October 18, 2014
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...
October 14, 2014
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...
October 04, 2014
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.
October 01, 2014
Train buffs thronged Platform 19 at Tokyo Station, where the first bullet train departed exactly 50 years ago, dazzling the world.
October 01, 2014
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.
October 01, 2014
Everyone in Japan is familiar with this opening line of "Tetsudo Shoka" (Songs of railways): "With the sound of a whistle at Shinbashi ..."
September 18, 2014
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...
September 16, 2014
A relatively strong earthquake rattled Tokyo and the Kanto region around lunchtime on Sept. 16, but there were no immediate reports of major damage.
September 06, 2014
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.
September 03, 2014
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...
August 29, 2014
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...
August 27, 2014
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...
August 24, 2014
Railway companies, manufacturers and industry groups have banded together to link up efforts to dispatch Japan's bullet-train technology overseas.
August 08, 2014
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.
August 07, 2014
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.
August 06, 2014
ITOIGAWA, Niigata Prefecture--Excited train fans gathered atop a hill here for their first view of West Japan Railway Co.'s latest bullet train as it zoomed along the Hokuriku...
July 14, 2014
TAIPEI--Japan has long been known for its "cultural borrowing," adopting ideas and practices from abroad and improving on them to make them uniquely Japanese.
July 03, 2014
NAKAGAWA, Fukuoka Prefecture--At first glance, West Japan Railway Co.'s new Kodama Shinkansen looks like any run-of-the-mill bullet train.
June 30, 2014
YAMAGATA--Passengers on the newest Shinkansen to join East Japan Railway Co.'s (JR East) fleet of trains will be able to relieve aching feet with a footbath, and then...
June 23, 2014
HAKUSAN, Ishikawa Prefecture--West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) on June 22 unveiled its latest W7 series Shinkansen train, attracting hundreds of people in a prefecture eagerly...