Japan has advanced its modern infrastructure with the prestigious bullet train system: The line is now extended in north and south, connecting the route from the North tip of Honshu Island to the South tip of Kushu Iskand, and opening more beautiful and historic destinations.
To the North
The 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. In December, 2010, the line opened 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
In addition to the northern region, the bullet train has been extended on the southern island of Kyushu in March, 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 is now 159.7 mile long between Hakata and the southern most city Kagoshima. The new extension of the line enabled 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 is now 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.
Posted on August 26th, 2011 by JNTO Friends
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