* Launched in 1964 to connect Tokyo and Osaka
* The trains are reliable (the average lateness is 12 seconds, which is considered early in Britain) and have a superb safety record
The world's first indoor beach
Imagine a beach where the sky is always blue, it's never too hot or cold, and the surf is always perfect. Welcome to Ocean Dome, the world's only indoor beach, in Miyazaki
(ミヤザキ), Kyushu (キュシュ).
Ocean Dome has its own flame-spitting volcano, crushed white marble "sand", and it also boasts the world's largest retractable roof, providing a permanently blue sky. Temperature, wind and humidity are closely controlled to provide an ultra-safe "sea-side" experience.
Every hour, the volcano erupts and the hi-tech wave machines start up, starting a few minutes of sanitised surfing.