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Tōkaidō Shinkansen (東海道新幹線) is the original Shinkansen line that opened in 1964 between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka. It is operated by the Central Japan Railway Company. Image File history File links Tokaido-Shinkansen. ... Image File history File links Tokaido-Shinkansen. ... Shinkansen 0 Series at Fukuyama Station, April 2002 Shinkansen 500 Series at Kyoto Station, March 2005 300 (Left) and 700 Series Shinkansen at Tokyo Station The Shinkansen (Japanese: 新幹線) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... Tokyo Station Tokyo Station (東京駅; -eki) is a train station located in the centre of Tokyo in the Marunouchi business district near the Imperial Palace grounds and somewhat to the north of the Ginza commercial district. ... Shin-Osaka Station (新大阪駅), or New Osaka Station, is a train station in Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, Japan. ... JR Central Towers in Nagoya The Central Japan Railway Company (東海旅客鉄道 JR Tōkai; JR 東海) is the main railway company operating in the Chubu (Nagoya) region of central Japan. ...


History

The Tokaido Shinkansen line was originally conceptualized in 1940 as a 150 km/h dedicated railway between Tokyo and Shimonoseki, which would have been 50% faster than the fastest express train of the time. The beginning of World War II stalled the project in its early planning stages, although a few tunnels were dug that were later used in the Shinkansen route. Long a symbol of Tokyo, the Nijubashi Bridge at the Kokyo Imperial Palace. ... Shimonoseki (下関市; -shi) is a city located in Yamaguchi, Japan. ... World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrination, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons such as the atomic bomb. ...


Construction of the line began in 1959 and completed in 1964, with the first train travelling from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka on October 1 of that year. The opening was timed to coincide with the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which had already brought international attention to the country. Originally the line was referred to in English as the New Tokaido Line. For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in Leap years). ... The Games of the XVIII Olympiad were held in 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. ...


The line carried its 100 millionth passenger in 1967, and its billionth in 1976.


Trains

There are three types of trains on the line: from fastest to slowest, they are the Nozomi, Hikari, and Kodama. Many continue onward to the Sanyo Shinkansen, going as far as Fukuoka's Hakata Station. Shinkansen 500 Series at Kyoto Station, April 2002 Inaugurated on March 14, 1992, Nozomi is the fastest train service running on the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. ... Shinkansen 300 Series passing through Maibara Station, April 2002 Hikari is one of the train services running on the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. ... Kodama is the slowest of the trains services running on the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. ... Sanyō Shinkansen (山陽新幹線; Sanyō Shinkansen) is a line of Shinkansen high speed rail, connecting Shin-Osaka with Hakata Station in Fukuoka, and it is operated by West Japan Railway Company. ... View of downtown Fukuoka as seen from an observation deck in Minami-ku, facing north. ... Hakata Station (博多駅) is the main railway terminal in Fukuoka city, Japan. ...


Train sets on the line include:

Shinkansen 300 Series passing through Maibara Station, April 2002 The 300 Series Shinkansen high-speed trainsets for Japans Shinkansen dedicated high-speed railways were introduced in 1992 on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines for use on the fastest Nozomi services, being capable of 270 km/h (168 mph). ... Shinkansen 500 Series at Kyoto Station, April 2002 The 500 Series Shinkansen are the fastest, most powerful and most expensive Japans Shinkansen high_speed rail network. ... 700 Series as Hikari Railstar at Shin_Osaka Station The 700 Series Shinkansen trainsets for Japans Shinkansen dedicated high-speed rail lines were built between 1997 and 2003, entering service in 1999. ... Categories: Stub | Shinkansen | Named passenger trains ...

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Shinkansen (Japanese Bullet Train) (589 words)
The Tokaido Shinkansen, connecting Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto and Osaka, was inaugurated in the year 1964 as the first shinkansen line and the world's first high speed train.
The southern half of the Kyushu Shinkansen, connecting Yatsushiro with Kagoshima, was inaugurated in March 2004.
Currently under construction are the further extension of the Tohoku Shinkansen to Aomori and the extension of the Nagano Shinkansen to Kanazawa.
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