Shinkansen

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...
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.