Akita Shinkansen

Akita Shinkansen

The Akita Shinkansen Komachi debuted in 1997, running from Tokyo to Akita with stops along the way such as Sendai and Morioka. Interspersed along the route between Morioka and Akita are many sightseeing spots, including Lake Tazawa, known for its clear water, and Kakunodate (also in Akita Prefecture), known for its wonderful cherry blossom trees.

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The Train Line-up

Series E6

Series E6

The Komachi: Tokyo – Akita

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Interior Layout of Cars

Non-smoking cars

The Komachi Series E6: 7-car trains

The Komachi Series E6: 7-car trains


The Komachi Series E6: 7-car trains

Trains between Tokyo and Morioka are coupled with an 10-car train.
The public telephone service is available between Tokyo and Morioka Stations.

  • Green cars (First class)
  • Changing bed
  • Lavatory
  • Restrooms
  • Men's toilet
  • Seats for wheelchair users
  • Accessible facility
  • Telephone
  • Conductor's room

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Series E6

Green cars (First class)
Ordinaly Car

Timetables and Seat Reservations

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Places of Interest

Akitashinkansen Map

The water of Lake Tazawa is known for its beautiful, cobalt blue color and is the deepest of any lake in Japan. Its glittering surface does not freeze in winter, so visitors enjoy its wondrous scenery all year round. About 40 minutes from Tazawako Station is Nyuto Hot Springs Village, a spot famous for its marvelous hot springs, each with its unique properties and restorative effects. Another feature of this village is the encircling mountains, whose natural beauty typify the Tohoku region.
Access: Take the Akita Shinkansen to Tazawako Station.
Kakunodate is a town in Akita Prefecture where many samurai mansions of old remain. Historically flourishing as a castle town, Kakunodate earned the nickname Little Kyoto from its townscape. In spring, some four hundred weeping cherry blossom trees come into bloom, a delight to the eye.
Access: Take the Akita Shinkansen to Kakunodate Station.
The Kanto Festival, or Festival of Lantern Poles, is a traditional event for which Akita is well known. Men carry poles 40 feet and higher, decorated with lanterns, and perform traditional tricks such as balancing them on their palms, foreheads, shoulders and even waists. The lantern poles weight 100 pounds or more, and their feats of skill and displays represent wishes for a bountiful harvest. The namahage event of the Oga Peninsula is particularly characteristic of winter, when adults dress as monsters to test the mettle of children.
Access: Take the Akita Shinkansen to Akita Station.