JOYFUL TRAINS

Resort Shirakami
(橅/青池/くまげら)

Service interval: Aomori to Akita Stations

  • Resort Shirakami
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The Resort Shirakami runs on the Gono line through the stunning seaside scenery of Shirakami-Sanchi, a World Heritage Site. In 2018, Shirakami-Sanchi celebrated its 25th year since its registration as a World Heritage Site.

The second train configuration for the Resort Shirakami, the Buna (Japanese Beech), evokes a grove of beech trees with an exterior whose gradation of light and dark green tones suggests the sunlight filtering through the leaves, and the trains design aims for greater harmony with nature by utilizing a hybrid electrical/deisel engine system.

The interior is finished using many of the trees that grow along the tracks, including Japanese Cedar from Akita and hiba from Aoyama, to create a warm and peaceful atmosphere. The No. 3 train, "Oraho," also includes a counter which sells tasty goodies from the various stops along the route to enjoy while taking in the scenery outside.

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Go inside with Google Street View

Go inside with Google Street View

青池(Aoike)

くまげら(Kumagera)

Car interior (Buna)

Observation room and event space (car no. 1 and 4 on the Buna)

The observatories installed in car no. 1 and 4 are event spaces that become extraordinary venues when filled with Akita and Aomori crafts such as bunako (beech woodcraft) and Akita woodcraft, a symbolic beech tree, and other special exhibits.

Observation room and event space (car no. 1 and 4 on the Buna)

Ordinary car reserved seats (car no. 1, 3 and 4 on the Buna)

The warm colors of the brightly designed seats call to mind the summer festivals of Tohoku.

Ordinary car reserved seats (car no. 1, 3 and 4 on the Buna)

Box seats (car no. 2 on the Buna)

Filled with light, the box seats provide better views than before and have a spacious feel. Look out on the beautiful views along the line. Also, lighting fixtures made from bunako woodcraft decorate the interior, giving warmth and comfort.

Box seats (car no. 2 on the Buna)

The ORAHO counter (car no. 3 on the Buna)

New features include the ORAHO counter and a symbolic beech tree. Select from locally crafted sake, coffee made with natural water from Shirakami-Sanchi highlands, sweets and other specialty products made along the rail line. Enjoy while taking in the scenery from the car windows.

A "Nomono" (things from) shop area in the train sells Gono Line Nomono products representing the Resort Shirakami and includes a Tokyo Nomono shop.

Note: "Nomono" shops carry foods and other local specialty products from around the Eastern Japan.

The ORAHO counter (car no. 3 on the Buna)

What is a hybrid system?

The hybrid system used combines a diesel engine and lithium ion batteries to provide the electric motor with power to move. During start-up, the battery power is used, and the diesel engine works to move the generator during acceleration. This combination makes the motor operate. During deceleration, the motor is used as a generator, and the brake energy is converted to electricity and stored back in the batteries.

Car layout

  • Buna Car no.1 Ordinary car, Reserved seating no.2 Box seating
  • Car no.3 Box seating Car no.4 Ordinary car, Reserved seating
  • Aoike Car no.1 Ordinary car, Reserved seating Car no.2 Box seating
  • Car no.3 Ordinary car, Reserved seating Car no.4 Ordinary car, Reserved seating
  • Kumagera Car no.1 Ordinary car, Reserved seating Car no.2 Box seating
  • Car no.3 Ordinary car, Reserved seating Car no.4 Ordinary car, Reserved seating
  • Buna Car no.1 Ordinary car, Reserved seating no.2 Box seating
  • Car no.3 Box seating Car no.4 Ordinary car, Reserved seating
  • Aoike Car no.1 Ordinary car, Reserved seating Car no.2 Box seating
  • Car no.3 Ordinary car, Reserved seating Car no.4 Ordinary car, Reserved seating
  • Kumagera Car no.1 Ordinary car, Reserved seating Car no.2 Box seating
  • Car no.3 Ordinary car, Reserved seating Car no.4 Ordinary car, Reserved seating

Regular stops

Regular stops

Timetables

Route & Timetables

Route & Timetables

Notes:

  • 1. Basic fare tickets and reserved seat tickets are not sold during the departure time period of the Resort Shirakami no. 4 and 6 at Oiwake, Hachirogata, and Akitashirakami Stations.
  • 2. Basic fare, reserved seat and other tickets are not sold at Iwadate, Juniko, WeSPa-Tsubakiyama, Senjojiki, and Fujisaki Stations.
  • 3. Basic fare, reserved seat and other tickets are not sold at Fukaura Station during the departure time period of the Resort Shirakami no. 6.
  • 4. Basic fare, reserved seat and other tickets are not sold at Ajigasawa Station during the departure time period of the Resort Shirakami no. 5 and 6.
  • 5. Basic fare, reserved seat and other tickets may be available for sale at Mutsu-Morita Station during the departure time period of the Resort Shirakami no. 6. Basic fare, reserved seat and other tickets are not sold during the departure time period of the Resort Shirakami no. 5.
  • 6. Basic fare, reserved seat and other tickets are not sold at Mutsu-Tsuruda, Itayanagi, and Kawabe Stations during the departure time period of the Resort Shirakami no. 5.

Calendar

Days marked with colored circles indicate the service days of the corresponding trains.

橅(Buna) 青池(Aoike) くまげら(Kumagera)

March 2019Open
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April 2019Open
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May 2019Open
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June 2019Open
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July 2019Open
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August 2019Open
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September 2019Open
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Note:

  • Service dates are subject to change.

How to purchase

Tickets for the Resort Shirakami 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.

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