JOYFUL TRAINS

KAIRI

Service interval: Niigata to Sakata Stations

  • The KAIRI debuts on October 5, 2019
  • KAIRI

The KAIRI ("marine village") train was designed around the concepts of the cuisine of Niigata and Shonai and of the beautiful vistas of the Sea of Japan. Experience the charms of the region through the foods served aboard the KAIRI.

The KAIRI is a new hybrid diesel configured with four cars providing service between Niigata and Sakata. Expressing a dynamic fusion of the setting sun and fresh snow using color gradation, the exterior was designed to become the newest addition to the Niigata landscape.

The sea and village life are prominent characteristics of Niigata Prefecture and the Shonai region of Yamagata Prefecture. With the idea of passengers enjoying wonderful seafood and village cooking while gazing at picturesque panoramas, the KAIRI was named for the sea (kai) and villages (ri).

Car interior

Car no. 1

The primary feature of this car is dual reclining seats. Relax in this spacious car while enjoying the beautiful views of the Sea of Japan, the Echigo and Shonai Plains and the Three Mountains of Dewa.

Car no. 1

Car no. 2

Each compartment in this car seats four people. The seats can be folded down into a full-flat position for stretching out the legs and an extra level of relaxation.

Car no. 2

Car no. 3: Shop

The foods sold in this car will make your KAIRI ride an epicurean delight. Enjoy foods made from fresh Niigata and Shonai ingredients. Made specially for the KAIRI, you will not find these products anywhere else. This car also serves as an event space where food and scenic beauty intersect.

Car no. 3: Shop

Car no. 4: Dining

The dining car features both two-person and four-person seating where passengers can enjoy Niigata and Shonai cuisines to their hearts' content. The plates and other dishes used have been carefully selected to complement the foods.

Car no. 4: Dining

Car layout

  • Sakata
  • Niigata
  • Car no.1 30 reclining seats, Car no.2 32 compartment seats , Car no.3 Onboard shop and event space, Car no.4 24 dining seats

Hybrid diesel HB-300 series – four cars, 86-passenger capacity

Note: Layout images are illustrations.

Regular stops

Regular stops

Note:

  • The station stops are subject to change.

Route & Timetables

KAIRI

Stops Outbound Inbound
Niigata 10:12 (dep.) 18:31 (arr.)
Shibata 10:38 (dep.) 18:06 (dep.)
Nakajō 10:50 (dep.) 17:55 (dep.)
Sakamachi 10:58 (dep.) 17:47 (dep.)
Murakami 11:09 (dep.) 17:36 (dep.)
Kuwagawa 11:25 (arr.)
11:45 (dep.)
17:21 (dep.)
16:52 (arr.)
Sasagawa-nagare
(Sea of Japan coastline)
(Scenic spot) (Scenic spot)
Atsumi-Onsen 12:20 (arr.)
12:30 (dep.)
16:17 (dep.)
Tsuruoka 12:57 (dep.) 15:53 (dep.)
15:23 (arr.)
Amarume 13:09 (dep.) 15:10 (dep.)
Sakata 13:20 (arr.) 15:00 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound
  • * The above information is current as of August 2020.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.
  • * Depending on the situation, it may sometimes not be possible to operate at reduced speeds, and scheduled stops may be shortened.

KAIRI (Revised outbound timetable: September 22nd and November 23rd only)

Stops Outbound Inbound
Niigata 10:12 (dep.) 18:31 (arr.)
Shibata 10:38 (dep.) 18:06 (dep.)
Nakajō 10:50 (dep.) 17:55 (dep.)
Sakamachi 10:58 (dep.) 17:47 (dep.)
Murakami 11:09 (dep.) 17:36 (dep.)
Kuwagawa 11:25 (arr.)
11:25 (dep.)
17:21 (dep.)
16:52 (arr.)
Sasagawa-nagare
(Sea of Japan coastline)
(Scenic spot) (Scenic spot)
Atsumi-Onsen 11:53 (arr.)
11:54 (dep.)
16:17 (dep.)
Tsuruoka 12:22 (dep.) 15:53 (dep.)
15:23 (arr.)
Amarume 12:34 (dep.) 15:10 (dep.)
Sakata 12:44 (arr.) 15:00 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound
  • * The above information is current as of August 2020.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.
  • * Depending on the situation, it may sometimes not be possible to operate at reduced speeds, and scheduled stops may be shortened.

