How fast is the Shinkansen?

Oh, that's bullet train in Japan
by Vernon B. Sarne | Dec 7, 2011

The Shinkansen

Japan is a high-tech country that is a world leader in transportation. Obviously, they make some of the best automobiles on the planet, but they also boast another amazing mode of mobility: the Shinkansen. That's "bullet train" in Nippon-speak, by the way (although literally it means "new trunk line").

We've read much about the Shinkansen. That's how we know it's ultra-fast: It can travel as much as 300kph! Yes, as fast as a Formula 1 car. Did we mention that the Shinkansen is a solid-built train, consisting of eight to 16 coaches? Let's just say you won't have much luck racing it even if you drive a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.

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Anyway, on a recent trip to Japan, we just had to marvel again at the sheer pace of the Shinkansen. We even took a video of it--a video that ended up to be too short because of how fast the Shinkansen zipped by us. And even watching the video won't give you an accurate idea of the bullet train's insane speed. But it's worth seeing nevertheless. If nothing else, it will give you an idea of the stuff a developing country like the Philippines is missing.

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