Technically Akita Shinkansen means the line between Morioka and Akita. But most of trains are operated between Tokyo and Akita via Morioka as the train name, “Komachi” (こまち). And in March, 2013, newer fleet E6 was introduced and currently run as “Super Komachi” (スーパーこまち). This newer fleet is faster than original fleet. That is a reason why it is called “Super” Koachi. But once all older fleet will be replaced by newer fleet, all trains will be called Komachi. Currently Koachi is operated with Tohoku Shikansen “Hayate” which is the second fastest train on Tohoku Shinkansen. And Super Komachi is operated with Hayabusa which is the fastest train on Tohoku Shinkansen between Tokyo and Morioka. So if you go to Akita from Tokyo, simply take Komachi or Super Komachi at Tokyo or Ueno. Of course both Akita and Tohoku Shinkansen are fully covered by Japan Rail Pass.
Akita Shikanse is called Mini Shinkansen. Technically it is not a “Real” Shikansen between Morioka and Akita. It is smaller and slower because of sharing the truck with the much slower local trains between Morioka and Akita on conventional lines. Komachi runs at maximum speed 270 km/h and Super Komachi runs at 300 km/h between Tokyo and Morioka. But both Komachi and Super Komachi run at maximum speed at 130 km/h between Morioka and Akita.
Now I show you the details about Akita Shinkansen trains.
Route, schedule and travel time
Akita Shinkansen takes you to Akita from Tokyo about 4 hours and 10 minutes. But the fastest Super Komachi runs between Tokyo and Akita in 3 hours and 50 minutes. There are 16 round trips and it departs mostly every hour.
View Akita “Mini” Shinkansen in a larger map
The stations are same as Tohoku Shinkanse between Tokyo and Morioka. Please refer to Tohoku Shikansen.
x:All trains stop *:some trains stop
As I mentioned above, there are two types of fleet on Akita Shinkansen.
Original series E3 gives you 2+2 seat configuration for both Green and Ordinary. The seat pitch in Green seat is 1160mm. Complimentary drink and a moist paper hand towel are served by Green car attendant. The seat pitch in Ordinary seat is 910mm or 980mm. Now there is no Non Reserved seat on Komachi. But it used to have it. Non reserved seat had 910mm seat pitch and Reserved seat had 980mm seat pitch. Komachi still had two types of seat pitch for Reserved seats. Usually car#15 and 16 have 910mm seat pitch. When you book your ticket, try to take your seat on car#12, 13 or 14.
Newer E6 series gives you same seat configuration 2+2 as E3 series for both Green and ordinary. Seat pitch of Green is 1160mm and ordinary is 980mm.
*G=Green seat R=Reserved seat
Car numbers are starting from 11 because Komachi and Super Komachi are operated with 10 cars formation, Hayate or Hayabusa between Morioka and Tokyo.
E3 series (Komachi)
*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images below.
All Green seats have power outlet. In ordinary car, the front row, the last row and window side seats have power outlet.
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