The Shinkansen bullet train is the best way to travel long distances in a short amount of time.
And it looks awesome.
Top speeds of 320km per hour.
Planned expansion to cover from Sapporo Hokkaido to Nagasaki in Kyushu.
The tickets can be expensive: ranging from non-reserved seating free-for-alls to green car luxury reserved seats.
But the travel time difference is immense.
Example: a 3 hour local train ride from Okayama to Hiroshima takes just 30 minutes.