Tohoku Shinkansen

Tohoku Shinkansen 東北新幹線

The Tohoku Shinkansen stretching 674km from Tokyo Station in Tokyo to Shin-Aomori Station in Aomori Prefecture is Japan's longest shinkansen line.

The line continues from Aomori as the Hokkaido Shinkansen as far as Hakodate in Hokkaido through the Seikan Tunnel, and is due to be extended as far as Sapporo in 2030 (projected completion).

There are two branch lines on the Tohoku Shinkansen which run on normal rail tracks and are known as "mini-shinkansen" - these are the the Yamagata Shinkansen from Fukushima in Fukushima Prefecture to Shinjo in Yamagata Prefecture and the Akita Shinkansen from Morioka to Akita via Omagari.

Tohoku Shinkansen at Tokyo Station.
The Hayabusa Tohoku Shinkansen at Tokyo Station - the fastest shinkansen in Japan.
Tohoku Shinkansen seats.
Seating inside the Tohoku Shinkansen.

Tohoku Connections & Japan Rail Passes

The Japan Rail Pass is valid on all Tohoku Shinkansen trains. The JR East Pass is also valid for all Tohoku Shinkansen trains.

The complete list of stops on the Tohoku Shinkansen is: Tokyo Station, Ueno Station, Omiya, Oyama, Utsunomiya, Nasu-Shiobara, Shin-Shirakawa, Koriyama, Fukushima, Shiroishi-Zao, Sendai Station in Sendai, Furukawa, Kurikoma-Kogen, Ichinoseki, Mizusawa-Esashi, Kitakami, Shin-Hanamaki, Morioka, Iwate-Numakunai, Ninohe, Hachinohe, Shichinohe-Towada and Shin-Aomori.

There are 4 services operating on the Tohoku Shinkansen and one service each on the Akita Shinkansen and Yamagata Shinkansen.

Hayabusa - this is the fastest shinkansen service from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori with limited stops. The Hayabusa train does not have non-reserved seating. Standing tickets can be purchased if the train is full.

Hayate - Tokyo to Morioka with limited stops and no stops between Omiya and Sendai. Less frequent than the Hayabusa and Yamabiko. The Hayate train does not have non-reserved seating. Standing tickets can be purchased if the train is full.

Yamabiko - Tokyo to Sendai with limited stops, then all-stations to Morioka. Some Yamabiko trains terminate at Sendai. The Yamabiko train has non-reserved seating in cars 1-5, sometimes cars 1-3 in a ten car train. In a 17 car train cars 12-17 are non-reserved.

Standing tickets can be purchased if the train is full.

Nasuno - Tokyo to Koriyama stopping at all-stations. This is the slowest service.

Akita Shinkansen

Komachi - Tokyo to Akita. The Komachi is joined with the Hayabusa to Morioka and then is de-coupled and runs alone to Akita. The Komachi train has reserved seating only. However, standing tickets can be purchased if the train is full. Seating is a 2x2 arrangement on these narrower trains.

Yamagata Shinkansen

Tsubasa - Tokyo to Shinjo. The Tsubasa is joined with the Yamabiko to Fukushima and then is de-coupled and runs alone to Shinjo. Seating is a 2x2 arrangement on these narrower trains.

Komachi Shinkansen at Tokyo Station.
Komachi Shinkansen at Tokyo Station.
hayate Shinkansen at Tokyo Station.
Hayate Shinkansen at Tokyo Station.

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