Yamagata Shinkansen Timetable
The Yamagata Shinkansen line runs off the Tohoku Shinkansen line from Fukushima Station to Shinjo Station in Yamagata Prefecture. Enroute it stops at multiple stations including Yamagata, the nearest major station to Zao Onsen Ski Resort. On this page you will find the following information:
Covered by the Japan Rail (JR) Pass, the Yamagata Shinkansen is often referred to as a ‘mini-shinkansen’ given that it operates on standard gauges tracks and has a different formation to true shinkansen services. There is only one type of service – the ‘Tsubasa’ – operating on the line with some of those services originating at Tokyo and running along the Tohoku Shinkansen line before connecting through to the Yamagata line via Fukushima Station. For more information, see the ‘Yamagata Shinkansen’ section of our ‘Tohoku Shinkansen’ main page.
TIMETABLE FROM TOKYO / FUKUSHIMA TO SHINJO
Regular services run from Fukushima Station to Shinjo, with all services stopping at Yamagata and other stations. The ‘Tsubasa’ is the only service operating on the line, with many of those services originating at Tokyo and first running along the Tohoku Shinkansen line before running directly onto the Yamagata line via Fukushima Station. For the full timetable, click on the image below:
The earliest service departing Fukushima bound for Shinjo leaves at 08:22 while the latest departs at 20:56. As noted above, some services originate at Tokyo, with earliest departing at 06:48 and the latest departing at 18:48.
TIMETABLE FROM SHINJO TO FUKUSHIMA / TOKYO
Shinjo Station is the norther terminus of the Yamagata Shinkansen line. Regular services run from Shinjo to Fukushima via Yamagata and other stations, with many continuing on past Fukushima onto the Tohoku Shinkansen line, ending at Tokyo Station. For the full timetable, click on the image below:
The earliest service bound or Fukushima departs Shinjo at 05:40 while the latest leaves at 18:43. The earliest service bound for Tokyo departs at 09:16 with the latest departing at 17:12.
YAMAGATA SHINKANSEN STATIONS & SERVICES
The Yamagata Shinkansen is a regional line branching-off from the main Tohoku line at Fukushima Station and running to Shinjo Station via Yamagata Station in Yamagata Prefecture. Stops on the line include:
Fukushima / Yonezawa / Takahata / Akayu / Kaminoyama-Onsen / Yamagata / Tendo / Sakurambo-Higashine / Murayama / Oishida / Shinjo
Some services operate from Tokyo Station and others start at Fukushima. While the line from Tokyo to Fukushima is separate shinkansen line, from Fukushima onward trains operate on a standard gauge line and do not reach the speeds of true shinkansen services. For this reason, the line is often referred to as a ‘mini-shinkansen’. Running from Tokyo to Yamagata and onto Shinjo, ‘Tsubasa’ services are coupled to ‘Yamabiko’ services as far as Fukushima, where they uncouple and run onto the stations listed above – meaning there is no need to transfer at Fukushima. All services include both non-reserved and reserved seating – with a 2 x 2 seat layout rather than the standard shinkansen 3 x 2 seats (due to the need to run on narrower standard gauge tracks) – along with a Green Car however there is no Gran Class.
TOHOKU SKI RESORTS
Though they might not be as well-known as the resorts of Nagano, Niigata and Hokkaido, the ski resorts of Tohoku offer some excellent skiing and snowboarding and a different atmosphere to the more developed and international resorts of Japan. Our ‘Tohoku Ski Resorts’ page has everything you need to know including all the stats, facts, highlights and accommodation for Hoshino Resorts Alts Bandai, Zao Onsen Ski Resort and Appi Kogen Ski Resort.
PLAN YOUR VISIT TO JAPAN
The Yamagata Shinkansen is just one part of Japan’s fantastic rail network. Unfathomable in its size and efficiency, moving around the country by train is easy and comfortable opening-up all regions of Japan for exploration. Our ‘Plan Your Visit’ page has everything you need to know about visiting Japan – from tips on the best time to travel, times to avoid, entering and exiting the country, money matters, staying connected, accommodation, staying safe and healthy and plenty more to ensure that you get the most out of your time here.