Japan Railway & Transport Review No. 64 (photostories)


JR East Series E7/W7 Shinkansen

The Series E7 shinkansen (called W7 Shinkansen by JR West) was developed jointly by JR East and JR West for use on sections between Tokyo and Kanazawa (Nagano–Kanazawa section due open in 14 March 2015).
The livery consists of three colours: sky blue (roof), Hiun white (side), copper and sky blue (band). The interior design reflects the keyword Wa (harmony), and the design concept, ‘Future of Wa’.

Photo: Exterior of new Series E7/W7 shinkansen
Photo:Interior of Series E7/W7 shinkansen GranClass first class car
Photo: GranClass interior
Photo: Interior of Series E7/W7 Green Car
Photo: Interior of Series E7/W7 standard class car
JR East Series E6 Shinkansen

The Series E6 shinkansen was introduced on the Akita Shinkansen on 16 March 2013. The livery consists of madder red (roof), Hiun white (side), and arrow silver (band). The interior design reflects the concept of comfort, kindness, and ‘yours’. The initial speed of 275 km/h was increased to 320 km/h in March 2014.

Photo: Exterior of Series E6 shinkansen
New Shinkansen Carriages
JR East
Series E3 Shinkansen

The Series E3 shinkansen was introduced on the Tohoku Shinkansen and Akita Shinkansen in 1997. It was later used on the Yamagata Shinkansen following extension to Shinjo. The series has been retired from the Akita Shinkansen, but remains in service on the Yamagata Shinkansen and Tohoku Shinkansen. The livery was changed in April 2014 in concert with a Yamagata tourism campaign. The new design has four colours: deep purple symbolizing the Mandarin Duck—the official bird of Yamagata; a gradation of yellow and red, with yellow symbolizing the original colour of safflower—the official flower of Yamagata, and red—the colour of safflower dye; and white, symbolizing the snow in Yamagata.


Treiyu is a neologism based on the word ‘train’ and ‘soleil’. The train, using refurbished Series E3 car, was introduced on the Yamagata Shinkansen (between Fukushima and Shinjo) on 19 July 2014. The design concept is to let passengers enjoy Yamagata’s cuisine, history, culture, hot springs, and nature on a train.
The main features of this train include a bar and footbath.

Photo: Exterior of Treiyu
Photo: Footbath on Treiyu
New Shinkansen Carriages
JR Kyushu
Series 800 No. 1000

The Series 800 was introduced on the Kyushu Shinkansen when the line partially opened on 13 March 2004. The No. 1000 car debuted on 22 August 2009. The Series 800 as a whole is known for its luxurious design with elegant upholstery, and gilded walls. The newer No. 1000 car features a new multi-purpose room, and a inspection device for track and electricity.

Photo: Exterior of new Series 800 shinkansen
Photo: Interior of new Series 800 with gilded wall
Photo: Interior of new Series 800 with upholstery made of Gobelin tapestry with ivy design
New Shinkansen Carriages

JR Central, JR West N700
The Series N700 was manufactured as a successor to the Series 0 and Series 100; it debuted on the Tokaido Shinkansen on 1 July 2007. The carriage was built jointly by JR Central and JR West to meet the needs of both companies because their shinkansen tracks are connected directly. The design concept was high-speed, comfort, and energy saving. Newly introduced systems, such as car-body tilting, allowed a travel time between Tokyo and Osaka of 2 hours and 25 minutes, as well as reducing energy consumption by 49%.

Photo: Exterior of Series N700 shinkansen
Photo: Exterior of N700A shinkansen with Mt Fuji as backdrop
JR Central, JR West N700A

N700A is the successor to the Series N700 and debuted in February 2013. It features improved brake disk, earthquake braking system with shorter braking distance, cruise control, and a bogie oscillation detection system. The Series N700 will also be retrofitted with the same brake disk, earthquake braking system, and cruise control.