Japan’s new Series E7 bullet train: Understated, luxurious

The Series E7 will do up to 160 mph on the Hokuriku Shinkansen railway, which links Tokyo and the Sea of Japan.

(Credit: JR East)

Japan just can’t get enough shiny, new trains.

While California is up to its eyeballs in legal battles over its proposed high-speed railway, Japan is adding another branch to its extensive bullet train network, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.

Operator JR East has begun tests of its swishy new Series E7 bullet train, which starts runs from Tokyo to Nagano in the spring, then the Sea of Japan coastal area in 2015, and possibly Osaka after 2025.

With a top speed of only 160 mph, the E7 is far from the fastest in the bullet train fleet, but it tries to make up for that with gorgeous looks.

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