JOYFUL TRAINS

Resort Shirakami

Service interval: Ou Main Line, Gono Line

  • Resort Shirakami
  • Resort Shirakami
  • Resort Shirakami

The Aoike was introduced as the first Resort Shirakami train configuration in 1997, and since a timetable revision in December 2010, has run with the new HB-E300 hybrid train. Building on the exterior design of the original Aoike configuration, the new Aoike is colored with two base tones, a deep blue horizontal line that represents the coastline and a lighter blue for the mystical 12 Lakes, one of which is named Aoike. The contrasting blues plus the silver on the hybrid cars express a train that is harmonious and environmentally friendly. The interior is tied together in off-white, with wood patterning for the walls and luggage racks, and cork flooring for a textured feel.

The second train configuration for the Resort Shirakami, the Buna (beech) went into service in 2003 in time for the Kita Tohoku Destination Campaign, and displays the deep green of the Shirakami Sanchi highlands. The interior seating is done in green tones to complement the beech theme of the train, and indirect illumination is used at night for the ceiling to give the impression of a starry sky.

The third configuration of the Resort Shirakami is the Kumagera, whose design was inspired by the setting sun of the Gono Line and the black woodpecker (kumagera in Japanese), which lives in the Shirakami Sanchi highlands. A red tone appropriate for that bird is used for the seating.

In December 2010, all three train configurations underwent schedule revisions and were increased from three to four cars.

Go inside with Google Street View

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青池(Aoike)

くまげら(Kumagera)

Car interior (Aoike)

The Resort Shirakami is filled with many enjoyable innovations. The relaxing interior has a bright atmosphere. The interior is tied together in off-white, with wood patterning for the walls and luggage racks, and cork flooring for a textured feel.

Cars 1, 3, 4

Ordinary car reserved seating, ample leg room, and reclining seats to relax.

Cars 1, 3, 4

Car no. 3

A venue for special shows such as the Tsugaru shamisen and performances in the local Tsugaru dialect.

Car no. 3

Cars 1, 3

Equipped with wheelchair-accessible restrooms and able to accommodate even wide electric wheelchairs.

Cars 1, 3

Car no. 2

Box seats for the family and friends to enjoy a fun time together.

Car no. 2

Cars 1, 4

Large windows in the observation room and on the sides make the panoramic scenery even more enjoyable.

Cars 1, 4

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

Operating schedule

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.