Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen: Half A Century Since Its Inception
One of the biggest news in the railway industry this year is the opening of JR Kyushu's Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen. Making its debut on September 23, the 66km line runs between Takeo-onsen Station in Saga Prefecture and Nagasaki Station in Nagasaki Prefecture. A major redeveloping project around Nagasaki Station is underway, creating excitement in the prefecture. Also, a new tourist train started service along with the shinkansen, and many tourists are expected to visit the area. On the other hand, the national government and Saga Prefecture are still discussing the development of a section east of Takeo-onsen Station that will connect to Fukuoka Prefecture, but no agreement has been made. See the new Nishi Kyushu Shinkansen and the regional revitalization of the line's opening.