You Can Have Free Alcohol Refills on Japan’s New Bullet Train
Yesterday, Japan debuted its Hayabusa high-speed train with a trip from Tokyo to Aomori, a rural area on the northern tip of Japan. Also called the “Falcon” (はやぶさ or ”hayabusa” literally means “peregrine falcon”), the bullet train will service this route at the neck-breaking speed of 300 kilometers per hour (equivalent to 186 miles per hour).
Hayabusa’s interior includes one luxury carriage, a fact that has been pushed by the East Japan Railway Company‘s (JR East) advertising campaign with its excellent but syntactically suspicious slogan, “Made in Dream.” Modeled on an airliner’s business class, the 18-seat “Gran Class” car will include reclining leather seats, wool carpets, and a train attendant. Snacks and free drinks will be served, including alcohol. And get this: refills are allowed, according to a JR East spokesperson.
Currently, Habayusa’s speed matches the older N700 series which services the Tokyo-Osaka route. Starting in 2012, though, Hayabusa will increase its traveling speed to 320 kilometers per hour (nearly 200 miles per hour)!
See an advertisement for the train below:
Still, though, Japan doesn’t have anything on China, which tested a passenger train capable of going 302 miles an hour this past December!
What do you think of the new train’s look? And do you think the US, with its proposed high speed rail funding, will catch up anytime soon? Let us know in the comments below.
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