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Inside the world's cutest Hello Kitty Bullet train

June 28, 2018 08:33 IST

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 special shinkansen or bullet train will run for the next three months between the western cities of Osaka and Fukuoka from Saturday, the West Japan Railway firm said, hoping that one of the country’s most famous exports will boost tourism.

Passengers will be in left in no doubt what train they are on, with Hello Kitty smiling down from the shades of every window and adorning every passenger seat cover. 

Here’s a glimpse of what it will be like on board the train and we have to warn you, it’s almost too cute to handle.

The Hello Kitty trains are revamped 500 series Shinkansen bullet trains and has been decorated in pink ribbons and Hello Kitty’s signature bow. Passengers will be in left in no doubt what train they are on, with Hello Kitty smiling down from the shades of every window and adorning every passenger seat cover. Photograph: West Japan Railway/Sanrio Co Ltd

And to fulfil all your Instagram desires, one car will feature a life-sized Hello Kitty doll with which one could take countless selfies. Photograph: West Japan Railway/Sanrio Co Ltd

Another car will have no passenger seats but offer regional specialities, including a selection of goods and foods -- including everything from pencil cases and pyjamas to double-decker buses and airliners -- in a bid to boost the local economy and tourism. Photograph: West Japan Railway/Sanrio Co Ltd

Instead of the usual Shinkansen jingle, the train will ring the original Hello Kitty theme tune as it approaches the stations. Photograph: West Japan Railway/Sanrio Co Ltd

And for those hoping to board the Hello Kitty Shinkansen, you can find the timetable on their website. Passengers can ride the train with a regular train ticket, purchased in advance or on the day of the travel. Photograph: West Japan Railway/Sanrio Co Ltd
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