Hinabi

Route Map

A getaway to connect with the local area
on a relaxing railway journey

Natural hometown scenery throughout the seasons

Enjoy the rows of cherry blossom trees and shimmering rice paddies in spring, the rice sprouts and blue skies of summer, the changing leaves and golden rice stalks of autumn, and the quiet snow-filled landscape of winter. Gaze out from the large train windows upon scenery that changes with the seasons.

Enjoy special meals made with local ingredients

We will introduce ``Uketorip'', a mobile ordering service that allows you to make a reservation and payment in advance from your smartphone and pick up your order at the station platform on the day of your ride. You can enjoy delicious food along the line.

Hinabi [Aomori & Iwate Prefecture]
Route Map
Debut year
December 2023
Service area
Morioka Station - Hanamaki Station - Kamaishi Station

Travel Guide

Here are some recommended spots
along the Hinabi route.

Hinabi route map
  • Morioka Castle Site Park
  • Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building
  • Wanko Soba
  • The connecting / separating of the Hayabusa & Komachi
  • Future City Galaxy Earth Railway Mural
  • Miyazawa Kenji Museum
  • Miyazawa Kenji Fairy Tale Village
  • Megane Bridge (Miyamorigawa Bridge)
  • Kappa Pool
  • Tono Furusato Village
  • Rokando Cave
  • Uogashi Terrace
  • Unosumai Tomosu
  • Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site
  • Ōtsuchi Station
  • Namiita Kaigan Beach
Morioka Castle Site Park
Morioka Castle Site Park
Morioka Castle Site Park

Morioka Castle Site Park

This castle served as the residence of a long line of Morioka’s feudal lords. Selected as one of Japan's top 100 castles and historical parks, you can enjoy seasonal landscapes like cherry blossoms and autumn leaves.

Access
1-37 Uchimaru, Morioka-shi, Iwate
Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building
Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building
Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building

Bank of Iwate Red Brick Building

Designed by Manji Kasai and Kingo Tatsuno, who also designed Tokyo Station, this building was used as a bank for over 100 years until 2012. It has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property and is currently open to the public.

Access
1-2-20, Nakanohashidori, Morioka-shi, Iwate
Wanko Soba
Wanko Soba
Wanko Soba

Wanko Soba

With this Iwate specialty, the waiter will keep adding soba noodles to your bowl while shouting, "Hora, janjan!" to keep you from having an empty bowl.

Access
Throughout Morioka City and Hanamaki City
The connecting / separating of the Hayabusa & Komachi
The connecting / separating of the Hayabusa & Komachi
The connecting / separating of the Hayabusa & Komachi

The connecting / separating of the Hayabusa & Komachi

Morioka Station, the gateway to tourism in Iwate Prefecture, is the only station where you can see the Tohoku Shinkansen "Hayabusa" and the Akita Shinkansen "Komachi" get connected and separated.

Access
1-48 Moriokaekimaedori, Morioka-shi, Iwate
Future City Galaxy Earth Railway Mural
Future City Galaxy Earth Railway Mural
Future City Galaxy Earth Railway Mural

Future City Galaxy Earth Railway Mural

This magical 10m x 80m wall mural was inspired by “Night on the Galactic Railroad.” The artwork uses special paint, making nighttime the best time to check it out.

Access
Atago-cho, Hanamaki-shi, Iwate (the north side of Hanamaki Station)
Miyazawa Kenji Museum
Miyazawa Kenji Museum
Miyazawa Kenji Museum

Miyazawa Kenji Museum

In addition to exhibits of Kenji Miyazawa's personal belongings, manuscripts, and other related items, visitors can experience the diverse world of Kenji through videos, slides, and library materials about his poetry, fairy tales, education, and agricultural sciences.

Access
1-1-36 Yasawa, Hanamaki-shi, Iwate
Miyazawa Kenji Fairy Tale Village
Miyazawa Kenji Fairy Tale Village
Miyazawa Kenji Fairy Tale Village

Miyazawa Kenji Fairy Tale Village

A wondrous place to experience the world of Kenji Miyazawa's fairy tales. "Kenji's School," an interactive facility made up of five zones depicting the world that Kenji envisioned, features exhibits related to his fairy tales, as well as a gift shop selling products related to Kenji's works and Hanamaki specialty products.

Access
26-19 Takamatsu, Hanamaki-shi, Iwate
Megane Bridge (Miyamorigawa Bridge)
Megane Bridge (Miyamorigawa Bridge)
Megane Bridge (Miyamorigawa Bridge)

Megane Bridge (Miyamorigawa Bridge)

This bridge, officially called the Miyamorigawa Bridge, is an arch bridge made up of five interconnected semicircles. Kenji Miyazawa is said to have modeled his masterpiece "Night on the Galactic Railroad" on the Iwate Light Railway (the predecessor of the JR Kamaishi Line) that ran over this bridge.

Access
30-37-1 Shimomiyamori, Miyamori-cho, Tono-shi, Iwate
Kappa Pool
Kappa Pool
Kappa Pool

Kappa Pool

Kappa Pool has clear, swift-flowing water and is surrounded by dense shrubbery. A kappa could appear at any moment. At the pool’s shore is a small shrine dedicated to the Kappa god, and it is said that if a woman with child prays for her milk to flow, it will come true.

Access
Tsuchibuchi, Tsuchibuchi-cho, Tono-shi, Iwate
Tono Furusato Village
Tono Furusato Village
Tono Furusato Village

Tono Furusato Village

Tono Furusato Village is a place that recreates a nostalgic farming village.
A variety of rural experiences like using plants and tree-based dyes and pottery making await you in this tranquil landscape.
Take off your watch and enjoy a moment immersed in the nature of Tono.

