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A trip to Japan is never complete without sampling the random chocolate and candy the country has to offer — the ultimate treat is trying all the different Kit Kats! But with so many flavors, it’s always hard to choose which ones to bring back as a souvenir. That’s why we suggest buying the newest one, created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the very first Shinkansen in Japan. (And no, it doesn’t taste like train).

The Tokaido Shinkansen (bullet train) was first opened in Japan in 1964 and even today is one of the world’s busiest high-speed rail networks. Some might say that the Shinkansen is the most influential invention of their lifetime. Servicing the stations from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka, it connects two of Japan’s most well-known and well-traveled cities, plus it gets you there in a fraction of the time it would take the local trains.

To celebrate the anniversary of the Tokaido Shinkansen, Nestle and participating retailers along the Tokaido line joined forces to take a break…with Kit Kats! Their special entry into the Kit Kat lineup comes in the form of a very cute N700 series bullet train, the newest train for the Tokaido Line which made its debut in 2007.

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When you unwrap it, you are greeted by a lucky sight. It’s Dr. Yellow, the test train that every ferroequinologist wants to see. In Japan, seeing this yellow train means you will have a day full of good luck. Open up Dr. Yellow and you will be greeted by the 0 series, the very first Shinkansen. It doesn’t get any better than that!

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Each Kit Kat is individually wrapped and features other Shinkansen from the Tokaido line.

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Although there’s a train on the outside, the Kit Kat candy inside has the flavor of frozen mikan.

What exactly is a mikan? It’s a fruit similar to a tangerine or a mandarin orange and is a very popular winter snack in Japan. Actually, along the Tokaido line, vendors will sell these frozen mikan because they travel so well! Kit Kat has paired their familiar chocolate with the unforgettable taste of the Japanese citrus to create Frozen Mikan Kit Kats.

These 50th Anniversary commemorative Shinkansen Kit Kats can be found at kiosks, shops, and gift stores from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka for about 1,000 yen (US $8.50). So take a break anytime with the newest flavor of Kit Kat and Japan’s Tokaido Shinkansen.

Source: Net Lab
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