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Upcoming Bullet Trains
- The Kyushu shinkansen opened a few years ago, in 2011,
- The Hokuriku shinkansen opened in march 2015, with access to Kanazawa.
- The Hokkaido shinkansen opened in march 2016
The West Kyushu Shinkansen
This new leg is scheduled to open in 2023.
The Hokkaido Shinkansen
Service to Sapporo will not begin for another 20 years, unfortunately, as construction on the second leg only began in 2012.