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.
Experience the fastest art appreciation in the world: the GENBI SHIKANSEN delivers new charms on your journey to Niigata.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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
Note: Some menu items may be subject to change
Car no. 14
Photographs taken on a journey up K2 in the Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan are on display. Get swept away from the interior of the streamlined Shinkansen on a journey of rock and ice to the pinnacle of K2!
Car no. 15
The Shinkansen shoots through the mountains, revealing a momentary glimpse of a previously unknown townscape. It is hoped that these art pieces lead to encounters with new scenery for everyone who shares this moment in time.
Car no. 16
With the beautiful village mountains of Niigata as a backdrop, art pieces ("Niigata Village Mountains") will be on exhibit starting on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Enjoy the debut of these new artworks on the GENBI SHIKANSEN.
Car number 11 is reserved seating only. Car numbers 12 to 16 are non-reserved seating.
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).
* The above information is current as of July 2020.
* The stops and times may be subject to change.
Launched on April 29 2016, the GENBI SHINKANSEN service between Echigo-Yuzawa and Niigata will cease to operate in December 2020. We are thankful for five wonderful years and will make each moment an expression of that gratitude right up until the very end. Please do come and experience the GENBI SHINKANSEN if you have the chance!
Click on a date the train is in operation to search for empty seats and make a ticket reservation. * You need to be registered with JR-EAST Train Reservation.