bullet trains

Shinkansen breaks down, causes all-day commuter chaos at Tokyo Station

Thousands stranded for hours during Japan’s peak holiday travel period. 

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Drinking party breaks out on Tokyo Station platform as Shinkansen delay strands travelers

Booze fans pass the time in a quintessentially Japanese way, while their younger counterparts opt for a more athletic method.

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Shinkansen stabbing suspect tells police he will commit another crime if released from prison

Police treating attack that left one dead, two injured as premeditated.

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Should strong-smelling foods be banned from bullet trains? Japanese citizens debate

A popular snack for the trip home from Kansai is an Osaka-specialty pork bun, but some commuters think they should be banned.

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Here’s your chance to ride Japan’s maglev Shinkansen in spring, nine years before service starts

Japan Railways is taking applications to experience the future of Japanese rail travel nearly a decade ahead of time.

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Bullet train makes departure, mistakenly leaves 200 passengers behind on platform

Japan may have one of the most efficient rail systems in the world, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely free from mishap.

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Stranded passengers on Shinkansen bullet train served out-of-date bread during typhoon

The stale bread was given to people travelling on the popular route from Tokyo to Osaka.

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Chilling Japanese bullet train photo shows crew member with his feet up while driving

Yes, Japan’s Shinkansen is an amazingly stress-free way to get around the country, but that doesn’t mean the driver should be this relaxed.

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Stylish black Shinkansen, decorated with fireworks, spotted on the rails of Japan 【Photos】

New year, new bullet train as Japan Railway debuts its high-speed art gallery.

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Now bullet train geeks can ride the rare, top-secret “Doctor Yellow” train

It’s apparently a pretty rare sight, not unlike the majestic (read: ugly as sin) Northern Bald Ibis, the probably made-up Sasquatch, or the sober RocketNews24 writer, but on certain lengths of Shinkansen bullet train track, one can occasionally catch brief glimpses of a completely yellow bullet train as it whizzes past. Japan Rail (JR) doesn’t make the train’s schedule public, it doesn’t stop at stations, and it only runs a few times a month.

And, until a little later this year, no member of the public was ever allowed to ride. Learn how you can ride the special “Doctor Yellow” bullet train after the jump.

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