Chuo Shinkansen

Officially dubbed the Linear Chuo Shinkansen, Japan’s ultramodern rail line will ferry commuters from Tokyo to Nagoya (over 280 kilometers) in just 40 minutes, at supersonic speeds of up to 505km per hour!

This leg of the Chuo Shinkansen is scheduled for completion in 2027. The maglev technology being advanced by JR Central in Japan’s capital will be used to build the newest rail line, which will eventually link the cities of Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka.

Today, the existing Tokaido Shinkansen railway takes at least 1 hour 35 minutes from Tokyo to Nagoya, and 2 hours 24 minutes from the capital to Osaka. The new ultramodern Chuo Shinkansen is expected to cut this time down to 67 minutes between Tokyo and Osaka and 40 minutes from Tokyo to Nagoya. 

The preliminary line is scheduled to run from Shinagawa Station in Tokyo, taking a pit stop at Kanagawa Prefecture (Sagamihara), Yamanishi Prefecture (Kofu), Nagano Prefecture (Iida), Gifu Prefecture (Nakatsugawa), and finally to Nagoya.

The construction of Chuo Shinkansen, including its extensive tunnel system and dedicated tracks, is expected to cost around 9 million yen. Luck enough, these costs will not be passed on to commuters. The increase in fares is projected to be just 700 yen between Tokyo and Nagoya and 1000 yen from Tokyo to Osaka. This translates to twice the speed at only six to seven percent fare increase for commuters.