Here’s a tour for those who seriously love trains and believe in their future — as I do.
It’s an intensive, 13-day look at everything on Japan’s rails, from ultra-high speedsters to trams. It runs Sept. 27-Oct. 9.
A quick perusal of the 18-page brochure (get a PDF copy by clicking here) sets my heart aflutter.
- A trip on the world’s latest high-speed train— the Hokkaido shinkansen — through the Seikan Tunnel to Hakodate
- Express and local train rides through the countryside of Yamagata and Akita prefecture
- Hiroshima streetcar and interurban train rides
- Behind-the-scenes bullet-train tours: a factory, maintenance facility and control center
- Precision cleaning-crew “ballet,” as it turns around a just-arrived shinkansen in 7 minutes
The IRT Society operates the tour on behalf of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association — a great organization.
In the past, we’ve run similar MWHSR study tours to France, Spain, France and Spain, Germany and China.
We purposely keep the numbers small, and we have many repeat travelers.
So shake a leg if you’re interested. Call (800) 478-4881, (502) 897-1725; email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
P.S.: Our opening photo is a JR Kyushu bullet train – NOT on the tour, but available as an add-on before or after the main tour.
Also available to those interested: VERY hard-to-get space on the world’s latest luxury rail sensation: the Cruise Train Seven Stars in Kyushu. Note: this offer only available to participants on the Japan High Speed Rail tour.