#522 Hokkaido Shinkansen

Finally, Japan’s main island – Honshu – will be linked to Hokkaido by high speed rail.

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The construction work connecting the two islands began in 2005 through an undersea tunnel.

Shinkansen bullet trains already connect Kyushu and Honshu islands, and are a common way to go between Hiroshima, Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo.

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The line from Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto will open on March 26th 2016.

The completed line will continue on to the capital of Hokkaido, Sapporo city, and be finished in 2030.

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Flying from Tokyo may still be quicker and easier, especially for the Snow Festival in Sapporo. But, it’ll be really convenient for those in northern Honshu!

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