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The Tōkaidō Shinkansen’s World-Class Safety, Reliability, and Frequency

Every year around 130,000 trains run on the Tōkaidō Shinkansen high-speed train line linking Tokyo and Osaka. The trains run with an average delay of just 24 seconds.

Tokyo Metro Starts Playing Restful Music on Hibiya Line (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 29 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Metro Co. started playing background music on one of the trains on its Hibiya Line in Tokyo on a test basis on Monday. The train is the first with music in the country other than sightseeing trains, according to the subway operator. "We hope calm music will help soothe our customers," a Tokyo Metro official said. Tokyo Metro decided on the trial after the…

60-Year-Old Subway Cars Shown to Media After Repairs (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)—Three subway cars that operated in Tokyo and Argentina for some 60 years in total were shown to the media in Tokyo on Monday after repairs. It is unusual for a train car to mark a 60-year anniversary, well beyond the standard span of 50 years, according to officials of Tokyo Metro Co., which held the media event for the Type 500 cars at its train yard in Nakano Ward …

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

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 …

Steam Locomotive Goes into Service in Kinugawa Area (News)

Nikkō, Tochigi Pref., Aug. 10 (Jiji Press)—A much-awaited steam locomotive went into service on Tobu Railway Co.'s Kinugawa Line in the city of Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, eastern Japan, on Thursday. The Taiju train, pulled by the C11 207 locomotive, travels between Shimo-imaichi Station and Kinugawa-onsen Station, with three round-trip services offered a day on the 12.4-kilometer section. A one…

The Gift Locomotive That Charmed Samurai 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…

Western Japan Town Working to Revive D51 Steam Locomotive

Wakayama (Jiji Press)—The town of Aridagawa in Wakayama Prefecture is working to revive a Class D51 steam locomotive for display at a local railway park. The D51 827 locomotive, made in 1943, was used mainly for freight trains linking Gifu and Aichi Prefectures from 1946 until it was decommissioned in 1973. Achiha Co., a transport company based in Osaka offering rolling stock transportation …

Shiki-Shima Luxury Sleeper Train Goes into Service (News)

Tokyo, May 1 (Jiji Press)—The Train Suite Shiki-Shima luxury sleeper operated by East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, went into service with some fanfare on Monday with Japan now into its Golden Week holiday period. At 11:40 am (2:40 am GMT), Shiki-Shima left central Tokyo's Ueno Station for a four-day, three-night tour of the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaidō and the Tōhoku region. The lu…

JR East Unveils All-Suite Deluxe Sleeper Train Before Debut in Spring

Nikko, Tochigi Pref., Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)—East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, unveiled Monday a luxury sleeper train the company plans launch in May next year. In a champagne gold livery, the deluxe Train Suite Shiki-Shima comprises 10 cars, including a diner, a lounge car, and a glass-walled dome car. The crew of JR East's new luxury sleeper train Shiki-Shima pose at Nikkō Station following…

All Aboard the Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Train!

This summer a Tokyo train got a makeover themed around kawaii icon Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The singer was present for a special opening event.

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