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Your Guide to riding the Hello Kitty Shinkansen in Japan

Calling all Hello Kitty fans and travelers seeking a unique Japanese experience! Buckle up for a ride on the purrfectly delightful Hello Kitty Shinkansen, a bullet train transformed into a rolling homage to the iconic character. This guide will whisk you through everything you need to know about this charming train, from its route and schedule to onboard features and booking tips.

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What is the Hello Kitty Shinkansen?

The Hello Kitty Shinkansen is a special edition bullet train operated by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). It operates on the Sanyo Shinkansen line, connecting Shin-Osaka Station in Osaka to Hakata Station in Fukuoka, offering a delightful travel option through western Japan.

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Use your JR Pass on the Hello Kitty Shinkansen

Great news! The Hello Kitty Shinkansen can be accessed using a Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass), making it a budget-friendly option for travelers with one. Another great thing to keep in mind, seat reservations are included with your JR Pass for this service and all other Shinkansen trains for that matter.

Individual Ticket Bookings: If you don’t have a JR Pass, tickets can be purchased at most JR stations and in Shinkansen Ticket Machines in Japan. We have a step-by-step video tutorial on how to use the Shinkansen Ticket Machines.

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What makes it special?

Adorable exterior: The train’s exterior is a showstopper, painted a vibrant pink and adorned with giant Hello Kitty decals.

Hello Kitty themed interior: Step inside and be transported into a world of Hello Kitty! Expect cute decorations, Hello Kitty-shaped headrests, and even Hello Kitty announcements.

Regional flair: Each car features a unique design representing a specific region along the route, showcasing local mascots and Hello Kitty dressed in regional attire.

Shopping: Purchase souvenirs while on the bullet train, unique for the Hello Kitty Shinkansen.

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Beyond the Hello Kitty Shinkansen

Your Hello Kitty Shinkansen journey is just the beginning! Explore the vibrant cities along the route, each with its own distinct charm and cultural offerings. Experience the energetic spirit of Osaka, known for its delicious street food and lively nightlife. Visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and learn about the city’s history. Immerse yourself in the culinary delights of Kyushu Island while in Fukuoka and explore historical sites like Fukuoka Castle. The train will stop at Hakata Station.

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Planning tips

Reserve your seats: Especially during peak seasons, reserving seats in advance is highly recommended.

Factor in travel time: While the Hello Kitty Shinkansen is slower than express trains, the extra stops allow for more sightseeing opportunities.

Embrace the Cuteness! This train is all about Hello Kitty fun. Relax, take photos, and enjoy the unique experience.

Shin-Osaka & Hakata

Hello Kitty Shinkansen Timetable

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An unforgettable journey

Riding the Hello Kitty Shinkansen is more than just a train ride; it’s an unforgettable adventure into the world of Hello Kitty and the captivating cities of western Japan. So, pack your bags, grab your Hello Kitty ears, and get ready for a purrfectly delightful journey!

Don’t forget your Japan Rail Pass before you leave for Japan. Save both time and money with unlimited use of JR’s Shinkansen bullet trains, local and express lines.

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