The New E7 Shinkansen Starts Its Run

March 17th, 2014 by
Category: Information

The E7 Shinkansen pulling into Karuizawa Station

The newest Shinkansen model, denoted the E7 Series, began its run on Saturday, March 15. I got a chance to ride the new train on Sunday the 16th.

 

This new series has been built to replace the current E2 series being used on the Nagano Shinkansen line. It will also be used on the Hokuriku Shinkansen line, scheduled to open in 2015. The Hokuriku Shinkansen will provide high-speed service from Nagano to Kanazawa on the Japan Sea coast.

Running in a twelve-car arrangement and topping out at 275kph, the new series is an improvement in comfort and service from the previous design. It has three classes of cars: Gran Class, Green Car and Standard Car. All seats in all classes have adjustable headrests and an electrical outlet — one per seat — for charging a notebook computer, tablet or mobile phone.

The standard car seats appear to be the same width as before, but with considerably more legroom. Upholstery and interior design is much more contemporary, yet still with a Japanese feel to it.

Any shortcomings? Only one that I noticed. The windows are smaller than on the E2 train. But I didn’t take note of this until after I got off the train at Nagano Station and did a side-by-side comparison with an E2. And since I was only on board for thirty minutes, I didn’t take time to see the restrooms. Maybe next time.

It’s a nice improvement from before. It should make getting to and from Nagano even more enjoyable!

7 Responses to “The New E7 Shinkansen Starts Its Run

  1. May I ask some questions? does this train already running on a daily basis? and does it cost the same as the old train? maybe with the faster speed of more than 270km/h, the timetable for this train sould be different from the other old ones? thank you!

  2. It does run on a daily basis, but not every train is the E7. About 7 or 8 trains per day are the E7 right now. The ticket price is the same. The staff at the ticket counter at Nagano Station provides a schedule indicating which trains are the E7. The ticket counters at other JR stations probably have the same schedule available. A similar schedule does not appear to be available online in English yet.

  3. mikki, yes, the E7 runs from Tokyo to Nagano. At Tokyo station, follow the signs to the Shinkansen tracks. The Nagano Shinkansen runs from platforms 20-23. Almost all shinkansens stop at Ueno Station as well. Again, you will need to check at the JR Ticket Counter to know if the train is E7.

  4. I believe that JR updates their timetable during the middle Saturday of March every year, so I speculate that the Hokuriku Shinkansen line will commence operations on 14 March 2015.

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