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Considering train journey throughout Japan? you may find rail passes (not only JR but some useful local rail passes) at this page, and hereunder has some trains that you shouldn't miss!
Shiki-Shima by JR East
Seven Stars by JR Kyushu
Mizukaze by JR West
Joyful Trains by JR East
Chuo Shinkansen (Magnetic Levitation)
Now under construction by JR Tokai (JR Central). Liner motor car or Maglev opens 2027 between Shinagawa (in Tokyo) and Nagoya. 505km/h cannot wait if you are late (>_<)
The railway museum (in Omiya, 30km north of Tokyo)
Operated by JR East, it is the heaven for train fans (^_^) also for bonsai fans.
SCMAGLEV and railway park (in Nagoya)
Operated by JR Tokai (JR Central), it is another heaven for train fans (^_^) also for Totoro fans to visit the house of Satsuki and Mei (May) ....... by the way, Satsuki is May in Japanese.
Hokkaido Shinkansen
Similar to Euro Star, this bullet train goes through long tunnel under the channel called Tsugaru Kaikyo. It is 53km long, maximum speed is only 160km/h because slow freight train also uses this tunnel. Full speed and full length (up to Sapporo) will be available soon!
Tohoku Shinkansen
The fastest train in Japan at 320km/h. Hayabusa is faster than Nozomi and than Mizuho. JR Pass holders cannot ride Nozomi nor Mizuho, but you may enjoy the fastest Hayabusa on Tohoku Shinkansen (and all the way to Hokkaido at reduced speed).
Joetsu Shinkansen
The double-deck Shinkansen runs only on this line throughout Japan.
Hokuriku Shinkansen
Old name is Nagano Shinkansen, finally connects one of the biggest city in Hokuriku area, so they changed the name. It will be extended to Tsuruga and Kyoto soon!
Tokaido Shinkansen
Oldest Shinkansen in Japan, born in 1964. There were only Hikari and Kodama, but now Nozomi (the fastest one at 285km/h) joined. JR Pass holders cannot take Nozomi.
Sanyo Shinkansen
San = mountain, Yo = sun (yang), and second fastest Shinkansen. Both Nozomi and Mizuho goes speed of 300km/h.
Kyushu Shinkansen
First opened only Kumamoto and Kagoshima-chuo, but now connected through Sanyo Shinkansen at Hakata. JR Pass holders can enjoy Sakura (with green car) and Tsubame (without green car) but not Mizuho. Nagasaki will be connected in future.
And here's the complete map of whole Shinkansen in Japan.
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