The Akita Shinkansen (Japanese秋田 新 干线) is a well-developed as a mini - Shinkansen Japanese railway line between Akita and Morioka of the railway company JR East.


The Akita Shinkansen is after the Yamagata Shinkansen the second mini- Shinkansen in Japan. With Mini- Shinkansen own high-speed rail is not built like the rest of Shinkansen network, but rebuilt a stock route from Cape gauge to standard gauge, so that the Shinkansen trains can be bound in the direction of Tokyo. In the case of the Akita Shinkansen Line, and between the Tazawako Omagari Akita and a portion of the Ou Main Line was rebuilt between Morioka and Omagari. The Ou Main Line was rebuilt in its southern portion above the Yamagata Shinkansen. While in the Yamagata Shinkansen, however, the entire section between Fukushima and Shinjō was converted to standard gauge and thus in addition to the Shinkansen trains only a private, normalspuriges rolling stock can be used in the Akita Shinkansen various solutions have been selected. Thus the track body of Akita Shinkansen

  • Standard gauge tracks between Morioka and Omagari,
  • Three rail tracks between Omagari and Kariwano and
  • Parallel run normal and Kapspurgleise between Kariwano and Akita.

The Akita Shinkansen was opened on 22 March 1997. First, 5 -car formations of the Shinkansen E3 series were used, which, however, already in 1998 had to be extended to six cars, as demand grew strongly positive.

Compounds and fleet

On the Akita Shinkansen trains of the series as E3 Komachi connection between Akita and Tokyo. From Morioka, trains are coupled together with the trains of the Hayate connection of the Tōhoku Shinkansen. Between Akita and Morioka top speed to 130 km / h is limited. From Morioka the trains reach the removed as a full Shinkansen line Tōhoku Shinkansen a maximum speed of 275 km / h

The trains of the series E3 from 2013 replaced by the new rolling the E6 series. This can be increased initially to 300 km / h from 2014 to 320 km / h for the section between Morioka and Tokyo the speed. The travel time is reduced by 10 to 15 minutes between Tokyo and Akita. In the transition period between spring 2013 and spring 2014 in which both units of class E3, as well as the Series E6 will be in use, the routes on which the E6 series is used as a super Komachi are marketed, as it is a something 5 have minutes shorter travel time to Tokyo. After the complete phase-out of the series E3, the faster connections are again hot Komachi.


The Omagari Station is true for the Ou Main Line is a through station, the trains of the Akita Shinkansen do there but head.