Friday, March 25, 2016

Japan 2016
Opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line
From Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto - Stamp Sheet ¥82

ISSUE DATE: 25 March 2016
STAMP SHEET SIZE:93.5 x 212.5 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Maruyama Satoru

Japanese post stamps commemorating opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line from Shin-Aomori to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto

The Hokkaido Shinkansen (北海道新幹線 Hokkaidō Shinkansen) is a Japanese high-speed shinkansen rail line constructed between Aomori Prefecture in Honshu and Hokkaido through the undersea Seikan Tunnel. Construction started in May 2005.

JR Hokkaido is extending the Hokkaido Shinkansen from Shin-Hakodate to Sapporo, planned to open in fiscal year 2030. Tunnelling work on the 5,265 m (17,274 ft) Murayama tunnel, situated about 18 kilometres (11 mi) north of Shin-Hakodate station is proposed to commence by March 2015, and be completed by March 2021. If Hokkaido Shinkansen services are ultimately able to be operated at speeds of up to 360 km/h (225 mph), the estimated journey time from Tokyo to Sapporo would be 5 hours and 1 minute.

Stamp images thanks to Japan Post

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