Japan from south to north
While in Germany, since the year 1931, steam-powered high-speed trains with a maximum speed of 160 km/h (99.4 miles per hour) were already in operation, many countries were still far from operating such fast rail links. Japan carried out intensive research and development for high-speed trains starting in 1959, and the first Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka was opened to traffic as early as 1964, just in time for the Summer Olympics. At that time, the twelve-car Class 0 multiple units reached maximum speeds of 210 km/h (130.5 mph). Today’s modern variants reach top speeds of over 400 km/h (250 mph), with the maximum speed of the rail network limited to 360 km/h (224 mph). This makes the Shinkansen trains the fastest trains in use in the world.
Auf dieser Reise wirst du Japan auf eine ganz besondere Art und Weise erkunden können, nämlich auf den Hochgeschwindigkeitsstrecken des Shinkansen-Streckennetzes, vom Süden der Insel Kyushu, über Honshu, bis zur nördlichsten Hauptinsel Hokkaido. Natürlich fliegst du dabei ständig über dicht besiedeltes Gebiet. However, this also has the advantage that there is something special to see everywhere, although only a few special features can be discussed on this trip.
The difficult part of this trip is to really follow the route. There are apparently no obstacles for the Shinkansen; mountains or ranges – it disappears underneath and only reappears a few miles later. Suddenly, a small town or village is in the way – the track disappears under it. Over long distances, the rail line cannot be seen. So a map is urgently needed to determine at which point the rail line reaches the earth’s surface again. Should you still get lost, the GPS course will bring you safely to the next station or airport.
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