The new high-speed train Tohoku Shinkansen E5 series, Hayabusa, which will debut on March 5, reached 300 km/h in a Sendai-Shin Aomori test run with 140 reporters onboard last week.
The test run started from Sendai Station and took only six minutes to reach the 300 km/h with almost no apparent shaking. The train used in the test run was completed less than a month ago, and its innovative interior shows Japan's newest technology and construction design novelty.
The shinkansen’s 18 first class seats, called GranClass, ease passengers into a world of comfort and relaxation. With its large sized reclining leather seats, soft indoor light, soft wool carpet and wooded ceiling, Hayabusa adopts an international business class flight design. Personal attendants, trained by Japan’s most experienced flight attendants, will tend to passengers.
The fare for a GranClass 185-minute ride from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori is 26,360 yen, and tickets are already sold out for the debut journey.© Compiled from news reports