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Sun 6 Mar 2011 12:35 PM

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Japan's new bullet train debuts in Tokyo

300 km/h high speed train to run from the capital Tokyo to Aomori in Northern Japan

Japan's new bullet train debuts in Tokyo
Japan's new bullet train 'Hayabusa' or Falcon runs through Saitama city, suburban Tokyo on March 5, 2011. (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's new bullet train debuts in Tokyo
The thin and long nosed Hayabusa will make its 300 kilometre per hour (186 mph) debut between Tokyo and Aomori, northern Japan, boasting a luxury carriage modelled on airline business class. (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's new bullet train debuts in Tokyo
At its fastest, the train will make the Tokoyo - Aomori run within 3 hours and 10 minutes, cutting 10 minutes off the previous best time (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's new bullet train debuts in Tokyo
Japan Railways East said that by 2013 it plans to shave a further five minutes off the run time (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's new bullet train debuts in Tokyo
Scheduled to make two round trips a day, the Hayabusa, which means 'Falcon', has a 'Gran Class' carriage, which is likened to First Class on an airplane (AFP/Getty Images)
Japan's new bullet train debuts in Tokyo
Tickets will cost $320 for Gran Class, while premium 'Green Car' seats cost $259. Ordinary seats cost $204. (AFP/Getty Images)