Planning started before World War II. Some of the designs, concepts, and even the land acquired for the project date back to before the war, in the late 1930s
- It wasn't until two decades after original planning that ground first broke. In 1959, there was a ground breaking
ceremony near what is now Mishima Station. And they worked fast-- it only took 5 years to finish this line!October 1st, 1964
- The first (two) shinkansen ran on this day at 6 am. One Hikari bullet train started from Shin-Osaka
, and the other from Tokyo.
Did you know: the first shinkansen model, the 0 series, was in use until 1999!