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In the nearly 60 years since the Tōkaidō Shinkansen began running between Tokyo and Osaka, Japan’s high-speed train service has expanded into a broad network of routes that stretches across the nation, and the famous “bullet train” continues to grow.

Shinkansen Routes in Operation

* The Yamagata and Akita Shinkansens connect to Tokyo via the Tōhoku Shinkansen line. They are known as mini-shinkansens as they run on existing railway lines that have been converted to 1,435 mm gauge to accommodate the faster trains.

New Shinkansen Lines Planned or Under Construction

(Originally published in October 2014. Last updated on September 22, 2022. Banner photo © Kimura Takuma.)

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