Monday, 7th March 2011
In Japan Travel News,
New bullet train launched
A new bullet train has debuted in Japan and will connect Tokyo and Aomori two times a day.
The Hayabusa or Falcon is able to travel up to 186mph and offers a range of luxury accommodation to business travellers as well as being based on airlines.
For £200, passengers can take a one-way trip on their train and enjoy their own cabin attendant and luxury aircraft business class-style seats.
Mutsutake Otsuka, chairman of East Japan Railway Company, said: "To the best of our ability, we will strive to improve Hayabusa's passenger comfort, safety and environmental friendliness, not just its sped."
It is expected that from 2011, the train will increase its top speed to 200mph to become Japan's fastest train.
First introduced in 1964, the bullet trains are a key part of the Japanese transport network and producers are now hoping to expand demand from overseas markets such as Brazil and Vietnam.
Written by Mark Smith.
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