New Tokyo–Hokkaido Bullet Train Line Opens

Travel time between Tokyo and Hokkaido is now shorter by 53 minutes with the new service.
Travel time between Tokyo and Hokkaido is now shorter by 53 minutes with the new service.

Fifty two years after it first opened, Japan’s Shinkansen bullet-train this week began operating direct services from Tokyo to the northernmost island of Hokkaido, Hakodate. Traveling through the Seikkan tunnel, the 92-mile trip will take four hours and 20 minutes to be completed, 53 minutes shorter than the current fastest transportation available connecting the two destinations. With over 20 million foreign tourists visiting the country last year, plans to further extend high-speed rail to more corners of the country frequented by tourists have been made with the region of Sapporo next on the list over the next 15 years in a bid to boost the economy in outskirt cities linked by the bullet train.

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