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Akita Shinkansen Train

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The East Japan Railway Company presents the Akita Shinkansen, a state-of-the-art Japanese high-speed train commonly referred to as a bullet train. The JR East-operated line was first introduced in 1997, and provides a link between the national capital of Tokyo and Akita, capital of Japan’s Akita Prefecture (the only exception is between Tokyo and Morioka, which is served by the Tohoku Shinkansen). The Akita differs from most other Shinkansens in that runs on standard railway tracks. As such, the train is often nicknamed the “mini-shinkansen”.

Presently, the only Akita Shinkansen operating along the Tokyo to Akita passage is the E6 Series train, which can reach a top speed of 130kms per hour. The chassis of each car features an active suspension mechanism, allowing the car to tilt up to 1.5 degrees for higher travel efficiency. Most Akita trains offer two passenger seating classes: the “Ordinary Car” (basically a standard class coach) and the “Green Car” (similar to first or business class).

The distance from Tokyo to Akita is about 670 kilometres and the average travel time by Akita, 3 hours and 50 minutes. En route, the train makes a brief stop in such cities as Daisen, Morioka and Sendai.

Purchase a JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) e-ticket to travel aboard an Akita Shinkansen train. With this convenient, all-encompassing pass, you can enjoy limitless travel possibilities between Tokyo and the northeastern part of Japan’s main island. The JR EAST PASS also includes travel by Joetsu, Hokuriku, Tohoku and Yamagata Shinkansen. Passes can be used for 5 flexible travel days over a 14-day period.

Get your pass to exceptional value and flexibility as your plan your journey through Japan’s fascinating Tohoku region!

Why choose travel on Akita Shinkansen trains?
Types of Akita Shinkansen trains

E6 Series

  • First introduced: 2013
  • Maximum operating speed: 130km/h
  • Frequent and punctual daily departures.
  • Layout: 7-car trains
  • Seating capacity: 338 total
Train services and amenities
  • Spacious, comfortable seats capable of swiveling 180 degrees
  • 3x2 row seat layout in Ordinary Class; 2x2 row seat layout in Green Car Class
  • Signs and announcements in multiple languages
  • Catering services onboard including food carts with snacks, drinks and meals plus vending machines
  • Multiple-toilet washroom facilities
  • Most trains are non-smoking
Route itinerary

From: Tokyo to Akita
Train stations: Tokyo and Akita
Popular stops: Sendai, Morioka, Semboku, Daisen
Estimated travel time: 3h50
Travel included with a: JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area)


Passengers are allowed two pieces of luggage, up to a maximum weight of 60 kg and having total dimensions measuring no more than 250 cm (based on height, length and width). Delivery services are available.


Bicycles are permitted at no extra cost but must be folded or disassembled and packed inside carrying cases.


Small pets including dogs, cats and birds are allowed onboard. However, they must travel in a cage or similar container no bigger than 90 cm (based on height and length) and must weigh less than 10 kg.


Passengers in wheelchairs have access to special seating on the train but must make a request at the station they are boarding from 2 days in advance. Wheelchairs must conform to maximum size requirements and those with steering wheels are generally not allowed. Elevators and escalators at stations are wheelchair-friendly. Strollers can be carried onboard at no extra charge, as long as they are folded and placed either in front of the seat or in the designated luggage compartment.

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