Alfa-X Shinkansen: The 400 km/h Bullet Train

The next generation of Shinkansen bullet trains has already begun testing. The state-of-the-art ‘Alfa-X’ travels up to 400 km/h (almost 250 mph!) and has a range of groundbreaking features. Journalists were first treated to a trial run of the experimental craft on 27th October 2020, between Sandai and Morioka stations on the JR East Tohoku Shinkansen line, which links Tokyo with Aomori Prefecture in the north of Honshu, Japan’s largest island.

When Will Japan Lift the Travel Ban?

The Japanese government has eased some COVID-19 restrictions in recent months. However, Japan’s borders currently remain closed to international tourists. Although it has not yet been confirmed when Japan will lift the travel ban, there are hopes that international tourism could restart soon.

Visiting Daisetsuzan National Park in Hokkaido

Daisetsuzan National Park is a huge, rugged wilderness area on Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido. Established in 1934, it is a popular destination for hiking and camping, and one of the first places in the country to welcome both fall foliage and snowfall in the autumn. One of the most mountainous and biggest national parks in the entire country, Daisetsuzan is larger than some Japanese prefectures and is home to a variety of rare species of flora and fauna. Daisetsuzan means “great snowy mountains” in Japanese, and the indigenous Ainu people of Hokkaido also call the area Kamui Mintara,  meaning “playground … Continue reading “Visiting Daisetsuzan National Park in Hokkaido”

Shikoku Region: Japan travel guide

The smallest of Japan’s four main islands, Shikoku is a unique region of the country rich in culture and natural beauty. Known for its beautiful coastlines on the Pacific Ocean and Seto Inland Sea, its delicious sanuki udon noodles, and the Shikoku Pilgrimage to 88 Buddhist temples around the island, Shikoku has something for every visitor.