JOYFUL TRAINS

Resort Shirakami
(橅/青池/くまげら)

Service interval: Aomori to Akita Stations

  • Resort Shirakami
  • Resort Shirakami
  • Resort Shirakami

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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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

Resort Shirakami

Stops 1 3 5 2 4 6
Akita 8:20 (dep.) 10:51 (dep.) 13:58 (dep.) 13:27 (arr.) 18:56 (arr.) 20:44 (arr.)
Oiwake
*1
8:31 (arr.)
8:32 (dep.)
11:03 (arr.)
11:04 (dep.)
14:09 (arr.)
14:10 (dep.)
13:14(dep.)
13:13 (arr.)
18:44(dep.)
18:43 (arr.)
20:31(dep.)
20:31 (arr.)
Hachirōgata
*1
8:45 (arr.)
8:46 (dep.)
11:19 (arr.)
11:21 (dep.)
14:24 (arr.)
14:24 (dep.)
12:58(dep.)
12:56 (arr.)
18:29(dep.)
18:29 (arr.)
20:17(dep.)
20:16 (arr.)
Moritake 9:00 (arr.)
9:01 (dep.)
(No stop) (No stop) 12:40(dep.)
12:39 (arr.)
(No stop) (No stop)
Higashi-Noshiro 9:12 (arr.)
9:19 (dep.)
11:45 (arr.)
11:54 (dep.)
14:52 (arr.)
14:59 (dep.)
12:27(dep.)
12:21 (arr.)
18:05(dep.)
17:59 (arr.)
19:51(dep.)
19:44 (arr.)
Noshiro 9:24 (arr.)
9:34 (dep.)
11:59 (arr.)
12:16 (dep.)
15:04 (arr.)
15:05 (dep.)
12:16(dep.)
12:15 (arr.)
17:54(dep.)
17:53 (arr.)
19:39(dep.)
19:38 (arr.)
Akitashirakami
*1
9:57 (arr.)
9:57 (dep.)
12:39 (arr.)
12:39 (dep.)
15:27 (arr.)
15:28 (dep.)
11:53(dep.)
11:52 (arr.)
17:30(dep.)
17:30 (arr.)
19:15(dep.)
19:15 (arr.)
Iwadate
*2
10:02 (arr.)
10:08 (dep.)
12:44 (arr.)
12:47 (dep.)
15:32 (arr.)
15:37 (dep.)
11:48(dep.)
11:47 (arr.)
17:25(dep.)
17:23 (arr.)
19:10(dep.)
19:08 (arr.)
Jūniko
*2
10:28 (arr.)
10:28 (dep.)
13:07 (arr.)
13:07 (dep.)
15:57 (arr.)
15:57 (dep.)
11:27(dep.)
11:26 (arr.)
17:04(dep.)
17:03 (arr.)
18:49(dep.)
18:48 (arr.)
WeSPa Tsubakiyama
*2
10:40 (arr.)
10:40 (dep.)
13:19 (arr.)
13:19 (dep.)
16:09 (arr.)
16:10 (dep.)
11:16(dep.)
11:16 (arr.)
16:53(dep.)
16:53 (arr.)
18:38(dep.)
18:38 (arr.)
Fukaura
*3
10:54 (arr.)
10:58 (dep.)
13:33 (arr.)
13:35 (dep.)
16:23 (arr.)
16:39 (dep.)
11:02(dep.)
10:57 (arr.)
16:39(dep.)
16:37 (arr.)
18:24(dep.)
17:58 (arr.)
Senjōjiki
*2
(No stop) 14:00 (arr.)
14:15 (dep.)
17:04 (arr.)
17:19 (dep.)
10:32(dep.)
10:18 (arr.)
16:13(dep.)
15:58 (arr.)
(No stop)
Ajigasawa
*4
11:42 (arr.)
11:44 (dep.)
14:36 (arr.)
14:38 (dep.)
17:43 (arr.)
17:53 (dep.)
9:56(dep.)
9:53 (arr.)
15:36(dep.)
15:34 (arr.)
17:13(dep.)
17:10 (arr.)
Mutsu-Morita
*5
11:56 (arr.)
11:56 (dep.)
14:50 (arr.)
14:50 (dep.)
18:05 (arr.)
18:05 (dep.)
9:41(dep.)
9:41 (arr.)
15:23(dep.)
15:22 (arr.)
16:59(dep.)
16:58 (arr.)
Kizukuri
*6
12:01 (arr.)
12:02 (dep.)
14:55 (arr.)
14:56 (dep.)
18:10 (arr.)
18:11 (dep.)
9:35(dep.)
9:35 (arr.)
15:17(dep.)
15:16 (arr.)
16:53(dep.)
16:52 (arr.)
Goshogawara 12:08 (arr.)
12:09 (dep.)
15:02 (arr.)
15:10 (dep.)
18:17 (arr.)
18:18 (dep.)
9:28(dep.)
9:26 (arr.)
15:10(dep.)
15:09 (arr.)
16:46(dep.)
16:45 (arr.)
Mutsu-Tsuruda
*6
12:16 (arr.)
12:17 (dep.)
15:17 (arr.)
15:17 (dep.)
18:25 (arr.)
18:26 (dep.)
9:20(dep.)
9:19 (arr.)
15:03(dep.)
15:02 (arr.)
16:38(dep.)
16:38 (arr.)
Itayanagi
*2
12:24 (arr.)
12:25 (dep.)
15:25 (arr.)
15:26 (dep.)
18:33 (arr.)
18:34 (dep.)
9:12(dep.)
9:11 (arr.)
14:55(dep.)
14:54 (arr.)
16:30(dep.)
16:29 (arr.)
Fujisaki
*2
12:31 (arr.)
12:31 (dep.)
15:32 (arr.)
15:32 (dep.)
18:40 (arr.)
18:40 (dep.)
9:05(dep.)
9:05 (arr.)
14:48(dep.)
14:47 (arr.)
16:24(dep.)
16:23 (arr.)
Kawabe
*6
12:35 (arr.)
12:41 (dep.)
15:36 (arr.)
15:42 (dep.)
18:45 (arr.)
18:51 (dep.)
9:01(dep.)
8:55 (arr.)
14:44(dep.)
14:37 (arr.)
16:20(dep.)
16:13 (arr.)
Hirosaki 12:48 (arr.)
12:52 (dep.)
15:49 (arr.) 18:58 (arr.)
19:02 (dep.)
8:48(dep.)
8:44 (arr.)
14:30(dep.)
14:26 (arr.)
16:06 (dep.)
Shin-Aomori 13:21 (arr.)
13:23 (dep.)
19:32 (arr.)
19:34 (dep.)
8:16(dep.)
8:15 (arr.)
13:58(dep.)
13:57 (arr.)
Aomori 13:29 (arr.) 19:40 (arr.) 8:09 (dep.) 13:51 (dep.)
Stops 1 3 5 2 4 6
  • * The above information is current as of June 2020.
  • * The stops and times may be subject to change.
  • *1 Basic fare, reserved seat and other tickets are not sold at Oiwake, Hachirōgata, and Akitashirakami stations around the departure times of Resort Shirakami 4 and 6.
  • *2 Basic fare, reserved seat and other tickets are not sold at Iwadate, Jūniko, WeSPa-Tsubakiyama, Senjōjikii, Itayanagi, and Fujisaki stations.
  • *3 Basic fare, reserved seat and other tickets are not sold at Fukaura Station around the departure time of Resort Shirakami 6.
  • *4 Basic fare, reserved seat and other tickets are not sold at Ajigasawa Station around the departure times of Resort Shirakami 5 and 6.
  • *5 Basic fare, reserved seat and other tickets may not be available at Mutsu-Morita Station around the departure time of Resort Shirakami 6. Basic fare, reserved seat and other tickets are not sold around the departure time of Resort Shirakami 5.
  • *6 Basic fare, reserved seat and other tickets are not sold at Kizukuri, Mutsu-Tsuruda and Kawabe stations around the departure time of Resort Shirakami 5.

