May 09, 2013
HANOI--Put the "petals" to the metal! A special flower-decorated train commemorating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan made its debut at Hanoi...
February 21, 2013
OSAKA--Combining the art of bonsai with model trains, Tetsuo Kawakami has added a new dimension to the art of diorama making.
February 18, 2013
"Train Heroes," a full-computer graphics anime series produced in China, will premiere in April on six networks affiliated with TV Tokyo Corp., with leading toymaker Tomy Co....
February 10, 2013
In a return to a simpler time, children and residents are waving at passengers riding a vintage steam locomotive along the Narita Line in the Boso Peninsula of Chiba Prefecture.
January 02, 2013
FUKUOKA--The "Seven Stars in Kyushu" luxury sleeper cruise train, which will start making the rounds of Kyushu next autumn, has been quick to catch on with well-off people not...
January 02, 2013
OSAKA--West Japan Railway Co. (JR West) is spending about 7 billion yen ($83 million) to build the largest train museum in Japan, a mammoth project that will open in spring...
December 25, 2012
A railway company in a quake-devastated region is offering passengers a much-needed chance to relax in the comforts of home and warm themselves as they enjoy views of the...
December 06, 2012
KYOTO--Charmingly retro, the city's only remaining tram cars have attracted admirers from around the world, but perhaps none so ardent--and dedicated--as Ayumi Mori.
October 12, 2012
Being on night duty is demanding enough for train station attendants, and adding to their misery are intoxicated passengers who get violent.
October 11, 2012
Kyoto-based tram operator Eizan Electric Railway Co. (Eiden) has decked out its "Hidamari-go" cars with scenes featuring the popular "Hidamari Sketch" (aka "Sunshine Sketch")...
October 03, 2012
Hitachi Ltd., The Nippon Signal Co. and the University of Yamanashi announced Oct. 3 that they have successfully prototyped a passenger boarding gate with built-in explosives...
September 24, 2012
Proving that getting there can be half the fun, railway operators throughout Japan are introducing anime- and manga-themed trains to help boost ridership on their local lines.
September 17, 2012
TAKAOKA, Toyama Prefecture--Though he won't technically be "born" for another hundred years, the city of Takaoka has already begun celebrating the birthday of futuristic robot...
July 31, 2012
The transport ministry on July 30 encouraged railway operators to reduce their power use by 20 percent by 2030 relative to 2010 levels.
July 30, 2012
JAKARTA -- Indonesia's state-run railway company has lowered the electrical lines powering commuter trains in its latest bid to stop commuters from riding on train roofs.
July 18, 2012
WENZHOU, China--It's almost as if the rail disaster in this southeastern city that claimed 40 lives last July never happened.
July 07, 2012
Even though no train has stopped at the old Kofuku (happiness) Station on the now-defunct Hiroo Line in 25 years, two new mascot "station goddessess" characters have been...
June 25, 2012
Flower lovers and photographers can climb aboard a special Hakone Tozan Railway Co. night train again to enjoy views of illuminated clusters of colorful hydrangeas in Hakone.
June 23, 2012
SAITAMA--Celebrations were held at stations along the route of the Tohoku Shinkansen on June 23 as the bullet train celebrated its 30th anniversary of linking the Tokyo...
June 12, 2012
TAIPEI--Taiwanese train buffs got a rare treat when a plush railroad car for VIPs, including Emperor Hirohito, used in Taiwan when it was under Japan’s colonial rule, was...