JOYFUL TRAINS

GENBI SHINKANSEN

Service interval: Echigo-Yuzawa to Niigata

  • GENBI SHINKANSEN
  • GENBI SHINKANSEN

The world's fastest art experience!
The GENBI SHINKANSEN

Modern art created by prominent artists especially for the GENBI SHINKANSEN is on exhibit in each car. Additionally, the train features a café that serves Tsubame Coffee, a popular beverage from Tsubame-Sanjo, and desserts made from carefully selected local ingredients under the supervision of Chef Romi Igarashi from romi-unie.

Other attractive onboard features include a playroom where kids can interact with modern art first hand, and train windows offering beautiful panoramas along the route.

A unique journey of art appreciation on the Shinkansen, this is an experience not to be missed.

Car interior

Car no. 11

The artwork on display was conceived by incorporating the unique space, light and speed of the Shinkansen, and built around the themes of bountiful harvests, festivals and light. Take a seat and experience an amazing moment of change in which you discover the immensity of the light that surrounds us in the world.

Car no. 11

Car no. 12

Reflective stainless steel mirrors the interior of the car with modern Niigata spread out in the background. Green mountains, the great blue sky, golden tassels of rice swaying in the wind and a snowy wonderland—beautiful scenery is reflected throughout the year. Tunnels along the route are like pauses in a magnificent symphonic performance. Enjoy the reflective creations that play out like a picture scroll.

Car no. 12

Kids Space – car no. 13

With the popular toy train track system Plarail as a motif, the walls and floor of the car interior unfold in a map-like pattern decorated with mountain-like objects. The space itself is an act of playing.

Kids Space – car no. 13

Café – car no. 13

Created around the concept of the GENBI SHINKANSEN route, the onboard café recreates the atmosphere of Joetsu, particularly Mikuni Kaido, a traditional thoroughfare in use for centuries. The works of art in the café expand the imagination with the beauty of the seasons depicted in the local landscapes. This space makes your travel time more enjoyable.

Café – car no. 13

Café Menu

Desserts made by Tokamachi Sukoyaka Factory under the supervision of dessert researcher Chef Romi Igarashi, and Tsubame Coffee, a carefully selected brand, are slated for the menu.
Desserts: Vanilla cake made with rice flour from Uonuma, Sado Butter Financiers, other
Beverages: coffee, caffè lattes, beer, other

Car layout

  • Echigo-Yuzawa
  • Niigata
  • Car no. 11 – Nao Matsumoto (artist), Car no. 12 – Yusuke Komuta (artist), Car no. 13 – Kids Space paramodel (artist), Car no. 13 – Café Kentaro Kobuke (artist), Car no. 14 – Naoki Ishikawa (photographer), Car no. 15 – Haruka Kojin (artist), Car no. 16 – Brian Alfred (artist), Exterior – Mika Ninagawa (photographer, film director)
  • Car no. 11 – Nao Matsumoto (artist), Car no. 12 – Yusuke Komuta (artist), Car no. 13 – Kids Space paramodel (artist), Car no. 13 – Café Kentaro Kobuke (artist), Car no. 14 – Naoki Ishikawa (photographer), Car no. 15 – Haruka Kojin (artist), Car no. 16 – Brian Alfred (artist), Exterior – Mika Ninagawa (photographer, film director)

Car number 11 is reserved seating only. Car numbers 12 to 16 are non-reserved seating.

Notes:

  • Feel free to move between the cars.
  • The fare and limited express charge for reserved and non-reserved seating are the same as for the Joetsu Shinkansen (there are no additional charges).

Regular stops

Regular stops

Operating schedule

How to purchase

Tickets for the GENBI SHINKANSEN are not available for sale outside of Japan. There are multiple ways to purchase tickets as follows.

View Travel Package:
Available for sale at JR EAST Travel Service Centers at Tokyo, Shinjuku and other stations, as well as at your nearby Travel Service Centers (View Plaza).
Passes:
Purchase a pass that is for foreign visitors to Japan and covers the travel area. Recommended passes when visiting Japan
Tickets:
Available for sale at JR EAST Travel Service Centers and your local JR Ticket Office (Midori-no-madoguchi).

Note: Not all services are available on certain trains when boarding with a pass or a ticket.