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Wednesday, 16th September 2009
In Japan Travel News,

Writer praises efficiency of bullet trains

Tourists could find that they are able to explore Japan in two weeks if they travel via the country's world-renowned bullet train, it has been claimed.

Writing for the Times, Katie Bowman noted that despite not staying in the area, she was able to visit Kobe to eat its famous beef as the bullet train from where she was staying takes just 13 minutes.

"It takes longer than that to walk to my local pizzeria and wait for a Quattro Stagione," she quipped.

She noted that she "never dreamed" it would be so easy to explore cities which are off-the-beaten track in Japan, such as Kobe and Osaka, but with the aid of the bullet train she was able to widely explore.

Ms Bowman pointed out that the Japanese bullet train is never late and allowed her to visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Kinosaki and Kobe.

The first bullet train - the Tokaido Shinkansen - was created in 1964 and linked Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka.

Written by Mark Smith.