Shinkansen

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.
Hokuriku Shinkansen line's new bullet train goes for a test run
A new W7 Series Shinkansen train makes a test run on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line tracks along the Sea of Japan coast in Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture, on Aug. 5. (Yosuke Fukudome)
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...
Taiwan's Shinkansen more satisfying than Japan's bullet trains
Vendors on a Taiwanese bullet train bring carts filled with food and beverages down the aisles to serve passengers. (Kenichiro Saito)
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.
JR West unveils new Kodama Shinkansen with Plarail toy train car
A toy Plarail 500 Series Shinkansen runs through the huge diorama set up in the first car of the special 500 Series Shinkansen in the Hakata rolling stock yard on July 2. (Mahito Kaai)
NAKAGAWA, Fukuoka Prefecture--At first glance, West Japan Railway Co.'s new Kodama Shinkansen looks like any run-of-the-mill bullet train.
'Footbath Shinkansen' set for debut in July
The interior of the footbath car on East Japan Railway Co.'s new "Toreiyu Tsubasa" train at the Yamagata rolling stock center on June 30 (Yasuo Tomatsu)
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...
Expectations high in Ishikawa ahead of new Shinkansen line
JR West's latest W7 series Shinkansen train runs on the premises of a rail yard in Hakusan, Ishikawa Prefecture, on June 22. (Shigehisa Yuki)
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...