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Tōhoku and Hokkaido Shinkansen services are hoped to be operated at speeds of up to 360 km/h. The proposed journey time from Tokyo to Sapporo is advertised locally as 3 hours, 57 minutes.
At the present time the Seikan Tunnel can only carry narrow-gauge (1,067 mm) traffic (Kaikyō Line), but it will be upgraded to dual gauge, with both standard and narrow-gauge tracks.
In the early 1970s, two other Shinkansen routes were proposed for Hokkaido: Sapporo - Asahikawa (Hokkaido Shinkansen extension) and Oshamambe - Muroran – Sapporo (Hokkaido South Route). There were also further, unofficial plans to connect to Abashiri, Kushiro and Wakkanai. These plans have been indefinitely shelved.
Tags: hokkaido shinkansen, hokkaido shinkansen route.