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E2 series (left) and 200 series (right)

E2 series (left) and original fleet 200 series (right). All 200 series were retired already.

Tohoku Shinkansen and Joetsu Shinkansen share the track between Tokyo and Omiya. So some types of trains are used on both Tohoku and Joetsu. I show you several types of trains that are used on Tohoku or Joetsu Shinkansen. If you are looking for the general information about these Shinkansens, please read Tohoku Shinkansen or Joetsu Shinkansen.

*If you are looking for the images of Akita, Yamagata or Nagano, please refer the following posts:

Akita Shinkansen
Yamagata Shinkansen
Nagano Shinkansen

*If you are looking for the images of the newest E5 series for Hayabusa (Gran class seat), please refer the following posts:

this post, Gran class and all class seat of Tohoku Shinkansen E5 series and Gran class for Hayabusa, Hayate and Yamabiko image gallery.

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E2 series

E2 series is the main train on Tohoku Shinkansen.

E2 series is developed as replacement of 200 series. It is major train on Joetsu Shinkansen and some trains sets are used on Tohoku Shinkansen as well.

If you take a Green seat on Hayate, complimentary drink and a moist paper hand towel are served by Green car attendant.


Green seat (Seat pitch 1160mm/Seat configuration 2+2)

Ordinary seat (Seat pitch 980mm/Seat configuration 2+3.)

Sanitary space

Other facilities
Public phone boose, vending machine and luggage space

E4 series

Newer double decker train E4 series

This double decker train is newer than first ever Shinkansen double decker fleet E1 series. This train is called “Max” (=Multi Amenity Express) as well. This series is used for both Tohoku and Joetsu Shinkansen, such as Max Yamabiko, Max Nasuno, Max Toki and Max Tanigawa. This series has 3+3 seat configuration in upper cabin on car#1 to 3. This is the worst seat in entire Shinkansen trains. These cars are usually used as Non Reserved seat. This series is operated by 1 unit 8 cars formation basically. But in the peak season, it is operated 2 units combination 16 cars train formation. In this case, there are 3+3 seat on Car#1-3 and 9-11. When you take “Max” train, please be careful and try to get a reserved seat. On Joetsu Shinkansen, there are very high sound proof walls beside most part of the track. If you want to enjoy the scenery, take a seat on upper cabin. You can never enjoy the scenery from lower cabin.


Green seat (Seat pitch 1160mm/Seat configuration 2+2)

Ordinary seat on lower cabin in Car#1-8/9-16 (Seat pitch 980mm/Seat configuration 2+3.)

Ordinary seat on upper cabin in Car#4-6/12-14 (Seat pitch 980mm/Seat configuration 2+3.)

Ordinary seat on upper cabin in Car#1-3/9-11 (Seat pitch 980mm/Seat configuration 3+3.)

Sanitary space

Other facilities
Public phone boose, vending machine and jump seat

E3 series

This fleet was used for Komachi on Akita Shinkansen before newer E6 series. This train set is used for peak hours and seasonal operation on Tohoku Shinkansen.


Green seat (Seat pitch 1160mm/Seat configuration 2+2)

Ordinary seat (Seat pitch 980mm/Seat configuration 2+2.)

Sanitary space

Other facilities
step between train and platform, public phone, vending machine and luggage space.


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