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Potentially dirty and broken used shinkansen food/beverage carts on sale in Japan for ¥100,000

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

An era came to an end last October, as the Tokaido shinkansen ended in-car sales of food and beverages. According to Central Japan Railway Company (JR Tokai), which operates the bullet train line connecting Tokyo and Osaka, the change was prompted by, among other things, an increase in attractive and convenient food/drink takeaway options from vendors in and around the line’s train stations, resulting in more passengers sorting out their snacking and sipping requirements before boarding.

However, as anyone who’s had the pleasure can tell you, there was a certain special satisfaction that came from seeing carts of food and drink being wheeled down the train’s center aisle by JR’s snappily uniformed, politely polished sales staff and being served a delicious katsu sandwich, ice-cold can of beer, or super-hard cup of ice cream. To many travelers, the shinkansen food carts were symbols of a simple luxury that set the tone for the rest of their vacation, and they were sad to see them go.

But now those who are nostalgic for the Tokaido shinkansen food carts will have a chance to see them again, and in their own homes.


A total of 50 shinkansen service carts are being offered for sale by JR Central’s Retailing Plus division. These aren’t replicas, either, but actual food/beverage carts that were used on the bullet trains before their retirement last autumn.


In order to preserve that authenticity, the carts are being offered for sale as is. JR Central explicitly states that the carts will be “delivered [to buyers] with no cleaning, repainting, repairs, or confirmation of operational status performed,” and that no returns may be made for such related issues.

Used, possibly dirty and/or broken service carts are definitely a niche product, but given Japan’s large and enthusiastic communities of rail and travel fans, finding 50 buyers probably won’t be a problem. Because of that, the Shinkansen service carts are being offered on a lottery basis here through online marketplace Livepocket Ticket. Applications will be accepted between January 29 and February 5, with winners informed by email by February 7. The carts are priced at 100,000-yen yen each, with a limit of two per winner, and it appears that a formal commitment to pay in the case of winning the lottery is required at the time of entry.

Oh, and note that the price includes shipping within Japan, thus sparing you the trouble of having to go pick the cart up, but also the effort of resisting the urge to push it up and down the train while on your way home with it.

Source: Livepocket Ticket via IT Media

Images: Livepocket Ticket

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© SoraNews24

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Why did they stop this?! Those carts were very convenient if you wanted a coffee, an ice-cream or a small snack. And they had some Shinkansen only brands, such as special KitKats or Toppo sticks.

So disappointed.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

as anyone who’s had the pleasure can tell you, there was a certain special satisfaction that came from seeing carts of food and drink being wheeled down the train’s center aisle by JR’s snappily uniformed, politely polished sales staff and being served a delicious katsu sandwich, ice-cold can of beer, or super-hard cup of ice cream.

Oh please. I was too busy demolishing my 駅弁 to notice.

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

I usually sorted out my snacks prior from the station combini but on occasion would grab a chocolate or something from the cart, don’t remember then being too expensive either

1 ( +4 / -3 )

That was the great thing about these carts, they did have a good selection of things and the prices were quite reasonable. In other countries I'm sure the prices would have been double since the customer is kind of captive, much like how airlines charge outlandish prices for their food and drinks that can be purchased.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Things you can get for ¥100,000:

Multi-destination airplane tickets;

A quality used scooter/moped;

2 years of internet;

14 nights accommodation in a luxury 5 star hotel in Fiji;

1,300 meals in Cambodia;

A 50% chance of winning ¥200,000 yen at the roulette table;

... or a potentially dirty and/or broken used food/beverage cart.


3 ( +11 / -8 )

Had a couple of nice Columbia Coffees from them.

Top quality.

Think JR shouldn't have got rid of them.

The level of service is, after all, what makes Japan Japan.

Just following the Western way of cutting costs and making more money for its shareholders.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

Oh. That’s not cool. That service was really convenient. Every once in a while, I would forget a coffee or a snack, and that was always available.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

The frozen ice cream was great. It was so rock hard you could buy it from the cart leaving Kyoto and start eating it around Nagoya! Just exaggerating a little but you know what I mean..

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Some times it's not that easy to get a drink on the platform, some times your late, in a rush, loads of suitcases to carry and pull, then the train pulls in, and you've got to get on etc, so it can be a bit awkward trying to do this even without juggling a hot drink, but once your on the train and it's a two hour journey your a bit stuffed if you want a drink or snack, even if you get to the next station there is no time to get off and back on before it leaves, I enjoyed having a drink on the train, as for the price and chance to own one of these carts, it's a canny but if marketing! I am sure they will be all sold. I wonder if the price includes delivery to the uk ?

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Although pricier on board than the convenience store, getting coffee et-al from the cart was always part of the experience of traveling here.

It's a service that'll be missed.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Wild guess, that cart is 100,000 at cost brand new?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Perfect for the 'train' crazies, but it's also a sign of the times, JR shareholders must be getting desperate...

0 ( +2 / -2 )

The newer Kintetsu Ltd Express have a drink and snack machine in case you feel like a refreshment. On Hinotori you can get a yummy cup of coffee.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

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