Train lines in Japan - Joetsu Shinkansen

Joetsu Shinkansen

The Joetsu Shinkansen connects Tokyo Station with Niigata Station in Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture.

There are two types of train services - Toki and Tanigawa. Toki trains go from Tokyo Station through to Niigata Station, and do not stop at every station on the line. Tanigawa trains go from Tokyo Station to Echigo Yuzawa Station, and stop at each station on the line. If you see the word Max before Toki or Tanigawa (eg Max Toki) it means that it is a double decker train. Head for the upper floor for the best views!

Joetsu Shinkansen
Station names and distances from Tokyo Station to Niigata Station in Niigata Prefecture

See also:

>> Trains in Japan
>> Regional train line connections

Regional Travel Guides:

>> Minakami
>> Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma


About GALA Yuzawa Station:
A winter-only (and Shinkansen-only) station called GALA Yuzawa Stationopens when the GALA Yuzawa snow resort is open during winter - the Shinkansen station shares the same building with the GALA Yuzawa gondola taking people directly up to the slopes. GALA Yuzawa Station is just 1.8km further on from Echigo Yuzawa Station and officially on the 'GALA Yuzawa line' (limited express fee applies!), but essentially it is an extension of the Joetsu Shinkansen Tanigawa trains.

Interesting fact - the branchline was initially built for maintenance purposes but upgraded in 1990 when JR East developed the GALA Yuzawa ski resort.

Station Name Station name in Japanese Prefecture Distance from Tokyo Station Distance from Echigo Yuzawa Connecting train lines 
Tokyo Station 東京駅 Tokyo
>>> 199.2km Hokuriku Shinkansen
Tohoku Shinkansen
Tokaido Shinkansen
Tokaido Honsen
Tohoku Honsen
Sobu Honsen
Ueno Station 上野駅 3.6km 195.6km Hokuriku Shinkansen
Tohoku Shinkansen
Tohoku Honsen
Omiya Station 大宮駅 Saitama
30.3km 168.9km Hokuriku Shinkansen
Tohoku Shinkansen
Kumagaya Station 熊谷駅 64.7km 134.5km Hokuriku Shinkansen
Chichibu Honsen
Honjo Waseda Station 本所早稲田駅 86.0km 113.2km Hokuriku Shinkansen
Takasaki Station 高崎駅 Gunma
105.0km 94.2km Hokuriku Shinkansen
Shinetsu Honsen
Jomo Kogen Station 上毛高原 151.6km 47.6km  
Echigo Yuzawa Station 越後湯沢駅 Niigata
199.2km >>> Joetsu-sen
GALA Yuzawa Station ガーラ湯沢駅 201.0km 1.8km  
Urasa Station 浦佐駅 228.9km 29.7km Joetsu-sen
Nagaoka Station 長岡駅 270.6km 71.4km Shinetsu Honsen
Tsubame Sanjo Station 燕三条駅 293.8km 94.6km Yahiko-sen
Niigata Station 新潟駅 333.9km 134.7km Shinetsu Honsen

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