The East Japan Railway Company offers the Yamagata Shinkansen, a sophisticated Japanese high-speed train also known as a bullet train. The Yamagata line first came into service in 1999, and links Tokyo, the nation capital, with the city of Shinjo in north-central Yamagata Prefecture (the only exception is between Tokyo and Fukushima, which is served by the Tohoku Shinkansen line). Because the Yamagata runs on regular railway tracks, it is often goes by the nickname “mini-shinkansen”.
Currently, there are two kinds of Yamagata Shinkansen trains operating on the Tokyo to Shinjo route: the E3-1000 Series and E3-2000 Series. Each has a maximum travel speed of 130kms per hour. Most Yamagata 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 between Tokyo and Shinjo is approximately 421 kilometres, and the average travel time by Yamagata is 3 hours, 30 minutes. En route, there are stops in the cities of Fukushima, Yonezawa, Kaminoyama and Yamagata.
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