Good news, Hello Kitty lovers! JR West’s adorable Hello Kitty Shinkansen is set to debut this summer 2018 in Japan. This high-speed train will be wrapped in pink and white colors which will make it look fashionably cute. It will run on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line from Osaka’s Shin-Osaka Station to Fukuoka’s Hakata Station. This means that the current 500 Series Evangelion Shinkansen will stop its operation in May 2018.
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Everyone knows Sanrio’s Hello Kitty. She is such a popular character that there are a lot of cafes and restaurants, even sightseeing buses, with a Hello Kitty theme. The Double-Decker Hello Kitty Hato Bus features multiple images of the character in its interior and exterior. There are also many Hello Kitty-themed cafes such as Café de Miki with Hello Kitty in Tokyo.
You can also find Hello Kitty at the Keio-tama-center Station. It is one of the cutest stations in Tokyo and is considered a must-visit for Hello Kitty lovers. There’s also Sanrio Puroland, which is an indoor theme park home to Hello Kitty and her friends.
This is not the first time that West Japan Railway Company (JR West) used Hello Kitty as a theme in its trains. They have previously introduced a special Hello Kitty Wakayama Train in September 2014 which ran on the JR lines. The Hello Kitty design was used in order to show off the locality of the region as well as the cuteness of Japanese kawaii culture. It only ran for 33 days.
Since the 500 Series Evangelion Shinkansen will cease to operate in May 2018, another high-speed bullet train will be introduced. Sanrio’s Hello Kitty will be the main theme of the upcoming train, with designs including Hello Kitty’s bow.
In the first carriage, there will be a special room where passengers can learn about various regions in Japan. There will be displays promoting the regions’ appeals. Meanwhile, the second carriage will have stylish and cute decorations for everyone to enjoy. Moreover, various fun activities will also be introduced.
The Hello Kitty Shinkansen is expected to attract many passengers and tourists during its limited operation. So if you have the chance to travel to Western Japan, make sure to hop on this cute train! It is surely going to be an interesting and enjoyable experience for people who love Hello Kitty.
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