Japan Railway usually revise the timetable every March. Hayabusa on Tohoku Shinkansen, Mizuho and Sakura on Kyushu Shinkansen were introduced in this past March. All JR six companies released the outline of next timetable revision in March 2012. I will show you the outline about this timetable revision.
Overnight train, Nihonkai and Kitaguni will be discontinued as a scheduled train.
I already mentioned this news on Twitter. Now it is officially confirmed. JR East and West said they will continue to operate these trains as a seasonal train. But they don’t explain about details at this moment. I don’t know how many days they operate and what kind of accommodation will be used for these trains. Especially 583 series for Kitaguni is more than 40 years old. It may not have any berth and will be operated by day time train accommodation. JR Group will release an information about spring seasonal trains around mid March. I will let you know about details of this issue after I receive that information.
More E5 series will be introduced on Tohoku Shinkansen.
The newest fleet E5 series was introduced in this past March. It was used for the fastest train Hayabusa only. They introduced more fleet and started to use for Hayate and Yamabiko too. Next March, JR East will introduce another 4 formations. (It will be total 10 formations.) 7 of 15 round trips of Hayate between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori will be operated by E5 series. Now it will be much easier to get the highest class, Glan class seat. JR East will use this E5 series for short distance train “Nasuno” that is operated between Tokyo and Nasu-Shiobara too. But you cannot get any drink and meal on Glan class of Nasuno.
*If you need more information about E5 series, please see the post, Tohoku Shinkansen E5 series for Hayabusa, Hayate and Yamabiko image gallery
300 series on Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen, 100 series on Sanyo Shinkansen will be disused.
300 series was a standard train on Tokaido and Sanyo Shikansen between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka, Hiroshima, Hakata. Now JR Central and West will stop using this series. They will use only the newest N700 for all scheduled Nozomi. Hikari that is most popular train for Japan Rail Pass user will be operated by mostly 700 series and some by N700 series.
Some service of Narita Express will be cut.
JR East said they will keep all 27 round trips between Narita airport and Tokyo. But they will cut some part of extended route, like to Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Yokohama and Omiya. They did not mention about a detail. The final timetable will be released in February 25, 2012.
No more smoking in dining car of Hokutosei and Cassiopeia.
It is still allowed to smoke in some part of operation time now. But it will totally be non smoking environment in next March.
New fleet 287 series will be introduced for Kuroshio between Shin-Osaka/Kyoto and Shirahama.
287 series was already introduced for the train to Kinoski or Amanohashidate area, like Kounotori and Kinosaki. This fleet will be introduced for Kuroshio. JR West operates three different name’s train, Kuroshio, Super Kuroshio and Ocean Arrow. They will
More Mizuho and Sakura between Shin-Osaka and Kagoshima-chuo.
JR West and Kyushu will add one more Mizuho and seven more Sakura. We will have 5 round trips of Mizuho and 18 round trips of Sakura a day. It will be more accessible to Kyushu from Osaka. These three names will be unified as Kuroshio.