JOYFUL TRAINS

Resort Minori

Service interval: Sendai to Shinjo Stations

  • 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.

*Online seat reservation will be available from Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 beginning at 5:30AM (JST) Online booking makes it easy! JR-EAST Train Reservation

Go inside with Google Street View

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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

The KiHa 48 series train: three cars, 104-person occupancy
Note: The information provided here is current as of December 2018 and is subject to change.

Regular stops

Regular stops

Timetables

Route & Timetables

Resort Minori (up until March 13th)

Stops Outbound Inbound
Sendai 9:13 (dep.) 17:39 (arr.)
Matsushima 9:34 (dep.) 17:18 (dep.)
Kogota 9:53 (dep.) 17:01 (dep.)
Furukawa 10:14 (dep.) 16:45 (dep.)
Iwadeyama 10:31 (dep.) 16:30 (dep.)
Yūbikan 10:34 (dep.) 16:25 (dep.)
Kawatabi-Onsen 10:50 (dep.) 16:11 (dep.)
Narukogotenyu 10:56 (dep.) 16:06 (dep.)
Naruko-Onsen 11:00 (arr.)
11:23 (dep.)
16:02 (dep.)
16:00 (arr.)
Nakayamadaira-Onsen 11:32 (dep.) 15:52 (dep.)
Akakura-Onsen 11:49 (dep.) 15:36 (dep.)
Mogami 11:57 (dep.) 15:30 (dep.)
Semi-Onsen 12:07 (dep.) 15:19 (dep.)
Shinjō 12:26 (arr.) 15:01 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound

Resort Minori (from March 14th onwards)

Stops Outbound Inbound
Sendai 9:13 (dep.) 17:39 (arr.)
Matsushima 9:34 (dep.) 17:18 (dep.)
Kogota 9:53 (dep.) 17:01 (dep.)
Furukawa 10:14 (dep.) 16:45 (dep.)
Iwadeyama 10:31 (dep.) 16:30 (dep.)
Yūbikan 10:34 (dep.) 16:25 (dep.)
Kawatabi-Onsen 10:50 (dep.) 16:11 (dep.)
Narukogotenyu 10:56 (dep.) 16:06 (dep.)
Naruko-Onsen 11:00 (arr.)
11:23 (dep.)
16:03 (dep.)
16:00 (arr.)
Nakayamadaira-Onsen 11:32 (dep.) 15:52 (dep.)
Akakura-Onsen 11:49 (dep.) 15:36 (dep.)
Mogami 11:57 (dep.) 15:30 (dep.)
Semi-Onsen 12:07 (dep.) 15:19 (dep.)
Shinjō 12:26 (arr.) 15:01 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound
  • * The above information is current as of January 24, 2020.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.

Calendar

Green circle Brown circle Days marked with colored circles indicate the days this train service is in operation.

If you click on a date the train is in operation, you can search for empty seats and make a ticket reservation.
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Green circle3-car configuration Brown circle2-car configuration

January 2020 Calendar
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This train service is in operation on the following days in January 2020.

▍3-car configuration
Not in operation.
▍2-car configuration
11th to 13th, 18th, 19th
February 2020 Calendar
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This train service is in operation on the following days in February 2020.

▍3-car configuration
Not in operation.
▍2-car configuration
1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 22nd to 24th, 29th
March 2020 Calendar
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This train service is in operation on the following days in March 2020.

▍3-car configuration
1st, 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 20th to 22nd, 28th, 29th
▍2-car configuration
Not in operation.
April 2020 Calendar
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This train service is in operation on the following days in April 2020.

▍3-car configuration
4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, 26th, 29th
▍2-car configuration
Not in operation.
May 2020 Calendar
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This train service is in operation on the following days in May 2020.

▍3-car configuration
1st to 6th, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st
▍2-car configuration
Not in operation.
June 2020 Calendar
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
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This train service is in operation on the following days in June 2020.

▍3-car configuration
6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th
▍2-car configuration
Not in operation.
  • * The above information is current as of January 24, 2020.
  • * Service dates may be subject to change.
  • * All seats on the Resort Minori are reserved (and non-smoking). Please purchase a basic fare ticket and a reserved seat ticket.
  • * Tickets are available from 10:00 one month before the departure date at JR ticket offices (Midori-no-madoguchi) and travel service centers (View Plaza) at key JR East stations and at major travel agencies.
  • * The name of the train may sometimes be changed to match events being held along its route.

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.

Online seat reservation

*Online seat reservation will be available from Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 beginning at 5:30AM (JST)

Online booking makes it easy! JR-EAST Train Reservation