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E3 komachi 2.jpg
E3 series train
Service type Shinkansen
Operator JR East
Line used Tōhoku Shinkansen, Akita Shinkansen
Maximum speed 275 km/h[1]
Started 1997
Rolling stock E3 series

Komachi (こまち ?) is the sole service running on the Akita Shinkansen, using only E3 series trains. Between Tokyo and Morioka, it couples with a Tōhoku Shinkansen E2 series trainset. After Morioka, the Komachi service continues along standard gauge tracks that were converted from narrow gauge. Because it then runs on tracks that have grade crossings, its maximum speed from Morioka to Akita is 130 km/h, compared to 275 km/h on the Tōhoku Shinkansen.

The Komachi service was named after a famous poet from the area, Ono no Komachi, whose name (小町) is also synonymous with "belle" or "beauty" in Japanese.


New E6 series trains are due to be introduced on Komachi services from March 2013, ultimately replacing all the existing E3 series on these services. From March 2014, the maximum speed will be raised to 320 km/h on the Tōhoku Shinkansen, with the speed remaining at 130 km/h on the Akita Shinkansen, allowing journey times between Tokyo and Akita to be reduced by between 10 and 15 minutes.[2]


  • JR Timetable, June 2009 issue
  1. ^ JR新幹線&特急列車ファイル (JR Shinkansen & Limited Express Train File). Japan: Kōtsū Shimbun. 2008. p. 72. ISBN 978-4-330-00608-6.  
  2. ^ Yomiuri Shimbun: "JR東日本の新幹線 13年3月メドに「E6系」導入" (18 June 2009). Retrieved on 19 June 2009. (Japanese)

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