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    Updated on 6 Dec 2019. Posted on 27 Jun 2018

    There Is Now An Actual Hello Kitty Train In Japan Because Why The Heck Not

    Look, it's A LOT of pink.

    We've heard about Hello Kitty-themed cafes and restaurants popping up around the world. But now, finally, you can ride in complete style on the Hello Kitty train in Japan.

    The Asahi Shimbun / Getty Images

    The eight-car train will run on Japan Rail's Sanyo Shinkansen line starting on June 30, 2018.

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    It's only confirmed to run until October 2018, at which point the train's operator JR West (West Japan Railway Company) will decide whether to keep it as part of its fleet.

    The train will travel some 600km between Fukuoka in the south to Osaka on Honshu island and will take about 3.5 hours.

    Japan Rail Pass / Via jrailpass.com

    This is not the first Hello Kitty train in the world (well done Taiwan). But Japan's cars are definitely more pink!

    Tyrone Siu / Reuters

    The first car is called Hello! Plaza and will not have passenger seats. Here you can buy souvenirs and local delicacies.

    The Asahi Shimbun / Getty Images

    There's also a photo booth with a lifesized Hello Kitty in the second car.

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    As it approaches a station the train will play the original Hello Kitty theme tune instead of the usual Shinkansen train jingle.

    The Asahi Shimbun / Getty Images

    The Hello Kitty train is part of the Japan Rail Pass, which means you don't have to pay extra to ride it.

    Japan Rail Pass / Via jrailpass.com

    You can reserve your seat here.

    *Patiently* waiting for Japan to give us a Catbus!

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