World-leading speed

  • It blew my mind.
  • It's like you’re in the
    22nd century.
  • It's almost a step
    towards teleportation.

These elated passengers experienced a 311-mph ride on the world’s fastest train – Japan’s SCMaglev (Superconducting Maglev), which achieved a Guinness world record of 374 mph on April 21, 2015.

Learn more about theSCMaglev line in Japan.


Smooth, comfortable ride

  • It’s more comfortable
    than a plane.
  • It's like you’re on a sofa
    or bed. It's fantastic.
  • I started falling asleep
    a little bit.
    It was really comfortable.

SCMaglev rides on wheels up to 93 mph and then almost imperceptibly starts floating about 4 inches above the track for a super smooth and comfortable ride that becomes even more stable at 311 mph.

Learn more about howSCMaglev works.


Peace of mind

  • There’s no way to derail
    and it feels very safe.
  • I felt so secure. You don't
    need seatbelts or anything.
  • Transporting people
    without a human driving is
    absolutely amazing.

Improving upon safety technology from the Shinkansen bullet train, which is renowned for its extremely safe and precise operation, SCMaglev adopts a highly accurate and reliable "automatic train operation system" that regulates train speed from a ground control room.

Learn more aboutSCMaglev safety technology.


Solid, proven technology

  • I didn’t realize that it’s so
    developed here.
  • I thought it was still in
    development, but it's mature.
  • The high-speed version was
    essentially commercialized

All technologies required for commercial SCMaglev service have been developed and the maglev line between Tokyo and Nagoya is now under construction.

Learn more about theSCMaglev line construction project in Japan.


High expectations

  • It’s a revolutionary change,
    not an evolutionary one.
  • Technology like this would
    really improve the lives of
    a lot of Americans.
  • I can have lunch in New York
    City and be back in DC
    by 2:30 in the afternoon

Passengers were sure SCMaglev would revolutionize travel in the US Northeast Corridor, which links Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York and other major cities. What do you think?

Learn more aboutthe Northeast Corridor projects in the US.


· Views expressed by passengers in this website are personal opinions and do not necessarily express the views of JR central.

· This video was created with special permission from JR Central Yamanashi Maglev Center and Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center.