JR West to ban use of 'annoying' selfie sticks

Sep 17, 2015

JR West to ban use of 'annoying' selfie sticks

West Japan Railway Co. said Thursday that it will ban the use of selfie sticks on all train platforms and service areas, including for bullet trains. The ban on the popular monopod, used to take self or group photographs via smartphone, will take effect ...

Aug 28, 2015

March 26 eyed for launch of Hokkaido Shinkansen Line

Railway operators envision starting service on the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line linking the northern main island with Honshu on March 26, 2016, according to sources familiar with the matter. Hokkaido Railway Co. and East Japan Railway Co. are making arrangements for 13 round trips per ...

Hokuriku shinkansen setting tourists abuzz

| Mar 2, 2015

Hokuriku shinkansen setting tourists abuzz


On March 14, the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line will open as an extension of the Nagano Shinkansen Line, directly connecting Tokyo with Kanazawa and shortening the travel time to the scenic capital of Ishikawa Prefecture to 2½ hours from four. Public excitement is mounting. Tickets ...

Feb 19, 2015

JR pitches new Kanazawa bullet train service in New York

Japanese officials pitched the latest bullet train service, due to link Tokyo with the popular destination of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, starting next month, at a tourism promotion event Wednesday in New York’s Grand Central Terminal. East Japan Railway Co. gave a video presentation of ...