KAIRI (Revised inbound timetable: August 8th to 10th, September 19th and November 21st only)

Stops Outbound Inbound
Niigata 10:12 (dep.) 18:31 (arr.)
Shibata 10:38 (dep.) 18:06 (dep.)
Nakajō 10:50 (dep.) 17:55 (dep.)
Sakamachi 10:58 (dep.) 17:47 (dep.)
Murakami 11:09 (dep.) 17:36 (dep.)
Kuwagawa 11:25 (arr.)
11:45 (dep.)
17:21 (dep.)
17:20 (arr.)
Sasagawa-nagare
(Sea of Japan coastline)
(Scenic spot) (Scenic spot)
Atsumi-Onsen 12:20 (arr.)
12:30 (dep.)
16:55 (dep.)
Tsuruoka 12:57 (dep.) 16:33 (dep.)
16:23 (arr.)
Amarume 13:09 (dep.) 16:11 (dep.)
Sakata 13:20 (arr.) 16:00 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound
  • * The above information is current as of August 2020.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.
  • * Depending on the situation, it may sometimes not be possible to operate at reduced speeds, and scheduled stops may be shortened.

KAIRI (Winter timetable)

Stops Outbound Inbound
Niigata 10:12 (dep.) 18:31 (arr.)
Shibata 10:38 (dep.) 18:06 (dep.)
Nakajō 10:50 (dep.) 17:55 (dep.)
Sakamachi 10:58 (dep.) 17:47 (dep.)
Murakami 11:09 (dep.) 17:36 (dep.)
Kuwagawa 11:25 (arr.)
11:25 (dep.)
17:21 (dep.)
17:20 (arr.)
Sasagawa-nagare
(Sea of Japan coastline)
(Scenic spot for foamy seas) (Scenic spot for foamy seas)
Atsumi-Onsen 11:53 (arr.)
11:54 (dep.)
16:55 (dep.)
Tsuruoka 12:22 (dep.) 16:33 (dep.)
16:23 (arr.)
Amarume 12:34 (dep.) 16:11 (dep.)
Sakata 12:44 (arr.) 16:00 (dep.)
Stops Outbound Inbound
  • * The above information is current as of August 2020.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.
  • * Depending on the situation, it may sometimes not be possible to operate at reduced speeds, and scheduled stops may be shortened.

Calendar

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Days marked with Green circle Brown circle Blue circle Purple circle Red circle indicate the days this train is in operation.

Green circleNiigata to Sakata Brown circleNiigata to Sakata (revised outbound timetable) Blue circleNiigata to Sakata (revised inbound timetable) Purple circleNiigata to Sakata (winter timetable) Red circleNiigata to Akita

August 2020 Calendar
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
           
3 4 5 6
11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20
24 25 26 27
31          

This train is in service on the following days in August 2020.

▍Niigata to Sakata
1st, 2nd, 7th, 21st to 23rd, 28th to 30th
▍Niigata to Sakata (revised inbound timetable)
8th to 10th
September 2020 Calendar
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
    1 2 3
7 8 9 10
14 15 16 17
23 24
28 29 30      

This train is in service on the following days in September 2020.

▍Niigata to Sakata
4th to 6th, 11th to 13th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 25th to 27th
▍Niigata to Sakata (revised outbound timetable)
22nd
▍Niigata to Sakata (revised inbound timetable)
19th
October 2020 Calendar
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
        1
5 6 7 8
12 13 14 15
19 20 21 22
26 27 28 29

This train is in service on the following days in October 2020.

▍Niigata to Sakata
2nd to 4th, 9th to 11th, 18th, 23rd to 25th, 30th, 31st
▍Niigata to Sakata (timetable for extended route to Akita)
16th, 17th
November 2020 Calendar
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
4 5
9 10 11 12
16 17 18 19
24 25 26
30          

This train is in service on the following days in November 2020.

▍Niigata to Sakata
1st to 3rd, 6th to 8th, 13th to 15th, 20th, 22nd, 27th to 29th
▍Niigata to Sakata (revised outbound timetable)
23rd
▍Niigata to Sakata (revised inbound timetable)
21st
December 2020 Calendar
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
    1 2 3 4
7 8 9 10 11
14 15 16 17 18 19
21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

This train is in service on the following days in December 2020.

▍Niigata to Sakata (Winter timetable)
5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 20th
January 2021 Calendar
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
          1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8
12 13 14 15
18 19 20 21 22
25 26 27 28 29
           

This train service is in operation on the following days in January 2021.

▍Niigata to Sakata (Winter timetable)
9th to 11th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st
February 2021 Calendar
Sun. Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat.
  1 2 3 4 5
8 9 10 12
15 16 17 18 19
22 24 25 26
           

This train service is in operation on the following days in February 2021.

▍Niigata to Sakata (Winter timetable)
6th, 7th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, 27th, 28th
  • * The above information is current as of August 2020.
  • * Service dates may be subject to change.

How to purchase

Tickets for the KAIRI are not available for sale outside of Japan. There are multiple ways to purchase tickets as follows.

View Travel Package:
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Passes:
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Tickets:
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