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A gorgeous, panoramic view of Mt. Fuji is about to be a 25-minute ride from Tokyo. This is the future—and it’s not too far away.

▲Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center (Tsuru City)

Thanks to the rapid advances in science and technology that are accompanying the development of Japan’s up-and-coming “Linear Chuo Shinkansen” (Maglev train), travel within Japan is about to become exponentially faster and more accessible.

Tokyo to Yamanashi
90 mins (Now) → 25 mins (via the Maglev)

A Fun & Educational Experience
The Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center is playing a key role in turning this revolutionary project into a reality by offering a fun and educational experience for science and train lovers alike. Learn about the mysterious Maglev technology that allows the train to levitate above the tracks through interactive displays, visual demonstrations and a plethora of other exhibits at the center that are sure to scratch your itch for science.


What exactly is the “Linear Chuo Shinkansen”?
The Linear Chuo Shinkansen is a new Maglev train under construction in Japan, set to start running by 2027 (estimated) as an extension of the current Shinkansen (bullet train) line. Starting in Tokyo, it will pass through Nagoya and Nara prefectures, with a final stop in Osaka. Maglev trains use electromagnetic force to levitate above the tracks, making it possible to reach unprecedented speeds (over 500km/hr). A conventional train, on the other hand, relies on the friction created between its wheels and the tracks to propel itself forward, and this same friction prevents it from reaching such speeds.

▲Maglev race track, train interior and interactive displays
(English displays are also available)

Live Test Runs and a Miniature Yamanashi

Arguably the most popular attraction can be seen from the center’s observation deck, where actual test runs of the new train are taking place intermittently. Keep your ears perked for an announcement from the staff, because you don’t want to miss the rare sight of the train zooming by at an impressive 500km/hr.
※Test runs of the Linear Chuo Shinkansen are on an intermittent schedule, so there is a chance they may not take place on the day of your visit.

The indoor exhibits are highly entertaining as well; visitors can roll up their sleeves and actually interact with each display—giving them a more practical understanding of how the technology actually works. Also, the center staff is very knowledgeable and friendly, so don’t hesitate to pick their brain if there’s anything you’d like to know more about.

On the third floor, there is an incredibly detailed diorama that beautifully illustrates how the Linear Chuo Shinkansen line will look, complete with multilingual narration. Overlook a miniature Yamanashi and try to spot familiar sights like Fuji-Q Highland, Fuefuki Fruit Park, Mt. Fuji and more.

▲ Diorama, 3F (Mt. Fuji, Fuefuki Fruit Park and more)

Before you head home, be sure to stop by the center’s gift shop and pick up some train-themed exclusive goods. And if you still need more convincing on why you should come and see what all there is to offer, take it from the queen of kawaii herself: Hello Kitty visits the Maglev Exhibition Center.

More Info

Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center website:
Address: 2381 Ogatayama, Tsuru, Yamanashi

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Published on

  • March 15, 2023


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