Snow slows Hokkaido Shinkansen in test-ride
Asahi -- Jan 29
An H5-series Shinkansen train was put through its paces Jan. 28, two months before the start of the first high-speed rail service in Japan's northernmost main island.

The Hokkaido Railway Co. (JR Hokkaido) bullet train left Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokuto, Hokkaido, at 10 a.m. bound for Kikonai Station in Kikonai, Hokkaido, 35.5 kilometers south.

The train boasts a maximum speed of 260 kph, but kept to 210 kph during the test-ride because of snow on the tracks. It took 13 minutes to make the journey.

Although almost half of the route between the two stations passes through tunnels, the vast Tsugaru Strait that separates Hokkaido and the main island of Honshu comes into view as the train glides into Kikonai Station.

News sources: Asahi, Kyodo
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