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Saturday, July 09, 2011

Sakura Bullet Train

Sakura Bullet Trainさくら新幹線

Since March 12, distant Kagoshima has been become a lot more accessible to residents of western Japan.

The new Kyushu bullet train line, which runs from Hakata to Kagoshima, is hugely popular. This line is directly connected to trains that run north to Shin Osaka, and onward.

The trip from Shin Osaka, whence the Sakura bullet train departs, now takes three hours forty-five minutes.

Compared to flying, with its waiting time and the one hour trip from Kagoshima Airport to downtown, the trip from Kansai by train is just as fast - and a lot more convenient.

The Sakura bullet train is elegant, both inside and out. In some areas, there is wooden paneling.

En route, the train stops at Shin Kobe, Okayama, Ogura, Hakata, and Kumamoto.

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