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.
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