Feeling like a ride full of kawainess?
Now you could get it at the Hello Kitty-themed bullet train in Japan.
Japan’s Shinkansen train operator, West Japan Railway Co. Ltd has unveiled its new Hello Kitty Shinkansen bullet train. The train is already now available for riding.
It will continue to run for the next three months.Aimed at revitalizing regional communities in western Japan, the trains will make stops at each station between Shin-Osaka and Hakata in Fukuoka city in western Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture.
Two 500 series Shinkansen bullet trains, coating them in Hello Kitty designs are in service. The livery is decorated in pink ribbons and Hello Kitty’s signature bow — a design meant to represent the campaign’s goal of connecting travelers with destinations in the regions.
How to ride the Hello Kitty train
Travelers hoping to board the Hello Kitty Shinkansen can find the timetable on http://www.jr-hellokittyshinkansen.jp/train/
Passengers can ride the train with a regular train ticket, purchased in advance or on the day of the travel. https://www.jrailpass.com/blog/hello-kitty-shinkansen
A special Hello Kitty café (open on June 1) and a souvenir shop (open on June 30) selling exclusive merchandises related to Hello Kitty Shinkansen will open at Hakata Station.
Car 1, named Hello! Plaza, is dedicated to exhibitions showcasing various regional products and attractions. Passengers can buy souvenirs and specialty products here too.
The first region to be highlighted is Sanin, home to the Shimane and Tottori prefectures.
Eight original Hello Kitty designs have been unveiled — each Hello Kitty is holding a local product representing each of the prefectures the train visits. For example, there’s a green apple for Tottori prefecture and a black shell for Shimane prefecture.
Other prefectures to be featured include Osaka, Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi and Fukuoka.
Watch the Hello Kitty bullet train premier video here!