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Riding Japan's Amazing Shinkansen

by Bob Kerstetter

Developed during a time when other nations expected the demise of passenger rail service, the Japanese Shinkansen ideally meets many of the passenger transportation needs of this densely populated mountainous country. Among these needs, the bullet train supplies a quick and economical way for visitors to travel Japan.

Read our full article on the Shinkansen.

Also see Village Hiker’s original Shinkansen-related photos.



At Kitakami Station the Shinkansen conductor makes sure all passengers clear the train before the train continues to the next stop. The Shinkansen holds a perfect record of passenger safety since the first train ran in 1964.

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