The popular English name bullet train is a literal translation of the Japanese term.
The popular English name bullet train is a literal translation of the Japanese term dangan ressha , a nickname given to the project.
Bullet train may refer to: The Shinkansen high speed trains of Japan, so nicknamed for their appearance and speed; Other high speed trains.
The Shinkansen is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways Group companies. Starting with the Shinkansen (515.4 km) in 1964, the network has expanded to currently consist of 2,387.7 km (1,483.6 mi) of lines with maximum speeds of 240–320 km/h (150–200 mph), 283.5 km (176.2 mi) of Mini shinkansen lines with a maximum speed of 130 km/h (81 mph), and 10.3 km (6.4 mi) of spur lines with Shinkansen services. The network presently links most major cities on the islands of Honshu and Kyushu, with construction of a link to the northern island of Hokkaido underway.