Two trains run on the Joban Line, the HITACHI which mainly runs between Shinagawa and Iwaki, and the TOKIWA which mainly runs between Shinagawa and Katsuta. The E657 series of trains, currently operating on the route, is designed to evoke an image of the white and red ume blossoms found at Kairaku-en in Mito. The car body is a pink-hued white color with a dark pink line running under the windows on the side.

The Train Line-up

Series E657

Series E657

HITACHI: Shinagawa / Ueno – Iwaki
TOKIWA: Shinagawa / Ueno – Katsuta / Iwaki

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Interior Layout of Cars

The HITACHI and TOKIWA series E657: 10-car trains

Non-smoking cars

The HITACHI and TOKIWA series E657: 10-car trains

The HITACHI and TOKIWA series E657: 10-car trains

  • Green cars (First class)
  • Changing bed
  • Lavatory
  • Restrooms
  • Men's toilet
  • Seats for wheelchair users
  • Accessible facility
  • Conductor's room

Timetables and Seat Reservations

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Places of Interest


Mito is the home to Kairaku-en, counted as one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan along with Kenroku-en in Kanazawa and Koraku-en in Okayama. Kairaku-en was created in 1842 by Nariaki Tokugawa, the daimyo (lord) of Mito. The botanical collection at Kairaku-en includes 3,000 ume (plum) trees of about 100 varieties, and the month-long Mito Plum Festival celebrates their beauty from the end of February. Mito is located near the Pacific Ocean, making Oarai and Nakaminato close trips where the aquarium and fresh seafood can be enjoyed.
Access: Take the Joban Line to Mito Station.
Fukuroda Falls
Fukuroda Falls is one of the three Great Waterfalls of Japan, and its beauty is famous throughout the seasons. The most popular times are autumn when the beautiful tree colors surround the falls and in winter when everything becomes frozen.
Access: Take the Suigun Line to Fukuroda Station.
Iwaki is a city located in the eastern part of Fukushima Prefecture, also known as Hamadori. Iwaki has the warmest climate in the Tohoku Region and is blessed with bountiful seafood. The coastline runs for some 60 kilometers, north and south, with beautiful scenery of white sand and reefs. The bountiful seafood that is caught off the coast includes monkfish, bonito (or skipjack tuna), sea urchin and crab. It is worth the trip to Iwaki just to enjoy such wonderful foods.
Access: Take the Joban Line to Iwaki Station.