Shinkansen Service reaches Hokkaido

Japan’s shinkansen high-speed rail network marked a significant milestone today with the official opening of the first stage of the Hokkaido Shinkansen, directly linking the islands of Hokkaido and Honshu with the promise of faster travel times and comfortable, sleek new trains. The first scheduled service, Hayate 91, left Shin-Aomori station at 0632 hrs for … Continue reading

JR East Previews Special Genbi Shinkansen

JR East has revealed Japan’s latest special themed shinkansen ahead of its service entry later in Spring 2016. Sporting a sleek black paintwork decorated with sparkling images of fireworks, the Genbi Shinkansen was presented at JR Omiya Station in Saitama prefecture on Tuesday.   Based on the E3 series trainset, the 6-car bullet train is scheduled … Continue reading

JR East Launches Remodeled Mini-Shinkansen

Travellers on Japan’s Yamagata Shinkansen line can now enjoy a truly authentic local travel experience. JR East has placed a luxury trainset, outfitted with Japanese decor and features, in service on the line today as part of an ongoing programme to refresh the fleet of mini-shinkansen trains.   Designated the Toreiyu Tsubasa, the 6-car trainset has … Continue reading

Japan Introduces New Series E7 Shinkansen

Japan has introduced a new high-speed train to its extensive Shinkansen network. Operator JR East launched its first dual-system Series E7 Shinkansen trainsets in revenue service yesterday, deploying the first units on “Asama” services between Tokyo and Nagano. Developed jointly with JR West (which has ordered its own build designated Series W7) and crafted by … Continue reading

Rail Disruptions Continue Across Japan

Rail travel in Japan has been severely disrupted following the implementation of reduced train services, crippling commuters and bringing one of the world’s most efficient public transportation systems to a standstill. Operators have moved to suspend services on several rail lines and running partial schedules on operational lines due to the threat of aftershocks and a possible … Continue reading