The Shinkansen –
Japan’s iconic bullet train

What makes the Shinkansen exceptional?

Runs up to 320 km/h, Japan’s fastest
operating speed for a passenger train
Environmentally friendly
Boasts high-tech comfort

Elegantly designed inside and out


Sophisticated exterior designs exuding a sense of speed

  • Carefully selected color schemes
  • Aerodynamically distinct long nose


Interiors embodying Japanese motifs and omotenashi (Japanese hospitality)

  • Relaxed environment
  • User-friendly facilities
  • Cabin attendants in Gran Class cars

JR East Shinkansen Models

JR East Shinkansen trains operate along five routes. In addition to the standard Tohoku, Joetsu, and Hokuriku Shinkansen, there are two other routes that run on conventional lines converted to Shinkansen track gauge, namely the Yamagata and Akita Shinkansen.

Tohoku Shinkansen: Hayabusa etc. Year of debut: 2011
Maximum speed: 320km/h
Cars per train: 10
Tohoku/Akita Shinkansen: Komachi etc. Year of debut: 2013
Maximum speed: 320km/h
(130km/h on conventional lines)
Cars per train: 7
*E6 does not have GranClass seats
Hokuriku Shinkansen: Kagayaki, Hakutaka,
Asama etc. Year of debut: 2014
Maximum speed: 260km/h Cars per train: 12

Exploring Eastern Japan via the Shinkansen

Reach different parts of Eastern Japan such as the Tohoku region and the Nagano, Niigata area by hopping aboard the Shinkansen. Brimming with stunning nature and being home to many historic sites, your journey here will surely be an experience of a lifetime!


Explore the eastern region of Japan this fall/winter with
JR EAST Welcome Rail Pass 2020,
a special limited discount pass for foreign passport holders!