A new addition to Japan's bullet train network, the Hokuriku Shinkansen, starts service this month, significantly reducing travel times between Tokyo, Toyama and Kanazawa. Taking the Shinkansen to one of many viewing destinations assures cherry blossom fans will not miss out the short period from mid-March to the end of April when the trees are in bloom. According to information provided by East Japan Railway Co., the Hokuriku Shinkansen departs from Tokyo and travels northward, with stops in Nagano, Toyama and Kanazawa — the best spots for viewing cherry blossoms.
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