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Direct transfer to Yamagata and Shinjo, Yamagata Shinkansen (bullet train)


Yamagata Shinkansen

Yamagata Shinkansen

Yamagata Shinkansen is operated between Fukushima and Yamagata and Shinjo. But all train services are provided to/from Tokyo and go through Tohoku Shinkansen between Tokyo and Fukushima. It is usually combined with Tohoku Shikansen “Yamabiko” between Tokyo and Fukushima.

Yamagata Shikansen is sometimes called Mini Shinkansen. It is not “Real” Shikansen. It is smaller and slower because of sharing the truck with the local trains between Fukushima and Shinjo via Yamagata.

Route, schedule and time required

Yamagata Shinkansen take you to Yamagata from Tokyo about 3 hours and to Shinjo from Tokyo about 3 hours and 30 minutes. Yamagata Shinkansen is operated 16 round trips. These trains are given a name, “Tsubasa” (=つばさ).


View Yamagata “Mini” Shinkansen in a larger map

Stations

The stations are same as Tohoku Shinkanse between Tokyo and Fukushima. Please refer to Tohoku Shikansen.

Station Tsubasa
Fukushima (福島) x
Yonezawa (米沢) x
Takahata (高畠) *
Akayu (赤湯) *
Kaminoyama-Onsen (かみのやま温泉) *
Yamagata (山形) x
Tendō (天童) *
Sakurambo-Higashine (さくらんぼ東根) *
Murayama (村山) *
Ōishida (大石田) *
Shinjō (新庄) x

x:All trains stop *:some trains stop

Accommodation

Tsubasa is operated with Max Yamabiko on Tohoku Shinkansen. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

Tsubasa is operated with Max Yamabiko on Tohoku Shinkansen. (C) Sonic Rail Garden

All trains are operated by E3 series. 400 series was used for this train since Yamagata Shinkansen was started to operate and it had a nice reputation because there is 2+1 seat configuration in Green class. But E3 series gives you 2+2 seat configuration for both Green and Ordinary. The seat pitch in Green seat is 1160mm. All seats have a power outlet to charge batteries and using Laptop. The seat pitch in Ordinary seat is 980mm. This is a standard of JR East Shinkansens (Tohoku, Joetsu, Nagano, Akita and Yamagata). But Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen give you 1040mm seat pitch. This 60mm difference is quite big. All window side and the first row seat have a power outlet in Ordinary class too.

Tsubasa train formation

11 12 13 14 15 16 17
G R R R R NR NR

Car numbers are starting from 11 because Tsubasa is operated with Max Yamabiko between Fukushima and Tokyo.

Images

*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images below.

Green seat (Seat pitch 1160mm/Seat configuration 2+2)
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Ordinary seat (Seat pitch 980mm/Seat configuration 2+2.)
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Sanitary space
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Other facilities
Door, public phone, luggage space and step between train and platform.
Yamagata Shinkansen E3 series other facilites Yamagata Shinkansen E3 series other facilites Yamagata Shinkansen E3 series other facilites Yamagata Shinkansen E3 series other facilites


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2 Comments to “Direct transfer to Yamagata and Shinjo, Yamagata Shinkansen (bullet train)”

  1. Aaron Theseira says:

    Hi Takeshi,

    I have a question about going to Zao Onsen using the Yamagata Shinkansen. I notice that the buses from Zao to Yamagata all arrive at 5 minutes past the hour (eg 12:05), but the Tsubasa leaves at 6 minutes past (12:06). Is one minute enough to catch the train? Seems very difficult. Thank you!

    Aaron

    • JPRail says:

      Hi Aaron,
      One minute is completely impossible. Please see the link below to get the English map of Yamagata station:
      http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/stations/e1600.html
      Yamagata station is not a big station. But 5 minutes is minimum connection time in my opinion. Especially the bus schedule may be affected easily by traffic and weather. So 5 minutes maybe risky.
      Takeshi / JP Rail

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