Proposals for a Trans-Siberian railroad that would connect the two cities have been in the works for nearly a year, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has now been reported to be in serious talks with Japanese officials to make the proposals a reality.
According to The Independent, the project would involve constructing a 28-mile bridge that would allow trains to cross the East Sea, in addition to a Trans-Siberian railway to complete a 8,400 mile route.
The Independent reported that “the proposal is being described as a ‘bridge across history’,” due to significant tensions between Russia and Japan since World War II. Both nations lay claim to four islands that lay between the two countries.
In addition to traveling through the Russian countryside, it would also travel through Germany, Poland and much of Eastern Europe, as well as passing through the Siberian Mountains.
The railway could provide an economic boost to Russia’s Far East, as well as increasing tourism to Japan. The Independent reported that Russian environmental aid, Sergei Ivanov, said that “a link between Japan and Sakhalin, Russia’s largest island, was a ‘long held dream’ and would hugely benefit oil and gas production in the country.”
The plans for the railway were revealed at Russia’s Eastern Economic Forum, hosted by Putin in Vladivostok.
Many travelers and younger citizens are in favor of the railway. Hopefully, we all can grab our passports and put this on our bucket lists soon.