Shinkansen

Largest collection of historic trains planned for Kyoto Railway...
An artist’s rendition of the first floor of the main building of Kyoto Railway Museum that will open in spring 2016 in Kyoto’s Shimogyo Ward (Provided by West Japan Railway Co.)
KYOTO--Fifty-three historically significant trains from the early days of steam power to sleek Shinkansen will be exhibited at the Kyoto Railway Museum that opens in spring...
Prime Minister Abe touts bullet train in California visit
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, from left, smiles with East Japan Railway Co. Vice Chairman Masaki Ogata, California Governor Jerry Brown and Brown's wife, Anne Gust, after a demonstration of the JR-East Shinkansen train simulator at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco on April 30. (AP Photo/ Pool)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave California's governor a hint of what it would be like inside a Japanese-made bullet train on April 30, displaying a train simulator for Governor...
Thousand affected by Shinkansen delays as Golden Week kicks off
Passengers exit a halted Shinkansen and walk toward Koriyama Station in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 29. (Naoko Kawamura)
KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Tens of thousands of travelers making an early Golden Week getaway were temporarily stranded on April 29 after a power outage brought Shinkansen ...
EDITORIAL: Shinkansen lines no panacea for struggling local...
A large sign at JR Kanazawa Station in the capital of Ishikawa Prefecture on March 14 reads, “The Shinkansen line arrives here with spring.” The Kanazawa city government is pinning its hopes on the inauguration of the bullet train service between the city and Tokyo to buoy the local tourist industry. (Hideki Ito)
The Nagano-Kanazawa section of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line started services on March 14.
Start of new Hokuriku bullet train service met with high hopes
The brand-new Kagayaki No. 500 bullet train makes its first run of the day from JR Kanazawa Station on March 14. (Kenta Sujino)
A string of ceremonies was held in the early hours of March 14 marking the opening of a much-anticipated bullet train service linking Nagano to the distant Hokuriku region.
Bullet train for modern art buffs will start from spring 2016
An artist's rendition of the interior of the "Genbi Shinkansen" (contemporary art Shinkansen) (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)
A new type of Shinkansen rail car starting service in the spring of 2016 will cater to modern art lovers by featuring contemporary Japanese works, East Japan Railway Co. (JR...
Japan, Thailand to cooperate on railway projects
Thai Interim Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Feb. 9 (Shinichi Iizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Thai Interim Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha agreed on Feb. 9 that their countries will cooperate in constructing or improving railways in...
Thailand seeks Japanese know-how to build southern railway
Thai Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula at the prime minister's office in Bangkok on Feb. 5 (Ryosuke Ono)
BANGKOK--A railway utilizing Japanese technology may traverse southern Thailand in the near future, according to the Thai deputy prime minister, ahead of an upcoming visit to...
Rare sighting of lucky ‘Dr. Yellow’ Shinkansen bullet train...
"Dr. Yellow" arrives at JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka on Jan. 27. (Yoichi Kawatsu)
Railroad buffs and children were delighted and counting their good fortune on Jan. 27 when they glimpsed an inspection Shinkansen, popularly called “Dr. Yellow,” which...
Osaka group: Speeding up extension of maglev train route worth 12...
A sign in July 2014 campaigns for the establishment of a station in Nara Prefecture along the maglev Shinkansen line. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OSAKA--Moving up the extension 18 years ahead of schedule of the planned maglev Shinkansen line to Osaka could bring up to 12 trillion yen ($101.8 billion) in economic benefits,...
Taiwanese couple publish guide to Shinkansen 'ekiben' lunchboxes
Zhu Shangyi shows off ekiben lunchboxes that are sold inside Shinkansen trains at JR Tokyo Station in November. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
There are just no boundaries for true train buffs.
Japan to move up opening of new bullet train lines in Hokkaido,...
An H5 series Shinkansen train makes a test run on the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line in December. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Abe administration plans to move up the startup schedules for high-speed Shinkansen lines in Hokkaido and Hokuriku by five and three years, respectively, sources said.
1st Hokkaido Shinkansen crosses strait, arrives in Aomori on trial ...
The Hokkaido Shinkansen Line's H5-series train exits the Seikan Tunnel on its way to Imabetsu, Aomori Prefecture, on Dec. 7. (Hideoki Kozuki)
IMABETSU, Aomori Prefecture--A cheering crowd of local residents and railway buffs greeted the first Shinkansen from Hokkaido as it came gliding out of the early morning mist...
Remodeled Shinkansen cars offer footbath, toy train diorama to...
Passengers enjoy seeing the scenery while soaking their feet in a footbath in JR West's Toreiyu Tsubasa bullet train. (Ayateru Hosozawa)
Where once the novelty of riding a Shinkansen train was enjoyment enough for passengers, operators today are increasing efforts to attract new customers, including offering a...
JR Tokai to accelerate start of work on maglev Shinkansen, by...
A prototype maglev bullet train during a test run in Tsuru, Yamanashi Prefecture, in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) President Koei Tsuge announced on Nov. 27 that construction of the maglev Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Nagoya will get under way on...
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...