Japan Now Has a Hello Kitty Bullet Train, and We Refuse to Take Any Other Form of Transportation
Barbie may boast upward of 130 different careers, but it’s Hello Kitty whose face has been splashed across more than 50,000 products including notebooks, lunch boxes, toasters, wine and at least five airplanes. And now she can add yet another form of transportation to her roster with the addition of West Japan Railway’s Hello Kitty bullet train.
Yes, you can now travel in style on a pink-and-white Hello Kitty–themed train as you speed between Osaka and Fukuoka in western Japan. At least you can for the next three months.
Once you board you can walk along the pink-and-white polka-dot Hello Kitty carpet to find your purple Hello Kitty chair with matching Hello Kitty headrest. If you get tired of sitting and watching the beautiful Japanese countryside roll by, feel free to get up and pay a visit to the Hello Kitty travel guide stationed in the second car waiting in full uniform to take photos with her adoring fans. Or pop into the Hello Kitty dining car where you can snack on an assortment of Hello Kitty-themed treats.
Travelers can book a seat on the Hello Kitty express at a specially designed West Japan Railway landing page, but if you're interested we suggest you act fast. The feline friend has been one of Japan's most beloved creations since her introduction in 1974, and the railway is betting that tickets will sell out quickly. Trust us, your Instagram will thank you later for booking the trip.