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Kyushu Shinkansen
Owner JR Kyushu
Locale Kyushu (Fukuoka, Saga, Kumamoto, and Kagoshima Prefectures)
Termini Hakata
Stations 12
Type Shinkansen
Operator(s) JR Kyushu
JR West
Depot(s) Kumamoto
Rolling stock 800 series
N700-7000/8000 series
Opened 2004
Line length 256.8 km (159.6 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Electrification 25 kV AC, 60 Hz overhead catenary
Operating speed 260 km/h (162 mph)

The Kyushu Shinkansen is a Japanese high-speed railway line between the cities of Fukuoka and Kagoshima in Kyushu, running parallel to the existing Kagoshima Main Line and operated by JR Kyushu. It is an extension of the San'yō Shinkansen from Honshu.

The construction of the first section began in 2008, with construction of the section from Isahaya to Nagasaki commencing in 2012.

The northern 130 km (81 mi) section opened on 12 March 2011, although opening ceremonies were canceled due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

On the evening of 14 April 2016, the entire length of the Kagoshima Route was shut down after the first of two powerful earthquakes struck Kumamoto prefecture. There was extensive damage along the route, including cracks in elevated support structures at 25 locations

A 800 Series was derailed near Kumamoto Station after the first tremor. On 18 April, JR Kyushu began attempts to return the derailed train to the tracks.

On 27 April the line reopened with reduced speed and service frequency.

The entire line is due to open by March 2023.

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