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Extension of the Bullet Train

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New York, New York, October 25: Japan will advance its modern infrastructure with the prestigious bullet train system: The line will be extended in north and south, opening more beautiful and historic destinations.

To the North
nebutaThe Tohoku line, which was first implemented in 2002, is going to be extended to more northern in Honshu Island, the main island of the Japanese archipelago.  Beginning on December 4, 2010, the line opens to Shin-Aomori, a new train hub in Aomori prefecture, the home of Fuji apple.  The new shinkansen takes travelers to the beautiful northern country from Tokyo just in 3 hours and 20 minutes.  Aomori is also a place for the largest summer festival in Japan:  Nebuta Festival celebrating short summer, draws 3 million people between August 2 and 7 every year.  Traditional magnificent lantern floats are over 16 feet tall, and they parade through energetic chants of participants.

To the South
shinkansenIn addition to the northern region, the bullet train will be available on the southern island of Kyushu from March 12, 2011.  This new line connects Hakata, the very end of the original bullet train from Tokyo, and the existing service in southern half of the island.

The complete line will be 159.7 mile long between Hakata and the southern most city Kagoshima.  The new extension of the line enables travelers to experience south western Japan with rich history, potteries and culinary culture.  From Shin-Osaka to the final stop of Kagoshima-Chuo, the traveling time will be 3 hours and 45 minutes, 77 minutes shorter than the current service.  The new connecting line makes Kyushu’s historic landmarks and nature within an easier reach:  Kumamoto Castle, built in the 15th century has very unique ninja-proof walls.  Kagoshima, at the end of the line, is the gateway to Japan’s traditional sand bath in Ibusuki.

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