Home > Hot topics
Tokyo Station Gets New Public Square After Renovation (Japan in Photos)

Tourists gather in the newly completed public square in front of Tokyo Station on December 7, 2017. A ceremony was held the same day to mark completion of improvements to roads and the surrounding area, which began in 2014. Now the work is finished, the traditional horse-drawn carriage ride for new ambassadors to Japan will once again begin from the special station entrance reserved for the im…

JR Group Firms to Operate Joint Across-Japan Luxury Train Tour (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)—The seven Japan Railways Group companies said Tuesday they will offer a special across-Japan sightseeing tour plan using 24 select trains including the Cassiopeia overnight limited express, whose regular operations ended in March last year. The joint project is one of events to mark the 30th anniversary of the privatization of the Japanese National Railways, through …

Name Boards of Two Unmanned Stations in Hokkaidō Stolen (News)

Sapporo, Sept. 14 (Jiji Press)—The name boards of two unmanned stations in Hokkaidō, northernmost Japan, that are popular among railway enthusiasts as secluded stations, have been stolen. The host town of Horonobe in northern Hokkaidō has used the two stations—Onoppunai and Toikanbetsu on the Sōya Line of Hokkaidō Railway Co., or JR Hokkaidō—for regional revitalization. "It's a shame since t…

Quake-Hit Railway in Kumamoto Enlists Anime Heroes to Win Back Passengers (News)

Minamiaso, Kumamoto Pref., Aug. 18 (Jiji Press)--A local railway operator in Kumamoto Prefecture has enlisted robot cat Doraemon and other manga and anime heroes as part of efforts to win back passengers about 16 months after a series of powerful earthquakes hit the southwestern prefecture. A total of 117 artists showed their support for the area by allowing their characters to decorate a local…

The Gift Locomotive That Charmed Samurai JapanNippon.com Staff

Trains have undoubtedly been one of the most transformative technologies in Japan’s history, dramatically changing the landscape of the country and its cities. They have also become much loved as an iconic and reliable form of transportation. The origins of this train fever can be traced back more than 160 years. In July 1853, Yevfimiy Putyatin of the Russian navy made the first demonstration…

Mizukaze Luxury Sleeper Train Makes Debut (News)

Osaka, June 17 (Jiji Press)—The Twilight Express Mizukaze luxury sleeper train of West Japan Railway Co., or JR West, made its debut in the city of Osaka on Saturday. With the Sea of Japan as a backdrop, the Twilight Express Mizukaze rolls past a group of trainspotters in the town of Kami, Hyōgo Prefecture, on June 17. (© Jiji) After the departing ceremony at Osaka Station, the first train …

How Can Hokkaidō’s Troubled Rail System Survive?Kishi Kunihiro

The railway system of Hokkaidō is now in a critical state. The island prefecture’s population is shrinking, while car ownership has risen, causing train ridership to decline. Half of the existing rail network may be unsustainable. How should this problem be addressed?

Reproduced Japanese-Era Taipei Train Station in Limelight (News)

Taipei, April 16 (Jiji Press)—A train station building that was constructed in Taipei in 1916, when Taiwan was under Japanese rule, was reproduced in the Taiwanese capital recently about 30 years after it was dismantled and removed from its original site. The rebuilt Xinbeitou Station in Taipei, Taiwan, on April 6, 2017. (© Jiji) The re-created Xinbeitou Station, built near the site of the …

Hokkaidō Shinkansen Guide: Routes, Trains, Fares, and Sights

We provide an overview of the new Hokkaidō Shinkansen offering service between Shin-Aomori and Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Stations, including the route and fares, as well as nearby points of interest.

On the Frontline of Gender and Technology: Engineer Abe Reiko Brings Japanese Know-How to Asia’s Rail Infrastructure

Civil engineer Abe Reiko travels the world applying her expertise in ensuring safety and quality on a wide variety of rail projects in Asia, including construction of metro lines in India and high-speed trains in Taiwan.

Video highlights

New series

  • From our columnists
  • In the news