Sanyo Shinkansen is operated between Shin-Osaka and Hakata. But Sanyo Shinkansen is connected with Tokaido Shinkansen (from Nagoya, Kyoto and Tokyo) at Shin-Osaka and Kyushu Shinkansen (from Kumamoto and Kagoshima) at Hakata.
Most of trains run from Tokyo (Nozomi and Hikari) are operated by Tokaido Shinkansen fleet, 700 series or N700 series. If you look for the images of these trains, please see Tokaido Shinkansen image gallery.
Most of trains to Kyushu, such as Kumamoto or Kagoshima-chuo (Mizuho and Sakura) are operated by Kyushu Shinkansen fleet, N700 series. If you look for the image of this train, please see N700 series for Kyushu Shinkansen Mizuho and Sakura.
In this post, I show you the images of 700 series and 500 series. These train sets are used as “Kodama” (stops at all stations) of Sanyo Shinkansen.
And you can find 800 series of Kyushu Shinkansen segment (Hakata – Kagoshima-Chuo) at Kyushu Shinkansen.
*Sonic Rail Garden has copyright for all images below.
Hikari Rail Star is operated by modified 700 series. The interior is different from Tokaido Shinkansen 700 series. This is only 8 cars train formation (Tokaido 700 series 16 cars formation) and no Green seat in this formation. But reserved ordinary seat gives you 2+2 seat configuration. The seat pitch is same as common ordinary seat, the width is completely different. Don’t take non reserved seat when you take this train.
After Mar 12, 2011, Kyushu Shinkansen Mizuho and Sakura go through Sanyo Shinkansen. Since then, the trips of Hikari Rail Star were reduced. Sakura and Mizuho are operated by newer N700 series. These trains give you same or better quality of service than Hikari Rail Star. Please be careful that you cannot take Mizuho by Japan Rail Pass.
500 series was used for Nozomi. This train was seen on both Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen. But now this series was refurbished and used for Kodama. You can see this train as Kodama between Shin-Osaka and Hakata only.