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Green circle Buna Blue circle Aoike Brown circle Kumagera

July 2020
July 1 3 5 2 4 6 July
           
           
Buna   Aoike   Buna  
Buna   Aoike Aoike Buna  
Buna     Aoike Buna  
           
           
           
           
Buna   Aoike   Buna  
Buna   Aoike Aoike Buna  
Buna     Aoike Buna  
           
           
           
           
Buna   Aoike   Buna  
Buna   Aoike Aoike Buna  
Buna     Aoike Buna  
           
           
           
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
August 2020
August 1 3 5 2 4 6 August
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Kumagera Buna Aoike Aoike Kumagera  
Kumagera   Aoike Aoike Kumagera  
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Kumagera Buna Aoike Aoike Kumagera  
Kumagera   Aoike Aoike Kumagera  
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna   Aoike Aoike Buna  
September 2020
September 1 3 5 2 4 6 September
Buna   Aoike Aoike Buna  
  Buna Aoike Aoike    
  Buna Aoike Aoike   Buna
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Kumagera Buna Aoike Aoike Kumagera  
Kumagera   Aoike Aoike Kumagera  
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Kumagera Buna Aoike Aoike Kumagera  
Kumagera   Aoike Aoike Kumagera  
Kumagera   Aoike Aoike Kumagera  
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Kumagera Buna Aoike Aoike Kumagera  
Kumagera   Aoike Aoike Kumagera  
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Buna Kumagera Aoike Aoike Buna Kumagera
Kumagera Buna Aoike Aoike Kumagera  
  • * The above information is current as of June 2020.
  • * Service dates may be subject to change.

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