> The Japanese offering has always beaten ours. With or without wi-fi. Their trains are fast, comfortable, punctual, clean, have civil staff, etc, etc. I'd choose a Shunkansen over Scotrail every time.
^^^^ THIS !
Forget creature comforts such as plugs or WiFi. Just give me a damn Shinkansen quality service any day of the week !
Infact *all* Japanese rail beats anything in the UK. Even small local routes are punctual, clean and have civil staff. Compared to say the horrors of Northern Rail in the UK.
Oh and there's one other great thing about Japanese Rail. The food malls at the stations ! You can actually get decent food, not the sort of weird,claggy,greasy, mildly-damp and generally unhealthy specimen you find at UK stations.