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Kyushu Shinkansen N700 series for Mizuho, Sakura and Tsubame image gallery

N700 series was introduced for Mizuho and Sakura when Kyushu Shinkansen was completed. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

N700 series was introduced for Kyushu Shinkansen in this past March. The fleet is the newest and the fastest on Kyushu and Sanyo Shinkansen. If you will use Japan Rail Pass, you may take this train as Sakura from Shin-Osaka to Hakata, Kumamoto or Kagoshima-Chuo.
This series is basically on same types of N700 series on Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen. But this series is strictly called N700-7000/8000. The exterior is not much different between N700 and N700-7000/8000. But the interior is quite different. This N700-7000/8000 is much better than original N700. Of course this has the best facility on Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen. Some of my frequent visitors rate Green class of this series higher than even the highest seat in Japan, Glan class of E5 series on Tohoku Shinkansen. Let’s see the interior images of this beautiful train.


If you are looking for the general informations about these Shinkansens, please read Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen or Kyushu Shinkansen. If you are looking for the images of other trains on Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen, please see the post, Sanyo Shinkansen image gallery or Kyushu Shinkansen. You can find some images of 800 series on Kyushu Shinkansen. This series is used for most of Tsubame between Hakata and Kagoshima-Chuo.

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images below.

Green Class

This Green class seat is rated so high by the passengers. There are only 24 seats in one train formation. The seat pitch is 1160mm and the seat configuration is 2+2. This is a Shinkansen standard. This seat is the same type of original N700 series’ “Synchronized Comfort Seat”. But this is more developed than N700s’ seat. New designed leg rest is added. Refined and soft color interior, such as indigo blue create an elegant atmosphere. Many wood materials give you more comfortableness.

The power outlet is equipped at the front end of arm rest for all seats. You can use this for using laptop or charging your batteries. Hot wet towel are included. Audio service is available in Kyushu area.

Reserved Ordinary Class

This class seat has a great value. This is same type of seat of Hikari Rail Star 700 series. The seat pitch is same as ordinary standard 1040mm. But the seat configuration is 2+2. The standard of ordinary class on Shinkansen is 2+3. So this is a huge difference. If you have Japan Rail Pass ordinary, don’t forget to make a reservation. There is a big difference between reserved ordinary and non-reserved ordinary.

The power outlet is equipped at the window side and the front row seats. You can use this for using laptop or charging your batteries.

Ordinary class

Non reserved ordinary class seat is almost same as other Shinkansens’ trains. The seat pitch is 1040mm and the seat configuration is 2+3. It is the standard of Shinkansen trains. But the seat width of center seat for 3 is 460mm. The other seats’ width is 440mm. The power outlet is equipped at all window side seats and all first row seats. If you take Tsubame in Kyushu area, older 800 series has 2+2 seat configuration and gives you more comfortableness. Try to take 800 series.

Sanitary space

Passenger’s deck

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5 Comments to “Kyushu Shinkansen N700 series for Mizuho, Sakura and Tsubame image gallery”

  1. Marilyn McPherson says:

    I want to travel from Osaka to Gifu-Hajima on July 26 and return 3 days later. how do I do this?

    • Hi Marilyn,

      Simply go to the station and purchase Shinkansen ticket for Osaka to Gifu-Hajima. Reserved ticket is on sale one month prior to departure date. So it will be June 26. But lots of trains run on Shinkansen. So no rush.


      Takeshi / JP Rail

  2. Richard says:

    While this train is nice the main problem with green class is that there is only half a coach worth of it, so it can soon fill up. So if it’s busy you are likely to have someone sitting next to you unlike on Hikari trains where there are three coaches of green class and so much more space for everyone. For those on a japan rail pass the Hikari isn’t as popular as Nozomi so I found it very quiet.
    Also due to the location of the green class coach and other amenities (toilets/smoking room/drinks machine) there is a continual stream of people walking through the green class coach. They would have been better to put it at the very end of the train.

  3. James says:

    Personally, I like the interior, the comfort of N700-7000/8000 over E5’s Granclass, the dark timber interior makes you feel you are in a mansion!

    JR Kyushu staff are the best! I personally like JR Kyushu staff over all other JR companies!!

    And because of this, Sakura/Izumo are very popular, DO make reservation early! buy your ticket at least 24 hours ahead.

    800 series only work slow service now between Kagoshima Chou and Hakata ,however this might change in the future as JR Kyushu wanting to extend it to at least Kokura

    • JPRail says:

      Hi James,
      I agree with you. JR Kyushu staff is the best. When JR Hokkaido hired the attendants on Green car (a.k.a. Twincle lady), they invited several JR Kyushu staff as instructor. So other JR companies know JR Kyushu has the best staff. Now as you know, JR Hokkaido has a great service too.
      I would like to say thank you for everything you’ve given to my website this year. Wish you a happy holidays!
      All The Best.
      Takeshi Shimomura / JP Rail

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