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Tohoku Shinkansen Train

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A product of the East Japan Railway Company, the Tohoku Shinkansen is a type of Japanese high-speed train often referred to as a bullet train. The JR East-operated Tohoku  was first introduced in 1982 and is used to link Tokyo, the nation’s capital, with Aomori, the capital of Aomori Prefecture.

There are currently four kinds of Tohoku Shinkansen trains serving the Tokyo to Aomori route: the E2 Series, E3 Series, E5 Series and E6 Series. All Tohoku 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 Tohoku Shinkansen line covers a distance of approximately 674 kilometers, making brief stops in such cities as Oyama, Nasushiobara, Sendai and Morioka.

When you purchase a JR EAST PASS (Tohoku area) e-ticket, you get unlimited travel by Tohoku Shinkansen between Tokyo and the northeast region of Honshu, Japan’s main island. This pass also includes travel in select regions of the Akita, Yamagata, Joetsu and Hokuriku Shinkansen. Purchase a A JR EAST PASS (Nagano, Niigata area) to include travel between Tokyo and Nasushiobara in Japan’s central region. Passes can be used for 5 flexible travel days over a 14-day period.

Get your pass to exceptional value and flexibility as you plan your journey throughout the heart of Japan!

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

E2 Series

  • First introduced: 1997
  • Maximum operating speed: 275km/h
  • Layout: 10-car trains

E3 Series

  • First introduced: 1997
  • Maximum operating speed: 275km/h
  • Layout: 6 to 7-car trains

E5 Series

  • First introduced: 2011
  • Maximum operating speed: 320km/h
  • Layout: 10-car trains

E6 Series

  • First introduced: 2013
  • Maximum operating speed: 320km/h
  • Layout: 7-car trains
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 Aomori
Train stations: Tokyo and Shin-Aomori
Popular stops: Nasushiobara, Koriyama, Sendai, Morioka
Estimated travel time: 3h30
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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