Shinkansen

EDITORIAL: Extension of Hokuriku Shinkansen to Osaka requires...
An elevated railway for the Hokuriku Shinkansen has been constructed near Fukui Station in Fukui city. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A growing number of political and business leaders in the Kansai and Hokuriku regions are beginning to clamor for an early start of construction to link the Hokuriku Shinkansen ...
Snow slows Hokkaido Shinkansen in test-ride
An H5-series JR Hokkaido Shinkansen train during a test-ride Jan. 28 between Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto and Kikonai stations in southern Hokkaido (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
An H5-series Shinkansen train was put through its paces Jan. 28, two months before the start of the first high-speed rail service in Japan’s northernmost main island.
Stunning Shinkansen, dubbed 'world's fastest art exhibition,' hits ...
The exterior of the “Genbi Shinkansen” custom bullet train features designs themed on the famed Nagaoka fireworks festival. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
SAITAMA--Vivid colors and bold designs on the sides of a bullet train, inspired by one of Japan's largest fireworks festivals, surprised bystanders at JR Omiya Station here...
Nation's transport networks go into overdrive as 2016 gets moving
Lights from a snake-like traffic jam glow at dusk on the Tomei Expressway around the Nakai Parking Area, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Jan 3. (Tatsuya Shimada)
Japan’s highways, railways and airports were jam-packed on Jan. 3 as the relatively brief New Year’s holidays ended and the nation prepared to go back to work.
JR Tokai will send engineers to U.S. for Texas Shinkansen project
The Shinkansen train Nozomi at JR Nagoya Station. A planned project to offer high-speed rail service in Texas would utilize a bullet train based on the Nozomi N700 series. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
To assist on a project linking Dallas to Houston by a Shinkansen bullet train, Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) will dispatch about 20 of its engineers to the United States,...
PHOTO: Holiday crush reaches its peak
A family boards a Shinkansen bound for Kanazawa Station in Ishikawa Prefecture, at Tokyo Station on the morning of Dec. 30. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
The year-end exodus of holidaymakers returning to hometowns to be with their families reached its peak on Dec. 30, and Tokyo Station was its usual madhouse for this time of...
INSIGHT: China outpacing Japan arouses the patriot in me
Japan's Shinkansen bullet train, left, and China's Hexie high-speed train (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
JAKARTA--Japanese are perhaps too comfortable with chasing after the United States and European nations, something we have done since the Meiji Era (1868-1912).
Abe offers financial support to Japanese businesses making forays...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Photo by Shinichi Iizuka)
NEW DELHI--Japan will provide 1.5 trillion yen ($12.4 billion) in financial assistance to Japanese companies seeking to start operations in India, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...
India to get Japan's bullet train, deepens defense and nuclear ties
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, poses with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe before their meeting in New Delhi on Dec. 12. (AP Photo)
NEW DELHI--Japan will provide $12 billion of soft funding to build India's first bullet train, the two countries announced on Dec. 12 during a visit by Prime Minister Shinzo...
Sleek Hokkaido Shinkansen station on track for completion
The ticket gate for the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line in Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokuto, Hokkaido, on Dec. 10. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
HOKUTO, Hokkaido--Looking sleek and stylish as it nears completion, the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line’s northern terminal building is set to match expectations for the widely...
Japan to clinch bullet-train deal in India
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, in Tokyo on Sept. 1, 2014 (Pool)
India plans to adopt Japanese Shinkansen technology for a high-speed railway project following the Japanese government’s strenuous campaign and offers of financial incentives,...
Bullet train linking Tokyo and Hokkaido unable to hit sub 4-hour...
A Hokkaido Shinkansen stops at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokuto, Hokkaido, on Oct. 25 during a trial run. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Despite pressure to make the run in under four hours to compete with airlines, the fastest bullet train between Tokyo and Hokkaido will take four hours and two minutes, it was...
JR West’s Evangelion Shinkansen to offer high-end sake
A character from "Neon Genesis Evangelion" sips Dassai sake in a scene from a feature film adaptation of the anime franchise. ((c) Khara)
Passengers aboard an Evangelion-themed bullet train can travel along at high speed and in high style sipping upscale sake that also appears in the popular "Neon Genesis...
Historic trains take up position at new Kyoto Railway Museum
Some of the exhibits at the new Kyoto Railway Museum on Dec. 1 (Ryo Kato)
KYOTO--Fifty-one historic trains ranging from vintage steam locomotives to sleek Shinkansen were moved to the new Kyoto Railway Museum by Dec. 1.
JR Tokai to mull financial backing for Texas Shinkansen project
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The leading rail operator in central Japan, under pressure from the central government, will consider financial backing for a Shinkansen bullet train project in the United...
Government-backed fund to invest in Texas Shinkansen project
The N700 series Shinkansen train (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--Tokyo will pour millions of dollars into a U.S. company to pave the way for the introduction of Shinkansen bullet train technology in the United States.
Hokkaido Shinkansen line’s Tokyo takeover
Ads promoting the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line cover the pillars of Tokyo Station on Nov. 13. (Wataru Sekita)
Tokyo Station has become a hub of all things Hokkaido with a new campaign promoting the northernmost main island’s new Shinkansen line connecting it to the capital next year.
Who needs a window view? Niigata Shinkansen to feature art...
An artist’s rendition of the Genbi Shinkansen, adorned with images of a fireworks festival in Nagaoka, Niigata Prefecture (Provided by East Japan Railway Co.)
NIIGATA--Instead of simply taking bullet train passengers to art galleries, East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) will bring artwork to the travelers.
Tokyo-Hokkaido Shinkansen ride to cost 22,690 yen
A Hokkaido Shinkansen Line train goes on a test run at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station in Hokuto, Hokkaido, in August. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tickets for trips from Tokyo to Hokkaido on a new Shinkansen service will start at 22,690 yen ($190), a price cheaper than airfare for the distance, Hokkaido Railway Co. (JR...
'Danger! No selfie sticks,' warns JR West in new ban
Posters telling passengers to refrain from using selfie sticks will be posted by West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) stations starting Sept. 19. (Provided by West Japan Railway Co.)
Selfie sticks will no longer be in the picture on West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) station platforms, to be prohibited over fears they may injure other passengers or cause...