Fine Lines

If you're planning an Asia-Pacific holiday, flying will save time and taking the bus will save money — but neither afford the comfort of train travel. Make no mistake, there are plenty of hellish rail rides out there. But choose wisely and you'll[an error occurred while processing this directive] enjoy decent amenities and smart carriages, to say nothing of the landscapes gliding past. Get a ticket and climb aboard.

TOKYO-HAKATA: Nine bullet trains ply Japan Rail's Nozomi route between Tokyo and Hakata on Kyushu, the country's third-largest island. Nozomi means "hope" — an odd name for a train service, but you...

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