The bullet train of the future is here.
The BBC reports that one hundred passengers rode Japan's new levitating maglev train along a 27-mile route between the cities of Uenohara and Fuefuki this weekend, reaching speeds of up to 311 mph. For contrast, the high-speed Acela express train that connects Boston and Washington, D.C., has a top speed of around 150 mph.
Here's what it's like to ride one:
And here's what it looks like when the train rolls on by:
The maglev trains — which use magnetic levitation to "float" above tracks — are even faster than Japan's famous bullet trains, which currently travel at about 200 mph. And while China currently possesses some of the fastest trains in the world (and has invested the most in high-speed rail), Japan is looking to surpass China with maglev trains like the one tested this weekend.
The BBC notes this weekend's voyage was just a test: Central Japan Railway Company is running eight days of testing for the experimental maglev train on its test track in Yamanashi Prefecture.
If all goes according to plan, a longer stretch of track for the new train will be completed by 2027. "When completed in 2027, their exceptional speed capacity will cut the travel time by half, linking Tokyo's Shinagawa Station with Nagoya in about 40 minutes, a journey which currently takes approximately 80 minutes," reports the Daily Mail.
So how's the ride? Just watch the video. Apparently passengers broke out into spontaneous applause after hitting 300 mph. Take that, Amtrak.