It’s 320 miles (515km if you’re feeling metric) from Osaka to Tokyo. Currently, the fabled Shinkansen bullet train requires 2 hours and 25 minutes (and a big fat wad of your cash) to make this journey.
Conceivably, however, come 2045, travelling between Jaoan’s two primary urban locales will take but a paltry hour. Explain? Sure.
They’re building a Maglev train capable of speeds up to 500mph!
The country’s longest maglev track ever, 60% of which will be tunnelled, has just received Tokyo’s approval for construction. The project will cost in the region of 9 trillion yen (78 billion euro, give or take) and was originally suggested back in the 70s, when they promptly shelved it for being somewhat expensive.
Not confident you’ll make it to 2045, you can get you Maglev fix sometime in 2027, when (allegedly) the Japan Railway Launches its high-speed route between Tokyo and Nagoya.