Like speeding bullet: Cost of Japan fast rail passes skyrockets

Michael Turtle
Updated September 27 2023 - 6:33am, first published September 24 2023 - 5:00am

The very first time I rode a shinkansen, I was about 16 years old, on a student exchange in Japan. For a teenager, the bullet train was a thrill, a sleek metallic beast gliding silently along the tracks at about 270km/h as the exotic countryside flashed past the window.

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Michael Turtle

Michael Turtle

Travel writer

Michael Turtle is an Australian journalist who left his job in television to travel the world forever. He'll show you how to find the lesser-known places, get involved in the culture, learn the history, and meet locals along the way.

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