The French have a train that rivals the bullet train; but then we're not studying France. We are discussing options of traveling from Tokyo to Misawa. We could fly, or we could ride the "Bullet Train" from Tokyo to Hachinohe (where someone from the chapel would meet us and take us to Misawa). The train would require finding another way to send our luggage ahead...and a bit longer of a trip....but doesn't it sound like a great adventure? What do you think? Plane or train? We've been told the Air Force will pay for either...the train is cheaper so they don't care if we do it. ::Snort:: Most fly?????
The Shinkansen (新幹線 ?) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan.The network has expanded to link most major cities on the islands of Honshū and Kyūshū at speeds up to 300 km/h (186 mph). Test runs have reached 443 km/h (275 mph) for conventional rail in 1996, and up to a world-record 581 km/h (361 mph) for maglev trainsets in 2003.
Shinkansen uses tunnels and viaducts to go through and over obstacles rather than around them.
The Tōkaidō Shinkansen is the world's busiest high-speed rail line. Carrying 375,000 passengers a day.
This is assuring, " During the Shinkansen's 44-year, nearly 7 billion-passenger history, there have been no passenger fatalities due to derailments or collisions, despite frequent earthquakes and typhoons."
This is not, "Injuries and a single fatality have been caused by doors closing on passengers or their belongings...". ::snort::
Facts from here....and verified in various children's books and videos we've been watching.
We've not been sharing the cool things we're discovering....but we'll schedule some to share as we work on our lap book.