already climbed to the sixth position on the trending list.

“I remember that I enjoyed the ice cream every time I got on the train, and when I jumped on the last train without eating, I was saved by the sandwiches sold there,” one user said.

According to the announcement made by the train operator, beginning on November 1st, customers traveling in first-class vehicles will have the ability to use QR codes to place their orders for food and beverages.

“While cost reductions are important for a company, on-board snack cart services are also important for the enjoyment of the traveler’s experience,” another user wrote.

Will it therefore be necessary for passengers to bear the discomfort of going hungry while they are in transit? Certainly not in every case. Between the years 2008 and 2018, the number of outlets serving food at or near train stations increased by 16%. This provided passengers with the chance to stock up on snacks and beverages prior to boarding their trains.


The move shouldn't have too much of an impact on travel, unless you're taking the bullet train from Tokyo to Osaka just because you're there for the food. And just think, you won't have to worry about tucking in those elbows any more when the trolley comes by.

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