It’s Spring, It’s Travel Time! If you plan to take a trip to Japan, Don’t Miss the cutest Hello Kitty Shinkansen bullet train ride!
Spring is here and it’s time for travel! If you are considering a trip to Japan and you have some time to move around beside Tokyo, why not taking a Hello Kitty Shinkansen bullet train exploring a area between Osaka and Hakata area?
The Hello Kitty Shinkansen – the cutest bullet train to grace our train tracks thus far – started its service on June 30, 2018. This Kodama train on the Sanyo Shinkansen with the special livery makes one round trip a day between Shin-Osaka and Hakata stations. It is the slowest category of shinkansen and stops at all the stations along the way, including popular destinations like Himeji and Hiroshima.
Check this video to see that it looks like inside the Hello Kitty Shinkansen!
There is also a cute, special lunch box called “The Hello Kitty Shinkansen Lunch Box (1,500yen)”!
The main course in this lunch box is sukiyaki, and the container is made of earthenware.
However, you only can get these at the Awajiya store in Kobe Station, Shin-Kobe Station or Nishi-Akashi Station, and sometimes they are sold out.
Therefore, if you really would like to get this special lunch, please make a reservation for it in the morning 3 days before you plan to ride the Shinkansen. **
*The JAPAN RAIL PASS is the most economical means of travelling throughout Japan by rail, offered by the six companies comprising the JR Group. Only tourists from abroad can use this pass on JR lines and the Shinkansen, EXCEPT for the Nozomi and Mizuho trains.
** Please check the website of Awajiya for the Hello Kitty Shinkansen Lunch Box (however, it’s only in Japanese for now).
Hello Kitty Shinkansen
“Kodama 730” departing from Hakata on 6:40 and arriving at Shin-Osaka on 11:13 and “Kodama 741” departing from Shin-Osaka on 11:29 and arriving at Hakata on 15:38 are the Hello Kitty Shinkansens.
Please purchase tickets from the website, ticket-vending machines, or the JR ticket counter.
The 2nd car decorated with Hello Kitty is for Unreserved seats.
※Please check for the detailed information about the Hello Kitty Shinkansen on the official website. https://www.jr-hellokittyshinkansen
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