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Extension of Hokuriku Shinkansen line opens, boosting tourism hopes

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Japanese sure do know how to do trains, World best practice.

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Passengers now no longer must transfer to high-speed and limited express trains after Kanazawa.

Folks who come from Kansai to go to Kanazawa now do, which this article failed to point out.

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Extension of Hokuriku Shinkansen line opens, boosting tourism hopes

More tourism, means more tax for local Govt!

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Japan builds infrastructure; America wastes its wealth propping up unconscionable regimes abroad at the expense of doing good at home.

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America wastes its wealth propping up unconscionable regimes abroad at the expense of doing good at home.

What on earth are you blabbering about Vlad?

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No plans for connection to Kyoto?

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To ask that you either never travel in Japan or you are taken the piss out of my post. It the logistic that the Japanese employ like green cars and reserved cars, car number mark on the platform where the door of the train will stop. each densha has a name, always on time. fast, very fast. the list go on and the standard is world best practice.

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On the other hand, even reconstruction of water supply is still unfinished at Noto peninsula, even food assistances to part of evacuees were discontinued despite under serious damages.

LDP regime has no interest besides benefiting corporations.

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Was at the festivities today. Of all the things we lament about these festivals of progress make you take pause, stop and appreciate how well they do what they do well. Welcome to Fukui everyone. Please come and have a look. It’s a top little town now on the map.

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Next headline:

"Local governments in the new section complain about overtourism and implement new taxes because of the problem "

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Love the Japanese shinkansen trains.

Wish they had them in America -- but, alas, we Americans stubbornly choose to stay with our planes and cars.

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I hope that they improve the ticket office staffing queues too. Travelling over the last few days to Kyoto and Osaka from Shin Yokohama, the waiting time to buy a ticket was around one hour at each station, during the midde of the day. Half of the sales booths had no staff.

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the waiting time to buy a ticket was around one hour at each station, during the midde of the day.

JR wants you to buy tickets through the app or internet, easy and quick.

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I hope that they improve the ticket office staffing queues too. (...) Half of the sales booths had no staff.

I'm not familiar with Shin Yokohama station, but don't they have ticket machines like the other Shinkansen stops? I don't buy tickets online, but I can't remember when I last walked up to an actual person at a counter.

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This really won't boost tourism money at all. Most foreigners I know refuse to spend the vast amounts of money which the Shinkansen costs. Regardless of the JR passes, which are meant to be cheaper, but in reality they're not. For the majority of people it's still out of budget. I encourage people to use night buses and local trains to get around and they always have a better experience. The country isn't whizzing past the window at 300kph. At least on a bus or local train you can enjoy the scenery. Time to rethink ticket prices. It is absolutely insane that it's cheaper to fly around the country.

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oyatoiMar. 16 05:44 pm JST

Japan builds infrastructure; America wastes its wealth propping up unconscionable regimes abroad at the expense of doing good at home.

Japan props up Myanmar and the US doesn't spend that much on Israel.

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Most foreigners I know refuse to spend the vast amounts of money which the Shinkansen costs.

Eighty percent of tourists in Japan are Japanese.

Tourists bump up the tourism economy, but they are not the base of it by any means.

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This really won't boost tourism money at all. Most foreigners I know refuse to spend the vast amounts of money which the Shinkansen costs.

I agree with this having little tourism benefit. Foreigners now have more spending power than Japanese, and if they won't pay, don't expect many locals to.

The further extension to Osaka will involve putting the line, essentially a concrete bridge, through the Kyotango scenery. It is likely to be an eyesore.

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We've really enjoyed our trips to Toyama and Ishikawa (and one brief stop in Fukui) over the past 5 years. The scenery, food and sake are first class.

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I love Kanazawa. It's a pretty city, I've been there four times I think, and enjoyed it every time.

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