Japan’s new bullet trains just got even faster

Japan’s newer and faster bullet train line, the Hokuriku Shinkansen is already creating quite a buzz in Japan and it’s not even had its debut run yet. Tickets for its first service on Mar 14 were apparently sold out in less than a minute after they went on sale in mid Feb. The new line will link Tokyo to places like Toyama and Kanazawa.

This is also a good way to catch the cherry blossoms blooming all over Japan, as the train travels through some of the best spots. The best time to visit is in April. Your best bet is to hop on trains that are heading north from Tokyo. Kanazawa, the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture is a good choice. Instead of the a four hour journey, it will get you there in just two and a half hours.

Tickets start from 14,120 yen ($160). For a full list of destinations and ticket prices, go here

Photo credit of train: Tokyo Sakura