Access
5-89-1, Kamitsukemagyu, Tsumagyu-cho, Tono-shi, Iwate
Rokando Cave
Rokando Cave
Rokando Cave

Rokando Cave

880 meters from the entrance, a meter-wide waterfall called the "waterfall of the heavenly cave" cascades down from a height of 29 meters. This is one of the largest and most impressive cave waterfalls in Japan.

Access
298-81 Tsuchikura, Kamiarisu, Sumita-cho, Kesen-gun, Iwate
Uogashi Terrace
Uogashi Terrace
Uogashi Terrace

Uogashi Terrace

This facility promotes “Kamaishi, the City of Fish” to help make the waterfront area of Kamaishi City more lively. It features a spacious terrace overlooking Kamaishi Bay. All the restaurants have ocean views, and both the restaurants and event spaces let you enjoy Kamaishi's seafood and local dishes.

Access
3-3 Uogashi, Kamaishi-shi, Iwate
Unosumai Tomosu
Unosumai Tomosu
Unosumai Tomosu

Unosumai Tomosu

This earthquake memorial park is made up of a Tsunami Memorial Hall that promotes disaster prevention and shares lessons learned from the earthquake, the Kamaishi Memorial Park to remember the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and the Unosato Visitor Center, where visitors can dine and purchase souvenirs.

Access
4-901-2 Unosumai-cho, Kamaishi-shi, Iwate
Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site
Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site
Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site

Hashino Iron Mining and Smelting Site

Japan’s oldest Western-style blast furnace, built under the guidance of Takato Oshima, the father of modern ironmaking. The site was registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2015. Visitors can learn about the history of ironmaking at the adjacent information center.

Access
2-6 Hashino-cho, Kamaishi-shi, Iwate
Ōtsuchi Station
Ōtsuchi Station
Ōtsuchi Station

Ōtsuchi Station

The station’s roof is shaped like Otsuchi’s iconic Hyotanjima (Horaijima) and the station also features a tourist information center and a restaurant.

Access
1-1 Honcho, Otsuchi-cho, Kamihei-gun, Iwate
Namiita Kaigan Beach
Namiita Kaigan Beach
Namiita Kaigan Beach

Namiita Kaigan Beach

This beach is famous for its rare “one-way waves,” which come in to shore but do not reverberate back out to sea. The beach was known for its contrasting white sand, pine forests, and blue sea, but much of the shoreline disappeared due to the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. Thanks to shoreline restoration work, the beach reopened in the summer of 2022 for the first time in 11 years.

Access
Dai 14 Chiwari 3-1, Kirikiri, Otsuchi-cho, Kamihei-gun, Iwate

Train Details

The two-car diesel hybrid train "Resort Asunaro" has been reborn
as a new sightseeing train for the northern Tohoku region.
Enjoy a stylish and relaxing train ride with
a beautiful view of northern Tohoku.
The “Morioka color scheme” commonly used for diesel trains that ran in Iwate and
Aomori features red lines against a white background, with mountains in the center 
and waves, rivers, and snowflakes on both sides to represent the rich nature of northern Tohoku.

Car interior

Car no. 1

Car no. 1 is a Green Car.
The car features mostly 4-seat box seats and 2-seat box seats to make group travel more comfortable. At the rear of the driver's cab is an observation deck, a spacious area with chairs and sofas. Large windows provide a relaxing view.

Car no. 2

Car no. 2 is an Ordinary Car.
This car has reclining pair seats. An observation deck is located at the rear of the driver's cab, where passengers can enjoy seasonal views through the large side windows.

Car layout

Make the most of your train ride

We will introduce you to ways to enjoy your Hinabi along the Kamaishi Line, such as food that can only be tasted here and coloring books that you can enjoy not only on the train but also at home.

Menu introduction

Since its establishment in 2020, "Tono Yuya" has been manufacturing and selling "rice balls" unique to Tono City, Iwate Prefecture, using local ingredients as ingredients.
As a product exclusive to Uketorippu, we have created a set that includes two rice balls made with popular ingredients, moromi pickles (folklore pickles) made in Tono City, daily side dishes, salads, and drinks. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and Tono Yuya's specialty rice balls.
(Down/up) Available from Tōno Station
"Rice Ball Box"
“Rice Ball Box” ¥1,200 (tax included)
To purchase, please use the advance reservation service "Uketrippu" from your smartphone.
  • Uketorippu

    *Reservations can be made up to 5 days before the boarding date.
    *There will be no on-board sales on the day.
    Click here to make a reservation. (Smartphone-only site)


Hospitality

Hinabi coloring page

A free coloring page to celebrate the launch of the Hinabi train service.
Feel free to download this coloring page.

  • * Please refrain from modifying or using the design.

Hinabi coloring page file (98KB)

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Timetable & Calendar

How to Board

Package Summary

All seats on Hinabi trains are reserved seats (non-smoking).
Please purchase a reserved seat ticket or a green ticket in advance.

  • Seat reservations can be made at JR-EAST Train Reservation, JR Ticket Offices (Midori-no-Madoguchi) at major JR stations, and Reserved Seat Ticket Vending Machines (*) from 10:00 a.m. one month prior to the date of use.
  • * Reserved seat ticket and green ticket sales via reserved seat ticket vending machines begin at 10:10 a.m. one month prior to the date of use.