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The Sanyo Shinkansen

The Sanyo Shinkansen is a high-speed shinkansen rail line connecting two major cities in Honshu in Japan: Tokyo and Niigata. Japan Rail Pass can be used to take trains on Sanyo Shinkansen except Nozomi and Mizuho trains.

Basic Information

  • Japanese: 山陽新幹線/さんようしんかんせん
  • Operated by: JR East
  • Length: 270 kilometers (167 miles)
  • Top speed: 345 kph (214 mph)
  • Terminals: Tokyo Station, Niigata Station
  • Stops along the way: Morioka, Shizukuishi, Tazawako, Kakunodate, Omagari, Akita

Trains Running on the Sanyo Shinkansen

There is only one type of train in service on the Sanyo Shinkansen — the Komachi train. Komachi trains are E6 series trains, which have a maximum speed of 130 kph (81 mph).

History of the Sanyo Shinkansen

  • 1971: The Sanyo Shinkansen began operation.
  • 2006: Affected by natural disasters, the Sanyo Shinkansen was taken out of service twice.
  • 2007: Smoking was prohibited on all trains.
  • 2013: The new E6 series electric cars were put into service.

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