A JR Central L0 Series Shinkansen maglev train undergoing test-running on the Yamanashi Test Track Japan featured 3
Ever wanted to ride a train at the speed of light? That may not be possible yet but since Japan’s known for its technology-forward attitude, it has come up with a decidedly unique form of travel, where speeds hit a whopping 311 miles per hour, or about 502 km per hour. The idea of moving that fast is exhilarating, making the maglev trains a tourism attraction in its own right. Should you be considering a visit to the Far East, you way want to hop on over to Japan as well. After all, how often is it that you get to ride on the world’s fastest train which beats even the super fast (200 mph) bullet train Japan has been so famous for since the Summer Olympics of 1964?

This hovering bullet train (L0 Series) is truly a sight to behold, with its sleek body and comfortable seating arrangements. These trains move between the cities of Uenohara and Fuefuki, while members of the public have newly been allowed on board. The testing does continue of course, but now with a human populace of 100 taking the 27-mile trip, which seems to go by in a flash, it really “floats” above tracks using magnetic levitation while footage of the high-speed ride shows a live display of the velocity in each carriage while watching the blur through aeroplane-sized windows. Watch this video shot on the train for your own taste of what you can expect out of the incredible experience: