Shinkansen

ANA to slash fares for Tokyo-Hokuriku flights to compete with new...
A jetliner operated by All Nippon Airways Co. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
All Nippon Airways Co. said Nov. 21 that it will reduce fares for flights between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and two regional airports in the Hokuriku region from March to better ...
JR Hokkaido shows off eye-catching emblem, interior of new...
JR Hokkaido President Osamu Shimada announces the emblem and nicknames of Hokkaido Shinkansen bullet trains at a company depot in Nanae, Hokkaido, on Nov. 20. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
NANAE, Hokkaido--Hokkaido Railway Co. on Nov. 20 unveiled a sleek emblem incorporating a winter raptor for its new Shinkansen bullet trains set to start operating in 2016.
Rail connection ceremony held for Hokkaido Shinkansen Line
Bolts are tightened in a ceremony at JR Kikonai Station in Hokkaido on Nov. 1 to connect the rails of Hokkaido Shinkansen Line. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
KIKONAI, Hokkaido--The last rail was set and the final bolts were tightened on Nov. 1, completing a railway-connection project that will allow Shinkansen bullet trains to run...
JR Hokkaido gears up for trial runs of its 1st Shinkansen
JR Hokkaido tests the brakes and motors of a new Shinkansen bullet train at its Hakodate rail yard in Nanae, Hokkaido, on Nov. 1. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
NANAE, Hokkaido--Pulled along at a crawl, Hokkaido Railway Co.'s first Shinkansen bullet train underwent a series of checks on Nov. 1 ahead of planned trial runs next month.
Export of maglev technologies to U.S. greeted with optimism at...
Tom Daschle, an adviser to the Northeast Maglev (TNEM) project, speaks during an international conference in Tokyo on Oct. 22. (Kenichiro Saito)
The operator of the planned Chuo Shinkansen Line reiterated its desire to export Japanese maglev technologies to the United States during an international conference on...
EDITORIAL: Gargantuan maglev train project needs cautious approach
A prototype maglev bullet train during a test run in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
On Oct. 17, transport minister Akihiro Ota approved Central Japan Railway Co.’s (JR Tokai) plan to build a maglev bullet train line for the 2027 scheduled start of service...
Crowd welcomes Hokkaido's first Shinkansen cars
Local residents and tourists celebrate the arrival of H5-series Shinkansen cars at Hakodate Port in Hokkaido on Oct. 13. (Kotaro Ebara)
HAKODATE, Hokkaido--Hokkaido received its first Shinkansen train cars for operational purposes on Oct. 13 during an unveiling event at Hakodate Port attended by cheering...
Tickets for new Tokyo-Kanazawa Shinkansen route start at 14,120 yen
The E7 series bullet train arrives at JR Omiya Station in Saitama Prefecture in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fares for a new and speedier Shinkansen line connecting Tokyo and Kanazawa will start at 14,120 yen ($128.60), the railway operators said on Oct. 3.
What a run: Tokaido Shinkansen marks 50 years on the tracks
An “N700A Series” train on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line (Provided by Central Japan Railway Co.)
Train buffs thronged Platform 19 at Tokyo Station, where the first bullet train departed exactly 50 years ago, dazzling the world.
Shinkansen celebrated on special coins for 50th anniversary
The commemorative coin for the Tokaido Shinkansen Line (Provided by the Finance Ministry)
Commemorative 100-yen coins will be issued in March to mark the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line bullet train service.
VOX POPULI: Tokaido Shinkansen turns 50 years old
A ceremony is held to mark the inauguration of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line service at Tokyo Station on Oct. 1, 1964. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Everyone in Japan is familiar with this opening line of "Tetsudo Shoka" (Songs of railways): "With the sound of a whistle at Shinbashi ..."
Tokaido Shinkansen Line to raise maximum speed in spring
N700A Series Shinkansen (Provided by the Central Japan Railway Co.)
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said it will raise the maximum speed on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line from 270 kph to 285 kph next spring, the first such increase in 23...
UPDATE: Quake shakes Tokyo and outlying areas; rail services...
A mudslide hits an unoccupied car parked at a home in Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, on Sept. 16. (Naoko Kawamura)
A relatively strong earthquake rattled Tokyo and the Kanto region around lunchtime on Sept. 16, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.
JR East to bid for California high-speed railway project
East Japan Railway Co.’s Hayabusa E5 bullet train of the Tohoku Shinkansen Line (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
East Japan Railway Co. plans to introduce its prized Shinkansen to U.S. soil through a bid for a railway project in the state of California, the company said Sept. 5.
COMMENTARY: Fukushima alive with seeds of industrial innovation
Tsurugajo Castle (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
AIZU-WAKAMATSU, Fukushima Prefecture--Tsurugajo Castle here, which set the stage for major developments during the Boshin civil war of 1868-1869 that established the imperial...
VOX POPULI: Is ultra-fast train service really necessary?
A maglev bullet train prototype during tests in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, in August 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Choosing a destination and riding a train purely for the fun of it was the sort of leisurely, aimless train travel that author Hyakken Uchida (1889-1971) loved. He got great...
Final maglev train outline submitted, despite difficulties of...
The L0 Series maglev bullet train prototype during tests in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, in August 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) publicized the final outline for its maglev bullet train project, as the operator submitted required documents to transport minister...
Railway consortium mounts 'all-Japan' effort to market Shinkansen...
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Railway companies, manufacturers and industry groups have banded together to link up efforts to dispatch Japan's bullet-train technology overseas.
'Shinkansen Love' exhibition fetes 50th anniversary of first...
The “Project E5” transformer robot based on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line's E5 series train will be featured at the “Shinkansen Love” exhibition that opens Aug. 9 at the Railway Museum in Saitama. (Provided by the Railway Museum)
SAITAMA--A train museum here will open a special exhibition on Aug. 9 featuring bullet trains to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the first Shinkansen line.
Shinkansen show opens ahead of Tokaido Line’s 50th anniversary
A boy takes a bullet train on a simulated run Aug. 6 at a special exhibition in Nagoya to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line. (Yuta Takahashi)
NAGOYA--A department store here is holding a special exhibition on bullet trains to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Tokaido Shinkansen Line in October.