The Japanese Shinkansen, or "bullet train" was one of the first high-speed
train network to be constructed (1964). It links the most important
Japanese cities, including Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka. Early in the 21st
century, the network will service all major Japanese cities on its four
islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku). The above photo depicts
a "Class 0" Shinkansen representing the first generation of high speed
trains introduced in 1964 and retired in 2008.