More commonly referred to as the “bullet train” the Shinkansen is a high-speed railway that navigates around Japan. Consisting of over 2,387 km, it travels at a speed of 240-320 km/h. It connects the major cities of the Island of Kyushu and Honshu. One of the most convenient and quick forms of transportation, it is a popular system for many around Japan. It extends from the major cities out to the suburbs, being an excellent way to make your way around Japan.

Tokaido Shinkansen

Description The Tokaido Shinkansen is a motor line that operates between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. The attraction of it is its incredible speeds. A high speed rail line, it was opened in 1984 and continues to be a great way to travel to and from. It is 50% faster than the highest speed express train in Japan and if nothing worse, well worth the experience to at least hop on for a ride while you are visiting.

Sanyo Shinkansen

Description The Sanyo Shinkansen is a railway that connects Shin-Osaka to Hakara Station located in Fukuoka. The thing that makes it so outstanding, and something that you will want to add to your to-do list is that it is a high speed railway. It allows you to go between the two destinations at speeds of over 190 miles per hour. Operating throughout the day you can check the schedule online and hop on a rail to get the experience of a lifetime.

Tohoku Shinkansen

Description The Tohoku Shinkansen is one of the high speed railways located in Japan that connects Japan to Amomori located in Amomori Prefecture, which is over 419 miles away. It is the longest railway line, and one which travels at great speeds. It allows you to go between these two destinations at a fraction of the time that it would take with any other transportation method. Something to behold, if you need to travel between definitely give it a try for the sheer amazement of it.

Joetsu Shinkansen

Description One of the many high speed railway lines the J?etsu Shinkansen travels between Tokyo and Niigata. It has train services which go between the two destinations which travel throughout the day. Reaching your destination at a fraction of the time other traditional transports would take, it is something you should give a try. For schedule and times you are able to go to the website to see a listing, but the trains run frequently throughout the day.

Nagano Shinkansen (Hokuriku Shinkansen)

Description A true treasure and feat of the Japanese is the Nagano Shinkansen (Hokuriku Shinkansen). It is a high speed railway that runs between the Takasaki and Nagano located in Japan. The Hokuiku Shinkansen line is currently under construction, but this railway system is something to behold. It was constructed for the 1998 winter olympics to transport the athletes and visitors quickly, but still is in operation for the inhabitants of Japan. The train travels at speeds of 190 miles per hour making it a quick trip back and forth.

Kyushu Shinkansen

Description The Kyushu Shinkansen is a railway line that travels at speeds of over 190 miles per hour. Different than any other form of transportation in Japan, it gets you from Fukuoka and Kagoshima located in Kyushu in a fraction of the time of any other method. It is an extension of the Sanyo Shinkansen Honshu line, and began in operation in 2004. It gets you between these two destinations at lightening speed, literally. Although damaged by the earthquake it is operational once again.

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