Yamagata Shinkansen

Yamagata Shinkansen

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The is a Mini-shinkansen route in Japan, operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East). It provides service between Tokyo and Shinjō in Yamagata Prefecture over the tracks of the Tōhoku Shinkansen and the Ōu Main Line.

The term Yamagata Shinkansen refers to the segment that connects Fukushima in Fukushima Prefecture and Shinjō.


Trains consist of 7-car E3 series trainsets operating as Tsubasa services. Between Tokyo and Fukushima, the trains run coupled to Yamabiko trains on the Tōhoku Shinkansen. Between Fukushima and Shinjō, the trains run on their own.


  • July 1, 1992: Tsubasa services start from Tokyo to Yamagata with six-car 400 Series Shinkansen attached to a 200 Series Shinkansen on Tōhoku Shinkansen tracks between Tokyo and Fukushima.
  • December 1, 1995: Trains are extended to seven cars.
  • December 4, 1999: Line is extended to Shinjō.
  • September 21, 2001: Double-decker E4 Series Shinkansen replace the 200 series trains on the Tōhoku Shinkansen.
  • March 18, 2007: All cars are made non-smoking.
  • December 20, 2008: E3-2000 series trains commence operation.
  • April 18, 2010: 400 series trains cease operations.
  • March 11, 2011: All services are suspended due to the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
  • March 31, 2011: Partial services resume between Fukushima and Shinjō.
  • April 12, 2011: Through-service resumed between Tokyo and Shinjō but at half of previous capacity.NHK, "Yamagata Shinkansen fully resumes operations",......
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