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).
All Komachi trains are coupled with the fastest Tohoku Shinkansen train, “Hayabusa” between Tokyo and Morioka. Those trains are uncoupled at Morioka. Of course both Akita and Tohoku Shinkansen are fully covered by Japan Rail Pass and JR East Pass.
Akita Shikanse is called Mini Shinkansen. Technically it is not a “Real” Shikansen track 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 300 km/h between Tokyo and Morioka. But Komachi run at maximum speed 130 km/h between Morioka and Akita.
Now I show you the details about Akita Shinkansen trains.
Route, schedule and travel time
>Komachi runs between Tokyo and Akita in 3 hours and 50 minutes. There are mostly 16 round trips and it departs mostly every hour.
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The stations are same as Tohoku Shinkanse between Tokyo and Morioka. Please refer to Tohoku Shikansen.
|Shizukuishi (雫石)||*||Tazawako (田沢湖)||*|
x:All trains stop *:some trains stop
All Akita Shinkansen trains, “Komachi” are operated by new fleet E6 series. It gives you 2+2 seat layout in 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 is coupled with 10 cars formation, Hayabusa between Morioka and Tokyo.
E6 series (Komachi)
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All Green seats have power outlet. In ordinary car, the front row, the last row and window side seats have power outlet.