January 30, 2011
JR East has recently announced that its newest shinkansen bullet train of the E5 series will start running in Japan on March 5th.
Last spring, when we took a closer look at the train, the name was still unknown but now we know that the aerodynamic monster will be nicknamed Hayabusa (meaning ‘falcon’ in English).
The brochure (scanned PDF available here) shows some very nice pictures of the prestigious interior and includes the official timetable.
The train, which will operate on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line, will transport you between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori in the north of Japan — a distance of about 670 km or 416 miles — in 3 hours and 10 minutes. The main stops will be in the cities of Omiya, Sendai, Hachinohe and Morioka.
Fares will be competitive with highway tolls which you would have to pay when traveling the same distance by car. For example, a one-way ticket between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori will cost 16,370 yen (roughly 146 EUR or $199).
For the official Hayabusa shinkansen web site, click here.