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New Launch of Hokuriku Shinkansen (Bullet Train)


Travel at thrilling speeds in total comfort and experience the beauty of Japan aboard one of the world's most advanced high-speed trains when the Hokuriku Shinkansen (bullet train) opens its doors to new passenger service on March 14th, 2015. Connecting Tokyo and the historic capital of the Ishikawa prefecture, Kanazawa in approximately two and a half hours, the new route will provide quick access to the Hokuriku region and beyond.

Heading north and west from Tokyo on Japan's main island of Honshu, the new train route will provide ready access to the prefectures of Nagano, Niigata, Toyama, Gifu, Ishikawa and Fukui. Framed by the majestic Japanese Alps to the south and the fishing villages found along the Sea of Japan's picturesque coastline, the region offers a treasure trove of cultural excursions far off the beaten path. The Hokuriku region's culture and local craftsmanship have remained virtually unchanged over the course of time.



Japan's Shinkansen (bullet trains) offer everything you need to make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable with one of the world's safest, fastest and most reliable forms of transportation.


1. Safety: There have been no passenger fatalities since the Shinkansen first commenced operation in 1964.


2. Comfort: The Shinkansen's spacious passenger seats ensure a comfortable journey including double deck carriages and internet access.


3. Accuracy: Approximately 362,000 runs are made each year, and the average delay time per trip is within one minute, even including weather related delays! You never need to worry about missing connections.


4. Convenience: There are over 200 trains in the Tokaido-Sanyo line heading west towards Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima from Tokyo station every day as frequent as every 3-10 minutes starting from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. There are over 100 trains in the Tohoku line leaving Tokyo station heading north towards Aomori. The Shinkansen lines cover most of the travel destinations in Japan. This gives you tremendous flexibility as you arrange your travel plans. In addition, its lines are linked directly to other public transportation networks, offering greater convenience to travel throughout Japan.


5. And Fun! : One of the joys of travelling in Japan is eating local food. You may find great places to eat wherever you visit, but this experience is not limited to local restaurants, but extends to train stations or even in the bullet trains along the way that serve unique "ekiben". Ekiben are bento box meals which are specifically sold in railway stations or in the bullet trains throughout Japan at an average of $10 per box. While you are traveling 320 km an hour, enjoy the local specialties from the region you are vising or going through with "ekiben". It includes unique regional ingredients, which means you can only find certain ekiben in particular train stations or in the bullet trains.

The Hokuriku Shinkansen will open a new frontier for international tourism. Be among the first to experience this new line!

For more information about Hokuriku, visit here.

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