JOYFUL TRAINS

Resort Minori

Service interval: Tohoku Main Line, Riku-East Line

  • Resort Minori
  • Resort Minori

Affectionately referred to as the "Hot Spring Line with Deep, Narrow Tracks," the Riku-East Line saw the debut of the Resort Minori in response to the passenger requests for truly fulfilling travel. Meaning "fulfilling" or "fruitful," the word Minori in the name comes from suggestions from the public and signifies a fruitful harvest, a fulfilling hot spring visit and the abundance of beautiful tree colors in the fall, all excellent examples of the attractions a trip on the Riku-East Line offers.

A three-car train pulled by a remodeled KiHa 48 diesel locomotive services the line. With a deep scarlet and black lacquer base recalling the brilliant fall leaves that decorate the region, the cars are highlighted with metallic gold lines to represent the full ears of rice that can be seen from the train. Colored in warm hues, the interior is designed with spacious spacious legroom (1,200-millimeter seat pitch) for a relaxing, comfortable journey. From the large windows in the Observation Space in the lead car, travelers can enjoy to their heart’s content beautiful scenery such as fields of rice rippling into the distance and Naruko Canyon.

Go inside with Google Street View

Go inside with Google Street View

Car interior

Ordinary car, reserved seating

The reclining seats welcome passengers to a relaxing trip that recalls the fall beauty of Naruko Canyon and other picturesque locations. With a seat pitch of 1,200 millimeters, there is plenty of room to stretch out the legs and there is space for wheelchairs as well. The wide windows provide excellent views of the scenery along the tracks. In addition to the regular tables, there are also tables in the armrests.

Ordinary car, reserved seating

Observation Space

The large windows are a popular feature for the wide panoramas of the scenery they provide. Sit in the seat with the adjustable backrest to enjoy the gorgeous scenery all by yourself. And don't forget to get your commemorative train stamp as a reminder of your great trip.

Observation Space

Event venue

A variety of events are held on themes related to the Riku-East Line in the venue located in car number two (events are limited to specific engagement dates). Train guides are also available to provide sightseeing information about the area.

Event venue

Car layout

  • Sendai, Kogota
  • Shinjo
  • Car no.1 Ordinary designated seating, 34 passengers
  • Car no.2 Ordinary designated seating, 36 passengers
  • Car no.3 Ordinary designated seating, 34 passengers
  • Car no.1 Ordinary designated seating, 34 passengers
  • Car no.2 Ordinary designated seating, 36 passengers
  • Car no.3 Ordinary designated seating, 34 passengers

Regular stops

Regular stops

Operating schedule

How to purchase

Tickets for the Resort Minori 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.