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Hello Kitty Shinkansen – the pink special bullet train in Japan

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Its not the first time that the West Japan Railyway Company (JR West) runs service with a special theme train. The previous anime series Evangelion themed train was running for a long period. Since last autumn the Hello Kitty train has replaced that popular service. Read more about our experience on that pink train and learn where it runs.

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The services operates on a regular Kodama service between Hakata and Osaka and vv. It leaves Hakata 6:42 and gets to Shin-Osaka at 11:13. The return service leaves Shin-Osaka 11:29 and it is back in Hakata at 15:38. (Update: This train is actually not running anymore)

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We stayed in Fukuoka and took a daytrip on a local train to Kokura for some sightseeing. On the way back we decided to hop on this very special pink Shinkansen back to Hakata (Fukuoka).

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Several of the cars feature a cute interior. Just perfect to shoot a few selfies. 

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In the Hakata station there is also a Hello Kitty cafe if you have time to kill before or after the ride on the train. Of if you are in need of some more selfies of course.

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Don’t forget to bring a cute souvenier along for a photo prop.

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