Japan's shinkansen (bullet train) is a true icon of the country: fast, stylish and safe.
In service since 1964 when it was developed for the Tokyo Olympics of that year, the shinkansen rail network now stretches between the northern and southern tips of the main Japanese island of Honshu and to Fukuoka on Kyushu and from there south to Kagoshima.
Shinkansen at a glance
2,459km of track
Carries around 370,000 people daily
Reaches speeds of 300km per hour
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