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Monday, 22nd September 2014
In Japan Travel News,

Bullet trains now travel faster than ever
Japan's Shinkansen or bullet trains, represented the first high-speed rail network in the world, reaching speeds of up to 130 miles per hour on a line that sped passengers from mad and chaotic Tokyo to bustling foodie capital Osaka.

Nobody in the world had seen anything like it, but that speed is starting to look very outdated indeed, with engineers confirming that they have entered the final testing stage for a Shinkansen train that will be able to speed across the country at 161 miles per hour - an increase of more than 30 miles per hour.

The news is impressive indeed, Japan East Rail saying that the train will be able to obtain its top speed just five minutes after leaving the city of Kanazawa.

Japan's bullet trains are legendary among rail fanatics, with their calm cosy atmospheres, extensive legroom and highly professional staff members a world away from the likes of National Rail in Britain.

Those hoping to travel the fastest bullet trains will want to make a journey from Tokyo to Kanazawa from March 2015, when a new route will open all the way to the Sea of Japan coast.

The line is an extension of the existing Hokuriku Shinkansen line, which currently allow trains to travel from Tokyo to Nagano. In order to reach Kanazawa, a further 230 kilometres of track has been laid.

Shinkansen services are a popular way to travel between cities in Japan, with commonly-used routes being from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka on the south coast, and also to Hiroshima, made famous thanks to the Atomic Bomb.

While bullet trains are a fantastic way to travel, they are notoriously expensive and any tourists embarking on intercity travel is advised that it may be cheaper to purchase the Japan Rail Pass before entering the country. These allow for unlimited travel during a selected period of time, but must be acquired outside of Japan's borders.

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