Published on : Thursday, January 9, 2020
Visitors also increasingly opted to travel with a JR Pass with the number of sales of passes doubling over the course of the year.
Japan is aiming to target 40m overseas visitors this year, with high numbers of holidaymakers expected for the Tokyo Olympics.
This year, the N700S Shinkansen trains would be launched on the Tokaido Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Osaka. The N700S class is the first upgraded bullet train rolling stock to be introduced in 13 years. It has the potential to reach speeds of 360 kms/h.
A new station would be opened on Tokyo’s Yamanote line to serve the events to take place in the Tokyo Bay area during the Olympics. Takanawa Gateway station will be the first new stop on the Yamanote line for 48 years.
The Tokyo Olympics will also play host to 100 autonomous vehicles, which will be in operation around the new station and the Olympic venues. These self-driving cars will be provided by national automakers Nissan and Toyota.