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Tohoku Shinkansen Special Schedule Changing with Partial Lifting of Reduced Operating Speeds

East Japan Railway Company

June 3, 2011

The Tohoku Shinkansen, which is currently operating at reduced speeds between Nasushiobara and Morioka stations because of the effects of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, will return to its ordinary operating speeds between Nasushiobara and Fukushima stations and between Ichinoseki and Morioka stations, sections where recovery work has progressed. Therefore we are changing the operating schedule, and trains will operate under a special schedule.
Tohoku Shinkansen trains will continue to operate at reduced speeds between Fukushima and Ichinoseki stations. We ask for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience.

 

1.

Sections where reduced operating speeds are lifted

     
    Nasushiobara - Fukushima stations and Ichinoseki - Morioka stations
    * Trains will continue to operate at reduced speeds between Fukushima and Ichinoseki stations
       
 

2.

Schedule change date

     
    July 9 (Saturday)
     
 

3.

Overview of special schedule

     
    Trip times will be greatly reduced. ("Hayate" between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori will take only about 30 minutes more than the ordinary schedule, instead of 60 minutes more now.)
Additionally, the number of trains arriving and departing Tokyo Station will be increased by 17, to 161.
    "Hayabusa" will make two round trips (i.e., four trains) between Tokyo and Shin-Aomori stations and one round trip (two trains) between Tokyo and Sendai stations. The average time from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori will be 21 minutes longer than before the earthquake.
(This is 34 minutes shorter than the current schedule with reduced operating speeds.)
    "Tsubasa" will operate on its ordinary schedule and will make 16 round trips between Tokyo and Yamagata/Shinjo.
    "Komachi" will make 14 round trips between Tokyo and Akita. The average time from Tokyo to Akita will be 27 minutes longer than before the earthquake. (This is 32 minutes shorter than the current schedule with reduced operating speeds.)
    Times and train names will change along with the schedule that ends July 8.
       
 

4.

Sales of reserved seat tickets

     
    Ticket sales begin at 10:00 AM one month prior to the travel date.
    * You can also use Eki-net Reservation or Mobile Suica Tokkyuken (express tickets).
    * "Hayabusa" express fares can be purchased for the same fee as "Hayate" and "Yamabiko," etc.


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