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East Japan Railway Company (JR East) is a passenger railway company in Japan.
JR East operate High Speed Rail (Shinkansen), Tokyo Metropolitan network and Intercity and Regional network. Our railway network is approximately 7500 kilometers, covers eastern half of Mainland, including Tokyo Metropolitan Area.

Tourist-oriented products

-Creation of Attractive Trains Ridden for the Experience-

As one of our initiatives to open the way toward a new future for railways, over the past several years JR East have been creating attractive trains that, rather than simply being a means of transportation, cater to customers who are focused on the ride experience itself and which offer a range of novel travel experiences.

- On conventional lines JR East operates:

TOHOKU EMOTION RESTAURANT TRAIN which began operating in October 2013 on the Hachinohe Line
SL GINGA STEAM TRAIN, which began operating in April 2014 on the Kamaishi Line
RESORT SHIRAKAMI, which began operating in 1997 on the the Gono Line

- As for Shinkansen lines (high speed), JR East operates:

TOREIYU TSUBASA SERVICE, which began operating in July 2014 on the Yamagata Shinkansen Line between Fukushima and Shinjo stations
GENBI SHINKANSEN, which began operating on April 29, 2016, on the Joetsu Shinkansen Line between Echigo-Yuzawa and Niigata stations

- Further, JR East is preparing to begin operating a new cruise train:

TRAIN SUITE SHIKI-SHIMA will offer trips that give customers a variety of options for enjoying the abundant, beautiful countryside of Japan, its industries rooted in local communities, and its regional cultures that are still part of day-to-day life

JR East themed trains carry customers through a rich series of experiences and places in a manner unique to train travel.

You will find special maps and more information here.

Special Cards