Tsugaru is an inter-city train that connects Aomori with several cities in Akita Pre. (秋田県) and Aomori Pref. (青森県), such as Hirosaki (弘前) and Oodate (大館). You can transfer from Tohoku Shinkansen at Shin-Aomori, and Akita Shinkansen at Akita. If you go to Hirosaki or Oodate, using Tohoku Shinkanse is the faster than Akita Shinansen connection. Of course this train and Tohoku or Akita Shinkansen are fully covered by Japan Rail Pass.
Route and Schedule
Tugaru is operated 4 round trips between Aomori (青森) and Akita (秋田). In peak season, usually a few more trips are operated. This limited express train connects Aomori with Hirosaki in 40 minutes, Aomori with Akita in 2 hours and 45 minutes. Shin-Aomori is only 6 minutes away from Aomori. So time required when you transfer at Shin-Aomori is almost same.
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Tsugaru is operated by JR East E751 series. The seat configuration in Green seat is 2+2. The seat pitch is 1160mm. In Ordinary seat has same seat configuration. The seat pitch is 910mm.
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G=Green seat R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non-Reserved ordinary seat