Sunday, April 19, 2009

High-Speed Railways Enhance Tourism

With President Obama announcing that he plans to bring high-speed railways to the States, we're poised to see how things will work out. Citing the success of high-speed rail in France and Italy, Obama announced 10 areas where improvements could be made, including New England, New York, the Southeast, the Midwest, and California. While the development is exciting (and long overdue), we're going to get our kicks in some of the most developed high-speed train cities in the world first.

One of the best places to stop for quick and easy-- and somewhat enviable-- train travel is Tokyo, Japan. Their high-speed network of inner city and connecting suburban stops makes it easy to go on day trips, and that includes with children. While staying in a luxury hotel found at, you can jet off to a variety of locations at low cost and little bother.

If you can tear yourself away from your hotel like the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi - Tokyo or the Four Seasons Tokyo at Chinzan-so - Tokyo, you can choose between longer breaks or simple day trips out of the city. Japan's futuristic shinkansen, or bullet trains, run to the coast, into the mountains, or straight up to Northern Japan. Try a trip to Nagano in the central Alps, Fukuoka, which is on the southern island of Kyushu, or Niigata on the Japan Sea. One of the most popular lines is the Tokaido-Sanyo, operated by JR Central, which can connect you to Nagoya, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Fukuoka, and Osaka.

It's going to be a while before the States gets their bullet trains up and running, so a trip to Japan and a stay at Four Seasons Tokyo booked at What a Hotel sounds like the perfect compromise.

1 comment:

  1. New England, New York, the Southeast, the Midwest and California, all are the popular travel destinations. high-speed railway network is essential not only as the tourism attraction but also for the saving of the time as well as it would be considered a great step towards green tourism.