A product of the East Japan Railway Company, the Joetsu Shinkansen is a type of Japanese high-speed train often referred to as a bullet train. The JR East-operated Joetsu was first introduced in 1982 and is used to link Tokyo, the nation’s capital, with Niigata, capital city of Niigata Prefecture.
There are currently two kinds of Joetsu Shinkansen trains serving the Tokyo to Niigata route: the E2 Series and E4 Series. Both models have a top operating speed of 240kms per hour. Most Joetsu trains feature two passenger seating classes: the “Ordinary Car” (basically a standard class coach) and the “Green Car” (similar to first or business class).
The Joetsu Shinkansen line covers a distance of approximately 270 kilometres between Tokyo and Niigata, making brief stops in such cities as Omiya-ku, Yuzawa and Nagaoka.
When you purchase a JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) e-ticket, you get unlimited travel by Joetsu Shinkansen between Tokyo and the central area of Honshu, Japan’s main island. This pass also includes travel in select regions of the Tohoku, Yamagata, and Hokuriku Shinkansen lines. Purchase a JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) to include travel via Akita Shinkansen in Japan’s northeastern region. Passes can be used for 5 flexible travel days over a 14-day period.
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