The Tohoku shinkansen returned to normal operations between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori on Friday for the first time since the March 11 disaster.
JR East said that the train now stops as usual in Sendai, Fukushima, Morioka and Shin-Aomori after repairs were completed on the line, and power restrictions were lifted. The journey takes 3 hours, 10 minutes.
At each major station along the route, local government and tourism officials were on hand to welcome disembarking passengers, NHK reported. Many local governments in the Tohoku are counting on the restoration of the service to revive their economies.© Japan Today