Journey Name: Joetsu Shinkansen: Tokyo-Niigata  |  Journey Duration: Scenic Day Trips
The Joetsu Shinkansen is a shinkansen line that connects Tokyo with Niigata. It was opened in 1982 and is operated by the East Japan Railway Company, commonly known as JR East. It provides tourists with access to hot spring and ski resorts in Gunma and Niigata.
Train Departure Schedule :
January - March
April - June
July - September
October - December
Journey Dates :
Places Covered:
Tokyo, Niigata
Day to Day Itinerary:

Two train categories operate on the Joetsu Shinkansen:


The Toki is the faster of the two train categories along the Joetsu Shinkansen. It runs between Tokyo and Niigata Stations. Some Toki trains use 2-story train sets and are known as MAX Toki with some non-reserved cars with rows of 3x3 non-reclinable seats on their second floor. All other ordinary seats come in rows of 3x2 seats, and Green Cars with rows of 2x2 seats.


The Tanigawa is the slower of the two train categories along the Joetsu Shinkansen, serving all stations between Tokyo and Echigo-Yuzawa Stations. During the winter months, some trains continue to Gala Yuzawa Station at the base of the Gala Yuzawa ski resort. Some Tanigawa trains use 2-story train sets and are known as MAX Tanigawa with some non-reserved cars. Some trains during rush hours are fully non-reserved (except Green Cars).


Please check with us. 
Rail fare only. 
Route Map
  • A unique experience of travelling in one of the worlds’ fastest trains.
  • Cost Effective way of travelling in Japan
  • Can be used as part of the Japan Rail Pass
  • Fast, Punctual, Comfortable, Spacious and Efficient
  • Similar to flying within Japan, but with the advantage that you start and end right in the middle of the city.