Yamanashi Maglev Exhibition Center

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Yamanashi Maglev Exhibition Center (山梨県リニア見学センター) is the Linear Chuo Shinkansen experimental center that you can see the fastest bullet train based on the maglev technology. It is the only facility in Japan where people can stand nearby and see the Superconducting Maglev train traveling 500km/h. Visitors at the "Maglev Exhibition Hall," which opened in April 2014, not only ca see test runs but also experience and learn about the maglev mechanism through various devices. The Test running is happening every once in a while and you can see it many times. However, they are not doing the test running everyday. So, please check out their official website.

Tourist Info.
There are a restroom and parking.
Admission: 420 yen for adult, 310 yen for high school, 200 yen for under junior.
There is a group discount.
Time: 9:00 to 17:00 (last entry 16:30)
Closed: Mondays (If Monday is holiday, next day will be closed) 12/29 to 1/3
Day after the public holiday except for the weekends.
Please check out here for the schedule for the test running.
Official Web

0. at Otsuki Station.
1. use local bus to Maglev Exhibition Center.


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Yamanashi Maglev Exhibition Center
The Linear Chuo Shinkansen is scheduled to begin operating between Tokyo and Nagoya, in 2027, and Yamanashi prefecture is the only place where the maglev train can be seen operating before its official launch. The Linear Chuo Shinkansen will be the fastest bullet train in the world with a speed approximately twice that of current shinkansen at 500 km/h connecting Yamanashi and Tokyo in approximately 25 minutes and Tokyo and Osaka in a mere
one hour.

At the Maglev Exhibition Center that opened in conjunction with the commencement of testing at the Yamanashi Maglev Test Track, guests will not only be able to see tests with their own eyes but also learn about superconductive linear mechanisms and the Linear Chuo Shinkansen plan in detail.

The superconducting Maglev MLX01-2
This vehicle set the world record for the fastest train at the speed of 581 km/h. The superconducting Maglev is a magnetic levitation train that is suspended and travels using the magnetic force, which is produced between superconducting magnets built into the vehicle and the coils positioned on the ground.

Standard trains travel using friction force that is produced between the wheels and the rails. However, the Superconducting Maglev does not rely on this friction force and therefore can travel safely at a faster speed. In 1995, the MLX01-2 was created in order to perform test runs on Yamanashi Maglev Line. In 2003, it set the world record for the fasted train speed and continued operating until 2011. Visitors can touch and go inside the vehicle.

Superconducting Maglev Concept Corner
The Superconducting Maglev Train can travel levitated because it uses the interaction between the vehicle and the 3 coils on the guideway. The "Superconducting Maglev Concept" exhibit provides explanations about the "Propulsion Mechanism" and "Guidance Mechanism" which are essential for the Superconducting Maglev to travel and operate.
Visitors can move and operate 5 hands-on devices to learn about these mechanisms, starting from a simple power generation mechanism. At the "Superconducting Roller Coaster" and the "Superconducting Laboratory," visitors can learn about the characteristics of superconductors, as much as "Flux pinning," how they transition into a superconducting state and how they drop to a zero electrical resistance. Visitors can also learn how to create a large magnetic force using little electricity.

Official Web